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August, 2009

Advocate for recess . . .

The beginning of the school year has arrived for many children, so taking a look at the importance of recess seems timely. Recess is defined as a break in the school day that offers children a chance to engage in free, unstructured, active play. Research about recess and play continues to confirm what is intuitive: …Continue reading

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Tune into your tone . . .

Words are powerful. Words can build up or break down your child’s confidence, shape her identity, and affect her emotions. And words are never just words. Words are voiced with tone and volume. When you speak to your child, the tone and volume of your voice are critically important. Children tune into your emotional tone …Continue reading

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Some stress is necessary . . .

In From Neurons to Neighborhoods, a book about early childhood development, scientists refer to three basic kinds of stress: toxic stress, tolerable stress, and positive stress. Exposure to toxic or tolerable stresses can be damaging to a child’s developing brain, but experiencing positive stress is an important part of learning how to handle all kinds …Continue reading

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Co-parenting despite contention . . .

Co-parents are the adults who are part of a parenting team. Functionally, co-parents can include any two or more adults who share the responsibility of raising children, so the arrangement might look like the traditional nuclear family or something different if the co-parents are separated, divorced, or simply living together. Whatever the structure, and whatever …Continue reading

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