Halloween Safety Tips

Childtime’s Tips for a Safe and Happy Halloween

Parents, here are some friendly reminders to help ensure your ghouls and goblins have a great Halloween this year.

  1. Stay Close to Mom and Dad – Young children should always have adult supervision when trick-or-treating. If you can’t go with them, see if another parent can take them. Kids should never go into a stranger’s house or even ring their doorbell unless a trusted adult is with them. Older kids should stay together as a group and check in or call home frequently.
  2. Stick to the Curfew – Follow your city or neighborhood’s curfew times and stick to subdivisions and areas with plenty of homes, so your kids can get in as much trick-or-treating as possible in a few hours’ time. Set a time when your older children need to return home. Make sure your kids know to call immediately if something happens or if they will be delayed.
  3. Where’s the Party? – Know the route your kids will be taking if you can’t go trick-or-treating with them. Make sure they know not to deviate from the route, so that you know where they will be. If they’re going to an event instead such as a school or community function, get all the details beforehand. If your child is going to a friend’s house, be sure to meet the parents first and get their phone number.
  4. It’s All About the Costume – Choose a costume for your child that will be safe. No sharp props that could cause injury. Try to keep hems a few inches off the ground to avoid the possibility of tripping. If there’s a mask, make sure the eye holes are large enough to allow for peripheral vision. Use flashlights, glow sticks or reflective tape to make your children more visible. Be mindful of the weather and dress appropriately – use jackets, boots or thermals if needed.
  5. Not on an Empty Stomach – Have a nutritious and filling meal before trick-or-treating so your kids will be less likely to gorge on candy. Plan a “scary supper” with Halloween-themed food. Be sure to inspect all of their candy before allowing them to eat any of their treats. Decide together with your child how to manage not eating all the candy at once and getting a tummy ache. For instance, divide into portions by counting out a certain number of pieces for the week and put them into small baggies.

Happy trick-or-treating!

Daycare centers: Advantages

What are the advantages of daycare?

Many parents like daycare centers because they offer a formal, structured environment. Many daycare centers are inspected for licensing purposes, in some cases caregivers are supervised (many classrooms have more than one teacher), and a director oversees the entire operation.

“I didn’t feel comfortable with the idea of hiring a nanny. I feel like I’d always want to check up,” says Noelle Haland, a copy editor in Minneapolis, Minnesota, whose 13-month-old son Max is in daycare. “I know taking care of a child can be frustrating and a nanny can also find it stressful.” Rather than worry about how a nanny might handle her son during particularly trying moments, Haland decided on daycare.

Another plus: Centers have clearcut rules for parents to follow (such as pickup and drop-off times) so you know exactly what is expected of you. A daycare center is usually more affordable than a nanny. Plus, parents have the opportunity to meet other parents who may be able to lend support and babysitting time.

Also, the arrangement is more stable (compared to, say, nanny or relative care) because the center agrees to watch over your child regardless whether a teacher is sick or tardy or even tired of working for you. Yvonne Matlosz, BabyCenter mom, agrees. “We chose a daycare center so we didn’t have to work around someone else’s sick days and vacation,” she says.

Staff members at good centers are usually trained in early childhood education so they know what to expect from your child developmentally and are able to nurture his growing skills accordingly. If the center you’re considering doesn’t hire knowledgeable staff, keep looking.

Good daycare centers include a nice mix of activities during the day to teach different skills, such as singing, dancing, and storytelling. Scott Huber, whose 3-year-old daughter Lindsay has attended daycare in Portland, Oregon, since she was 2 months old, says he likes the fact that his daughter spends her day doing projects and honing skills in a structured setting.

“They’re not just playing all day,” he says, “they’re learning new things.” Huber says he feels especially good about his decision to put Lindsay in a center when he sees the projects she does. “Many of the instructional projects are a good mix of left- and right-brain activities, usually made of simple objects like blocks or beans or vinyl letters for creativity, but presented in an organized, structured, and methodical way,” he says.

Ongoing research by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development suggests that children in quality daycare centers may even have an intellectual edge over those in other kinds of care. When researchers compared kids in quality daycare to those in other, equally high-quality childcare situations, children in centers performed a little better on tests.

Finally, toddlers can benefit from the chance to socialize with other children, which they may not get to do as often or at all when a nanny or a relative cares for them at home.

