Kid Activities

I Had My Kids’ Technology Use Under Control… Then Came the Snow Day

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Regardless of how much I try to get ahead in terms of managing my kids’ technology use, school snow days mean I’m behind again. Just this week, I re-instituted for about the fifth time a ‘no tech use during the school week’ policy.

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Parent Rap: 12 reasons to appreciate Halloween more than ever

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In our tech-crazed world where virtual reality and texting trump, Halloween is as much of a celebration of connection as it is of witches, ghosts, goblins and candy.

Halloween is a welcome throwback to the times when real interactions were all that counted. It’s a standout celebration that is so popular it’s recognized in Europe, North America, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. 

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10 Strategies for Getting Homework Done Without Tears

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Although some recent studies suggest that parent involvement in children’s homework may be counterproductive, it’s likely that many parents will continue to be involved. My belief is that some parent involvement is helpful as long as it stays positive and productive — the homework gets done without tears and without conflict.

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August Q & A: Summer Reading

boy-reading-outside-summerQuestion: Dr. Kate what are thoughts about allowing my child to listen to her required summer reading rather than read it form a book?

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Disney’s ‘Inside Out’ Offers Explanation of Emotions

Pixar Post - Inside Out characters closeupThe new Pixar movie “Inside Out” is Disney’s latest masterpiece for children and parents alike with a deep and powerful message that all emotions — positive and negative — matter. The movie is an entertaining and insightful 90 minutes of fun with meaning; pretty good for a children’s Pixar movie.

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Strategies for Teaching Children to Find Comfort in Discomfort

resilient-childThe importance of teaching children to tolerate discomfort in childhood is to help them become well adjusted, more resilient adults.

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