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Awesome articles and resources about the development of your child. Physical, cognitive and social & emotional development.
WHEN IS IT OK TO HAND OVER YOUR TABLET OR SMARTPHONE? - Everywhere we look, we are inundated with the need to cleave to our cell phones, tablets, laptops so that we are completely wired into every facet of our digital lives.  It is no wonder that our technological “lifestyle” is bound to spill over into our children’s lives, which begs the question: “When should you introduce tablets and smartphones to your kids?”

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YOU ARE THE EXPERT - It’s easy to find information on parenting. There are thousands of books, articles, and blogs on the subject. Information is readily available for every age and stage of a child’s life, from preconception to birthing practices. Toilet training to temper tantrums. From beginning kindergarten through to transitioning to high school and all the way to preparing for post-secondary education. And from graduation to parenting your adult children.

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WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT YOUR CHILD’S MENTAL HEALTH? - It’s important to pay attention to your child’s behaviour, and talk about it with your family doctor. Aggressive behaviour, excessive worrying, anti-social behaviour… These things aren’t always “just a phase” your kid is going through. He or she might be suffering on the inside.

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WHY EVERY CHILD SHOULD PLAY WITH BLOCKS - What kind of learner is your child? Visual? Auditory? Tactile? It’s easy to see the benefits of playing with blocks and other interlocking building systems for tactile learners. But kids with non-tactile learning styles benefit in big ways too. Visual learners love replicating what they see in the instructions. And auditory learners will narrate their process as they build.

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HELPING YOUR KIDS HANDLE MAJOR CHANGE - There are a lot of factors that make life somewhat unstable for kids today. Economic uncertainty means more frequent job changes for parents. Increases in health concerns could mean a lot of kids need to deal with the death of a family member at younger ages. The list goes on.

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How to Spend Quality Time w/ Your Kids: Medicine for the Whole Family

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HOW TO DISCUSS A MOVIE WITH YOUR KIDS - Think about the last time you watched a movie with your kids. What was your conversation like after the credits rolled? Did experiencing cinema together change you in any way? Did it change your kids?

HOW TO DISCUSS A MOVIE WITH YOUR KIDS - Think about the last time you watched a movie with your kids. What was your conversation like after the credits rolled? Did experiencing cinema together change you in any way? Did it change your kids?

INTERNET SAFETY - The Internet is full of dangers. From graphic content like porn, violence, and hate to more active dangers like bullying, scammers and predators. Just like the larger world, there’s no way to “make it safe” for your kids. But there are rules, safety devices, and ways to build up some good habits and common sense. Your kids can learn how to protect themselves online.

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“DISABLED” – WHAT’S IN A NAME? - Children who have been labeled “disabled” are often met with negative preconceptions. We think of them as “not or less able”. We see them through this lens of “disability”, our focus turning to their inabilities and deficits. We tend not to see them for who they are, what they are capable of and who they can become.

“DISABLED” – WHAT’S IN A NAME? - Children who have been labeled “disabled” are often met with negative preconceptions. We think of them as “not or less able”. We see them through this lens of “disability”, our focus turning to their inabilities and deficits. We tend not to see them for who they are, what they are capable of and who they can become.

CO-OPERATING: OR WHAT I LEARNED BUILDING A FENCE WITH MY NEIGHBOURS - When I went door to door to each of my neighbours and told them I wanted to build a fence, I expected some resistance and hesitation, which I got. What I didn’t expect was the project expanding and more than half of my neighbours wanting to take part in the work.

CO-OPERATING: OR WHAT I LEARNED BUILDING A FENCE WITH MY NEIGHBOURS - When I went door to door to each of my neighbours and told them I wanted to build a fence, I expected some resistance and hesitation, which I got. What I didn’t expect was the project expanding and more than half of my neighbours wanting to take part in the work.

COMPARING HURTS: HERE’S HOW TO STOP - Raise your hand if you ever thought less of yourself because you saw someone do something you didn’t think you could do. All of us? Good. How do you think that feeling helped you? It didn’t, right? Right. Yet comparing our perceived failures to others’ perceived successes is something we do all the time!

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RECOMMENDED READING: THE WHOLE-BRAIN CHILD - As parents we’re invested in the development of our children. We agonize over every milestone. We cheer like maniacs at our kids’ first steps and first words. We obsess about math skills and reading ability. Unfortunately, too often our investment stops there. We may work hard on our kids’ physical and cognitive abilities. But we leave their emotional development to nature, or osmosis, or whatever. That needs to stop.

Recommended Reading: The Whole-Brain Child

OPEN-ENDED PLAY - Open-ended play lets kids be creative and exercise lateral thinking, which keeps their brains agile. Adults have trouble with lateral thinking and coming up with non-obvious solutions because we’ve been trained to dismiss ideas that don’t fit conventional expectations.

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YOU GOT THE CALL–WHAT NOW? - Some special education teachers choose the job because they know someone with special needs. I didn’t get into teaching special education because of anyone specific. Rather, I fell in love with working with kids with special needs as a camp counsellor. Talking to these kids, playing and laughing with them, and getting to know their parents inspired me. But all my experience as a special education teacher couldn’t prepare me for what happened three years ago.

YOU GOT THE CALL–WHAT NOW? - Some special education teachers choose the job because they know someone with special needs. I didn’t get into teaching special education because of anyone specific. Rather, I fell in love with working with kids with special needs as a camp counsellor. Talking to these kids, playing and laughing with them, and getting to know their parents inspired me. But all my experience as a special education teacher couldn’t prepare me for what happened three years ago.

LEGO: A MOSAIC OF DEVELOPMENTAL BENEFITS - We’re a little bit in love with LEGO. And like anyone who has something they love, we want to talk about it. So let’s talk about how great LEGO is and how it does amazing things to your child’s brain. We built our business on the idea that play is a vital driving force behind the development and early education of human beings. As it happens, LEGO’s business is founded on the same important truth.

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