 

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Back To School Means Back To Making Lunches! But No Worries…

A lot comes with back to school.  Early mornings, crazy mornings.  Backpacks and permission slips.  New teachers and new friends.  Also, lunches.  Lots and lots of lunches!  Kids getting a little tired of sandwiches?  Check out our Pinterest board for awesome lunch ideas.

8 Back To School Tips Every Student Should Know

The HuffPost has some great tips for back to school!

It’s that time of year again and we can hear the school bells ringing! It can be hard to adjust from the dog days of summer to the busy and fast pace of the school year. Here are eight tips to get back into the school mode and start this year off right!

Tip #1: Have the Proper School Supplies that you need for your classes!
I highly suggest getting folders and binder with patterns and designs to make note taking more fun. During the first day of class most teachers will tell you everything they require for their courses. Make sure that you get the specified supplies so that you are able to keep up with the class work and stay organized.

Tip #2: Get an Agenda!
During the school year is such a busy time! Between taking test, doing home work, attending activities, and school events it can be really hard to keep track of everything. By keeping an updated agenda you can better manage your time and know what you have to accomplish. Having a agenda will definitely help you with time management. Time management is key to being successful and staying on top of everything you need to do!

Tip #3: Know your Course Syllabus
Knowing your class schedule is so important for being successful in the course your taking. Teachers will typical hand out your syllabus in class or post it online. I highly suggest keeping it in a safe and convenient place so you can frequently view. Knowing when you have papers and projects due is so important for passing the course and keeping up your grades. Having the syllabus will allow you to plan ahead and give yourself proper time to complete every assignment and get great grades!

Tip #4: Do Not Procrastinate
This is something that we have all been guilty of in the past and have learned the stressful repercussions. A habit is created in three weeks so if you study for every course your taking daily in 21 days that will be a new habit for you. Dedicating a little bit of time everyday to the courses you are taking is definitely going to positively impact your grades and make you a better student!

Tip #5: Know What is Expected of You
rIt is very important to know what your teachers are expecting from you. Pay attention to what the teacher is saying about the workload of the class and what they are hoping for you to get out of it. Teacher are supposed to want you to succeed so most likely they will provide you with what you need to do to thrive. Knowing their expectations and achieving them will help your year start smoothly. Always remember that communicating with your teachers is key for understanding their expectations.

Tip #6: Get Involved
Getting involved with your school community is great because you can pursue your interest and meet peers who have the same and similar interest as you. Many studies have shown that students who are involved in sports and school activities are able to achieve higher GPA’s. If you enjoy playing sports try out for the school team. If you are a musician or actor then join your school band or theatre company and share your talent with your fellow peers. Join clubs that you are interested in and attend all the meetings. If your school doesn’t have the sports you play, a club you want to join, or a musical or theatre program then talk to your school administrators and see if you are able to start your own! It is amazing to have something that you are passionate about and enjoy doing so never be afraid to pursue your interests.

Tip #7: Learn What Type of Learner You Are
Everyone is individual and so is the way you learn ! There are three main types of learning styles which are auditory, visual, and kinesthetic. Knowing what type of learner you are is going to help you be a better student and have better studying habits.Whenyou are able to determine the type of learning style that is best for you, you will find better results when you are studying and it will result in higher test scores! I highly encourage you to do some research and determine the type of learner you are so you can personalize your studying.

Tip #8: List of academic goals
Write out a list of goals that you want to achieve for the upcoming school year! Do you want to make the lead role in the play, get that varsity spot on the basket ball team, improve your grades, You can reach all the goals you set for this year! When you write down every goal you are able to plan and realize what you need to do to prepare for them. Having that list can be a driving and motivating force to help you work to achieve those goals.

Every new school year is a opportunity for a fresh start, new friends, and to make it count. You have the potential to make this year one of the best ones yet!

5 Back -To-School Trends to Watch

 

Sequined sneakers and ‘millennial pink’: 5 back-to-school trends to watch

The start of school is still weeks away, but many Americans have already begun their back-to-school shopping, according to the National Retail Federation. And this year, their shopping lists are longer — and glitzier — than in years past.

“Families are now in a state of mind where they feel a lot more confident about the economy,” said Matthew Shay, the organization’s president and chief executive. “With stronger employment levels and a continued increase in wages, consumers are spending more and we are optimistic that they will continue to do so.”

