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Five steps to encourage an attitude of gratitude in children

April 7, 2015

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Five steps to encourage an attitude of gratitude in children by Dr. Monisha Vasa —  My brain knows that gratitude is important. When I am in a state of gratitude — aware of my blessings, small and large — I feel happier and less alone. I feel more connected to the people around me and […]

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Why your child’s sleep habits matter

March 19, 2015

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Why your child’s sleep habits matter by Dr. Nicholas Meyer —  It may be hard to believe, but the fact that breathing is fundamental to life is becoming more widely acknowledged. It is humorous to even think about that statement, but the truth is that poor sleeping/breathing habits, which include snoring — or worse — […]

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Putting Education to Work: How Cristo Rey High Schools Are Transforming Urban Education

March 5, 2015

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Putting Education to Work: How Cristo Rey High Schools Are Transforming Urban Education by Megan Sweas — Focusing on character growth, the Cristo Rey network’s value-based education model ensures the formation of a “whole person” who understands his or her role in helping others and has presented a new vision in school administration and reinvented […]

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Two new books take kid marketers to task

January 22, 2015

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Two new books take kid marketers to task by Joanne Henning Tedesco —  Although there is no “must have” toy or item these days, more advertising than ever is targeted directly at children. Children are such a niche market that there are dozens of annual conferences dedicated to helping manufacturers market wares straight to kids. […]

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Arizona is encouraging schools to be healthier

January 16, 2015

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Arizona is encouraging schools to be healthier by Cary Bailen — We have all read the statistics about childhood obesity and most of us are aware that it is but one problem requiring our intense focus. How do we begin to tackle this issue and the many challenges facing the well-being of our children today? […]

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Pesticide use in schools

December 6, 2014

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Pesticide use in schools by Joanne Henning Tedesco —  Although more and more communities across the country are acting to protect children from pesticide use in their schools, no national protections or standards exist. In an effort to correct this situation and ensure national leadership to protect children from daily doses of hazardous chemicals in […]

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ADD/ADHD — Drug-free treatments

December 3, 2014

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ADD/ADHD — Drug-free treatments by Mary M. Ernsberger —  “Maybe if you found a doctor who’d put him on medication, he would behave better.” How often have you been told the only effective way to treat attention deficit disorder or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD) is to medicate your child? We teach our children to […]

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Forest Bright, Forest Night

November 17, 2014

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Forest Bright, Forest Night by Jennifer Ward, illustrated by Jamichael Henterly — Whichever way you hold this book, the story keeps going. Open it one way and watch the animals of the forest by day, until the sun sets. Flip it over, open it again and follow the animals of the forest by night, until […]

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Preschoolers’ obesity decline misleading

June 21, 2014

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Preschoolers’ obesity decline misleading by Mary Budinger —  Obesity rates among American preschoolers have dropped 43 percent in the past decade, according to a recent government study reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association. However, researchers also found that obesity prevalence increased among women ages 60 and older. More than 68 percent of […]

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The importance of a science-based education

May 25, 2014

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The importance of a science-based education by Marilyn Eisenberg —  Why is science education so important for every child? All children need the knowledge and skills that constitute what is known as “science literacy” — the ability to make sense of the world around them. By helping kids learn how to observe, collect evidence and […]

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Bonding through everyday adventure

May 21, 2014

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Bonding through everyday adventure by Laura Lofgreen —  Taking a child to an amusement park for the first time is an amazing experience. A parent and child can laugh out loud on the kiddy roller coaster and gaze in wonder at a park full of princess castles and superhero adventures. Evening parades may bubble forth […]

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Parenting the Highly Sensitive Child: A Guide for Parents and Caregivers of ADHD, Indigo and Highly Sensitive Children

February 17, 2014

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Parenting the Highly Sensitive Child

Parenting the Highly Sensitive Child: A Guide for Parents and Caregivers of ADHD, Indigo and Highly Sensitive Children by Julie B. Rosenshein, LCISW — In 2010, more than 263 million stimulant prescriptions were given to American children. The need to over-stimulate, over-plan and over-work our children has created an unsupportive environment that Rosenshein hopes to […]

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Keeping kids fit and healthy

February 17, 2014

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Keeping kids fit and healthy by Dr. Linda Khoshaba — Preventative health in children is an important topic to focus on, as this can set the foundation for optimal lifelong health. Teaching kids to eat right and stay active can implement lasting values and help prevent disease. Here are some simple tips to help keep […]

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