Families with school-age children are projected to spend an average of $688 per child, while the total for college students is much higher. The average college student plans to spend $1,051 this year, and in addition parents say they will spend an average of $1,347 on supplies for college, according to a survey by Deloitte. Overall back-to-school spending is expected to rise 10% to $83.6 billion, according to the NRF.

Where will all that money go? Nearly half of shoppers say they’re planning to buy a laptop, while roughly one-third will be springing for a tablet. But that’s not all: Shoes and school supplies are expected to see the highest increases in spending as Americans look for light-up sneakers, glittery notebooks and emoji-encrusted pencil bags. Here, retailers and analysts weigh in on the biggest trends this season.

1. Tech-y clothing

Cargo shorts, jeans, hoodies, even school uniforms are being reconfigured to accommodate cellphones and tablets. Meanwhile, retailers such as Vera Bradley, L.L. Bean and Herschel Supply Co. have introduced laptop-friendly backpacks with cord compartments and headphone ports. “This is really about function seeping into fashion,” shopping analyst Trae Bodge said. “Younger and younger kids are taking cellphones and laptops to school.”

2. ‘Millennial pink’

The year’s it-color, Bodge says, is “an ironic pink.” The muted salmon shade is cropping up everywhere — on clothing, couches and ceilings — and now retailers say it’s taking over school supplies. “It’s definitely the year’s big trend,” says Petter Knutrud, head of merchandising for Office Depot. “Notebooks, pencils, folders, erasers. We’re seeing it across multiple departments and designs.” And, adds Bodge, she also expects it to be a popular shade for girls’ clothing and hair dye in the coming year. “The big thing about ‘millennial pink’ is that it isn’t too girly,” she said. “This isn’t the classic bubble-gum pink that a lot of girls have turned their backs on.”

3. Video-game-friendly laptops

Students are increasingly “studying by day, gaming by night” — and want a laptop that can do both, said Petter Knutrud, head of merchandising for Office Depot. This year, the chain is stocking its stores with lightweight laptops that can be lugged from class to class, and then used for high-performance video games in the evenings. “It used to be that you needed a mammoth, clunky laptop for gaming,” Knutrud said. “Now you can do it all in one daytime-acceptable device.”

This year’s sneakers are awash in neon colors, sequins, pom poms and flashing lights. Above, Skechers Kids S-Lights.

4. Flashy sneakers

This year’s sneakers are awash in neon colors, sequins, pom poms and flashing lights. “Kids have limited ways to express their personalities,” Bodge said. “That’s where bright and exciting sneakers come in.” One example: Skechers’ Twinkle Toes line, which includes light-up sneakers covered in neon-colored cats, glitter emojis, metallic sequins and iridescent unicorns. Some also have pom poms, rhinestones and three-dimensional flowers. At Walmart, executives are banking on Flashlights, a line of high-top sneakers with light-up soles, to rack up an expected $25 million in back-to-school sales. “These are a huge trend we’re betting on this year,” Steve Bratspies, Walmart’s chief merchandising officer, said this summer.

5. Accessories … for everything

It’s not just sneakers that are getting an over-the-top facelift this year. Retailers say add-ons like pom poms, stickers and emoji icons are making their way onto everything from notepads to pencil pouches. “How do you take the everyday stuff you use and make it more ‘you’? That’s the big question this year,” Knutrud said. “A notebook can’t just be a plain notebook anymore. It’s got to have little doodads.” To that end, he said Office Depot has begun adding special displays of accessories — keychains, charms, pencil toppers, donut-shaped erasers — throughout the store. And for the high schooler looking to spruce up a dingy locker, this year’s offerings include chandeliers, light-up mirrors and shag rugs, all made to fit in a standard locker.

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LA Times: What to buy (and skip!) in August

August is an oddball month in retail: July’s Prime Day is over and September’s Labor Day is still ahead. So what’s worth splurging on this month?

Before you hit the stores or the Web for some end-of-summer shopping, here’s your go-to guide for what to buy (and skip) in August.

Buy: Back-to-school supplies

First up on your August shopping list should be school supplies. Classroom products hit store shelves in July, but sales will be better in August — particularly as the beginning of school approaches. Look to back-to-school sales at department stores and office supply chains for deals on backpacks, pens, pencils and other essentials. And as with any sale, remember to apply relevant coupons and coupon codes.

Skip: Major household items

Skip major household purchases, at least until the last day or two of the month. Labor Day and accompanying sales are around the corner. If it isn’t essential for you to make a major purchase in August, hold off until the big discount events arrive around Labor Day weekend. This year, the holiday falls on Sept. 4. (Sales may begin at the tail end of August.)

Labor Day is renowned for its mattress, appliance and home decor deals. Last year, Best Buy took as much as 35% off major appliances, and Sleepy’s discounted almost every mattress by as much as 50%. Price cuts reached 70% at Pottery Barn.

Ourtdoor products typically go on sale in August as summer winds down.
Ourtdoor products typically go on sale in August as summer winds down. (Bed Bath and Beyond)

Buy: Outdoor products

With summer coming to a close, you probably aren’t planning on doing much work in the backyard. That’s exactly why outdoor maintenance products will reach low price levels in August. Buy these items now so you’ll be prepared for next year. If you need a new lawn mower, for example, take advantage of the deals you’ll find over the next few weeks.

Right now, outdoor products are as much as 60% off at Pier 1 Imports, and patio furniture is as much as 50% off at Home Depot.

Skip: iPhone

Pump the brakes on a new iPhone purchase for just a little while longer. Rumors are swirling that Apple is gearing up to release its iPhone 8 as early as September.

New iPhone releases mean two things. First, there will be a new phone with fancy new features on the market that will instantly render your iPhone 7 out of date. Second, Apple and third-party retailers generally drop prices on previous iPhone models in the wake of a new phone, making September a great time for a deal.

Buy: Summer clearance items

As autumn draws near, it makes sense to want to add some sweaters and sweatshirts to your wardrobe. But think again before you swipe your card. Prices at the start of any given season are generally higher than at the middle or end, so the price tag on that comfortable sweater you’re eyeing might not make you feel so warm and fuzzy.

On the flip side, now’s a perfect time to purchase summer clothing and swimwear. Since the warm season is coming to a close, retailers are trying to clear out old inventory to make room for winter weather necessities. If you’re going to buy any clothes this month, you’ll be able to save more on summer staples than winter wear.

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Back To School Info For Parents, Too!

Fall is just around the corner, and, with it, back to school!  Getting your kids ready is one thing, but are you ready?  Here are 55 articles compiled by Marilyn Price-Mitchell, PhD (see original article here) for you guys — PARENTS!

This popular list of back-to-school articles is updated each year. It contains some of the latest thinking and research on learning, achievement, family well-being, parent engagement, special needs children, youth sports, media, technology, discipline, homework, bullying — all the things parents think about at back-to-school time. These articles also support the development of core abilities every child should have — curiosity, sociability, resilience, self-awareness, integrity, resourcefulness, creativity, and empathy (The Compass Advantage). The list is divided by parenting topic, with a short summary of what you will find in each article.

For “big picture” thinking about education and child development, check out my free eBook Reframing Success: Helping Children & Teens Grow from the Inside Out. It shows how grades and test scores are only one aspect of success and how we all nurture vital skills and abilities in young people. For the beginning of the 2016 school year, we’ve added a new section of RESOURCES and free downloads at Roots of Action,including the very popular Parenting Promise, and a handout on the Compass Advantage framework, showing how parents and schools impact eight core abilities in youth.

Please read the articles below that pique your interest now and bookmark others for later. And if you like particular authors, be sure to follow their articles throughout the school year by signing up for their newsletters. I’ve also included links to their Twitter accounts and Facebook pages to make following your favorites easy.

I guarantee you’ll find some meaningful food for thought here – whether it’s back-to-school time or anytime! You’ll also meet some great people who support children’s positive growth and well-being. Happy reading!

Back-to-School Basics: Learning & Achievement

55 Best Back-to-School Articles for Parents, by Marilyn Price-Mitchell PhD

  1. Learning to Be Human by Sophie Gilbert in The Atlantic. Why the humanities are in decline and why they’re more vital than ever. Twitter

2. Educating an Original Thinker by Jessica Lahey in The Atlantic. How teachers and parents can identify and cultivate children who think creatively and unconventionally. Twitter; Facebook

3. Teaching Beyond the Transmission of Knowledge by Miguel Angel Escotet, Ph.D. A call to action for teachers: Why teaching to the test inflicts a cost on students. Twitter

4. The Developmental Psychologists’ Back-to-School Shopping List by Gabrielle Principe, Ph.D., at Psychology Today. Five ways to improve children’s learning at all ages, grounded in scientific research.

5. The Key to Success in Within Your Child’s Developing Mind by Michele Borba, Ed.D., at Roots of Action. Changing the way your child thinks about empathy positively affects their life long relationships and success. Twitter; Facebook

6. A Link Between Relatedness and Academic Achievement by Ugo Uche, LPC, at Psychology Today. The key to student success relies not just with the teacher’s attitude toward the student, but also with the student’s attitude towards the teacher. Parents help develop these attitudes! Twitter

7. Parents & Teachers: 6 Ways to Inspire the Teen Brain by Sandra Bond Chapman Ph.D., at Psychology Today. Get tips to stimulate the teen brain from findings in neuroscience. Twitter

8. Seven Ways to Encourage Reluctant Readers by Steve Reifman, M.Ed.  A teacher’s strategies can turn your child from a reluctant to a willing reader. Try them out! Twitter; Facebook

9. The Coddling of the American Mind by Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt in The Atlantic. Will your children become good critical thinkers? A look at the trend to protect children from feeling uncomfortable. Gregg’s Twitter; Jonathan’s Twitter

10. The Success Myth by Heidi Grant Halvorson, Ph.D., at Psychology Today. Rethink your ideas of what makes us succeed, then apply them to your parenting. Twitter

Family Well-Being

11. Positive Parenting: Six Tips for Channeling Calm So You Don’t Yell at Your Kids by Rebecca Eanes at Positive Parenting. Controlling anger is important work for parents. Learn your triggers before you react. Twitter; Facebook

12. Managing Screen Time Increases Family Joy by Rachel Macy Stafford at Roots of Action. Modeling the healthy use of technology can increase the well-being of your entire family. This article describes six small changes that have big impacts! Twitter; Facebook

13. Beginning Family Meetings by Jody McVittie, M.D., at SoundDiscipline. Back-to-school time is perfect for planning regular family meetings. TwitterFacebook

55 Best Back-to-School Articles for Parents, by Marilyn Price-Mitchell PhD14. 11 Ways to Raise a Child Who is Entitled and Rudeby Christine Carter, Ph.D. at Positively Positive. A great list of what NOT to do with your children! TwitterFacebook

15. The Benefits of Play are “Oh, so Big!” by Katie Hurley at Roots of Action. Why parents should make time for lots of unstructured play time at home. TwitterFacebook

16. Relationships are the Key to Performance not Ability by Rick Ackerly at the Genius in Children. Learn why family and school relationships have the most impact in helping  kids develop well-being and learning to succeed in life. Twitter

17. Positive Parenting: How to Follow Through With Limits by Ariadne Brill at Positive Parenting Connection. Excellent advice on why and how parents should set limits, particularly with young children. TwitterFacebook

18. 4 Surprising Ways to Support a Child’s Self-Regulation & Avoid Melt Down by Lindsey Lieneck. A great article on mindful strategies that brings kids’ awareness to their bodies and help them manage their emotions. Twitter; Facebook

19. It Isn’t Easy Being a Parent by the Search Institute. Nine strategies every parent should know based on fostering developmental assets in children. Twitter; Facebook

20. Healthy Parenting after the Marriage Ends by Kevin D. Arnold, Ph.D., at Psychology Today.  How to support your children’s social, emotional and intellectual health after divorce. Twitter

21. Sibling Rivalry: Helping Children Learn to Work Through Conflicts by Laura Markham, PhD, at Roots of Action. Should parents intervene when siblings fight with one another? What’s the best way to help kids learn to work things out for themselves? Twitter; Facebook

Parent-Readiness and Engagement

55 Best Back-to-School Articles for Parents, by Marilyn Price-Mitchell PhD

22. Parent Involvement: The Missing Key to Student Achievement by James Norwood, Ph.D., at Teaching in the Middle. Learn why developing a partnership with school is one of the most important things you can do to help your child. Twitter

23. 9 Tips for Parents if Your Child is Changing Schools by Meryl Ain, Ed.D., at Your Education Doctor. Must-read tips for parents to help children get comfortable in a new school.  Twitter; Facebook

24. The Unique Power of Afterschool Learning by Leah Levy at Edudemic. Learn how afterschool programs impacts child development and what to look for in programs that “get it right.” Twitter

25. The Case for Dedicated Dads by Jessica Lahey at The Atlantic. Research shows that fathers play a critical role in their children’s education. Twitter

26. Developing Belief Systems About Education: It Takes a Village by Nicole Rivera, Ed.D., at Psychology Today. Children develop beliefs about education through what their parents believe.

27. Top 10 Pinterest Boards for Parents by Cathy James at the NurtureStore. If you are looking for educational projects to do with preschool and elementary school-age children at home, Pinterest is the place to be! TwitterFacebook

Back-to-School Anxiety

55 Best Back-to-School Articles for Parents, by Marilyn Price-Mitchell PhD28. Back-To-School Worries by Eileen Kennedy-Moore, Ph.D., at Psychology Today. How to help children cope with starting a new school year. Twitter; Facebook

29. Ease Back-to-School Stress by Christine McLaughlin at SchoolFamily. How to help your child switch from the laid-back fun of summer to homework and routine. TwitterFacebook

Children with Special Needs, Abilities & Personalities

30. Escaping the Disability Trap by Alia Wong at The Atlantic. A compelling read on how to prepare special needs students for the workforce. Twitter

55 Best Back-to-School Articles for Parents, by Marilyn Price-Mitchell PhD31. Parenting Children with ADHD by Cindy Goldrich, Ed.M., at Roots of Action. Good advice on how to help children focus more, be better organized, and curb their impulsive behavior.  TwitterFacebook

32. Five Ways to Help Your Child Transition Back to School by Chynna Laird at Special-Ism. Mom of a child with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) talks about creating a transition plan for supporting special needs children. Twitter; Facebook

33. The Need to Believe in the Ability of Disability by Scott Barry Kaufman, Ph.D. and Kevin McGrew at HuffPost Education. How our beliefs help or hinder children with disabilities. Twitter

34. The 200 Best Special Education Apps by Eric Sailers at Edudemic. Great apps for teachers and parents who work with special needs children. Twitter

35. From Perfection to Personal Bests: 7 Ways to Nurture Your Gifted Child by Signe Whitson at HuffPost Parents. How to develop a growth mindset in your high-ability child. Twitter; Facebook

Homework: A Back-to-School Reality

55 Best Back-to-School Articles for Parents, by Marilyn Price-Mitchell PhD36. Reducing Homework Stress by Lori Lite at Stress Free Kids. Back-to-school and homework go together. Here are 10 tips to help parents, teens, and children with the daily homework routine. Twitter; Facebook

37. Who Takes Responsibility for Homework? What is the Parent’s Role? By Rick Ackerly at The Genius in Children.Helping kids understand the consequences and rewards of homework. Twitter; Facebook

38. Keep Your Middle Schooler Organized by Nancy Darling, Ph.D., at Psychology Today. How to help kids develop organizational skills and relieve the homework struggle. Twitter

Youth Sports

55 Best Back-to-School Articles for Parents, by Marilyn Price-Mitchell PhD39. Soccer, Baseball or Karate? Top 10 Reasons to Involve Your Kids in Sports by Signe Whitson at Psychology Today. Reasons why being a sports chauffer can pay big rewards. Twitter; Facebook

40. Emphasize the Internal Rewards by Jeffrey Rhoads at Inside Youth Sports. How to help your child experience the internal rewards of playing sports. TwitterFacebook

41. How to Help Kids Be “Winning” Losers in Youth Sports by Patrick Cohn, Ph.D., at The Ultimate Sports Parent Blog. Learn how losing in sports develops internal skills like perseverance, determination, and the ability to adapt to adversity. Twitter; Facebook

42. Heads Up Concussion In Youth Sports by Shannon Henrici at Stress Free Kids. Learn about concussions and what you can do as a parent. Twitter; Facebook

Bullying

55 Best Back-to-School Articles for Parents, by Marilyn Price-Mitchell PhD43. Mean Girls: Why Teenage Girls Can Be So Cruel by Chris Hudson at Understanding Teenagers. Learn how gender influences adolescent behavior in friendship groups and why girls have a natural tendency toward social aggression. Twitter; Facebook

44. Bully Proof Your Child by Lori Lite at Stress Free Kids. What parents can do to protect children from bullying. Twitter; Facebook

45. How to Protect Kids from Cyber-Bullying by Michele Borba, Ed.D. How to keep an electronic leash on your child! Twitter; Facebook

46. Bullying Runs Deep: Breaking the Code of Silence that Protects Bullies by Michelle Baker at HuffPost Education. A poignant and personal story with deep insights for parents. Twitter

Media & Technology

55 Best Back-to-School Articles for Parents, by Marilyn Price-Mitchell PhD

47. Parenting: Who is More Powerful: Technology or Parents? By Jim Jaylor, Ph.D., at Psychology Today. How are you flexing your parenting muscles against the strength of today’s media? Twitter; Facebook

48. How Much Television is Too Much? Science Weighs In by Todd B. Kashdan, Ph.D., at Psychology Today. Science vs. common-sense parenting. Twitter

49. Effect of Video Games on Child Development by Danielle Dai and Amanda Fry at Vanderbilt University. The positives and negatives of video games, according to research.

50. Teen Sexting: What messages should we be sending our teens about sexting? by Raychelle Cassada Lohmann, M.S., L.P.C., at Psychology Today. Learn about sexting and how to protect your teen. Twitter; Facebook

Discipline

55 Best Back-to-School Articles for Parents, by Marilyn Price-Mitchell PhD51. Is It Ever Okay to Spank a Child? by Andrea Nair at The Atlantic. Spanking is always a controversial subject. What’s your opinion? Twitter

52. What is in Your Discipline Toolbox? By Jody McVittie, M.D., at WAFCET. How to use kindness and firmness when disciplining children. TwitterFacebook

53. Why Punishment Does Not Make Good Neurological Sense by Meredith White-McMahon, Ed.D., at Development in the Digital Age. How punishment differs from discipline. Twitter

54. Connection before Correction by Jane Nelsen, Ed.D., at Positive Discipline. How positive discipline creates respectful connections with children. TwitterFacebook

55. The Trouble with Time-Outs by Deborah MacNamara, PhD. While time outs have become a popular disciplinary practice, they are not without critics. Learn why time out’s work and why they don’t. Twitter;Facebook

6 ways daycare is healthy for kids—and parents too

Julie Revelant has a great article about how great daycare can be for your kids!

Good childcare is a must for any working parent, but if you’re worried about putting your child in daycare, take heed.  A well run, quality daycare program can give you the reliable childcare you need and also be good for your child’s health – and yours as well.

Read on for six health benefits of daycare.

1. Less emotional problems

Kids in daycare whose mothers are depressed are less likely to have their own emotional problems, separation anxiety and social withdrawal symptoms than those who are with their moms or an individual caregiver, according to a recent study in the journal JAMA Psychiatry.

2. An opportunity to grow

A quality daycare program can spell success in the future – especially places where the teachers know how to handle behavioral problems and where kids are given enough learning and socialization opportunities, stimulation, and affection. “If all those things are present, that bodes well for the children,” said Dr. Hayley Hirschmann, clinical psychologist with Morris Psychological Group, in Parsippany, N.J. Because kids are used to a schedule and routine, the transition will be easier when school starts, Hirschmann added.

3. Less colds later on

According to a study in the journal JAMA Pediatrics, children who were in large daycare groups before 2 and half years of age had more respiratory and ear infections but were sick less often during elementary school than children who were cared for at home.

4. A bigger brain

Studies show that children who are in daycare early on have higher intellectual abilities, especially because they have opportunities for observation, parallel play and socialization, according to Dr. Francine Lederer, a clinical psychologist in Los Angeles, Calif.

5. Better behavior

One of the biggest benefits of daycare is socialization, because kids have to learn how to share, solve problems and be team players.  And at a well-run program with teachers who have a strong education background, kids learn to use their voices to solve conflicts, Lederer said.

6. Less stress for mom

Stay-at-home moms are more likely to be sad, angry and be diagnosed with depression than working moms, according to a Gallup poll. “A happy mama equals a happy baby,” Lederer said. For some moms, working isn’t an option, but if you think you will be a more calm, happy mom by returning to work, then daycare might be a good option.

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Easy and cute DIY Artwork Displays!

Every child is an artist, right? But displaying all those masterpieces can get a bit overwhelming. Here are some super cool / easy ideas for showcasing your little Monet. (We especially love the clipboards, chalkboards, cork boards and clips that let you switch out the artwork easily!) Check out our Pinterest board for all sorts of clever hacks and ideas.

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