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Books That Kids Will Love: Advice for Parents from Award-Winners

by Randy Kambic While kids may list movies, video games, music downloads and other media featuring their favorite athlete, actor or music star as priority holiday gifts, books will expand their thoughts, curiosity and dreams by exposing them to a different set of role models and aspirations. Reading takes kids …

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School Om Work Kids Calm Themselves with Meditation

by April Thompson Schoolchildren are learning the calming effect of tuning into their minds and bodies through a pioneering program in Baltimore, Maryland, that’s replacing time outs and school detentions with mindful moments. Trained staff—including many former students—teach yoga, mindfulness practices, meditation, centering and breath work that empower kids to …

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Making Halloween Less Scary for Kids with Food Allergies

by Sarah Stout Halloween can be fun and exciting for everyone. With the increase in food allergies in recent years, there is growing awareness of those that require special dietary accommodations. Although family members are generally supportive, they often try to show their love by handing out delicious treats that …

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Nature’s Classroom: Outdoor Learning Engages the Whole Child

by Meredith Mongtomery Nature-based schools provide a child-centered, guided discovery approach to early learning that appeals to kids, parents and teachers and offers far-ranging benefits. For youngsters at Tiny Trees Preschool, in Seattle, nature is their classroom—rain or shine; tuition even includes a rain suit and insulated rubber boots. At …

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Fresh Looks at Autism

Focusing on a Child’s Optimal Potential by Linda Sechrist A new paradigm shift regarding autism spectrum disorder (ASD) centers on evolving beliefs about the possibilities for those living with autism, as well as the unimagined brilliance they possess and their need for supportive help. Everyone can benefit from the results …

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Mindful Minutes for Little Ones

Mindful Minutes for Little Ones

Yoga Helps Kids Focus and Relax by Julianne Hale American kids’ school, after-school and weekend schedules now rival the hectic pace of their multitasking parents. Like their adult counterparts, youngsters need time to decompress from the pressures of life and be present in their own skin, and yoga provides the …

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The Joys of Grandparenting: How to Mindfully Love Little Ones

by April Thompson Being a grandparent can be magical; an opportunity to create both lifelong memories and formative experiences for grandchildren. However, it can also pose challenges that need to be managed mindfully, say experts. For more than 25 years, Patricia Salem, of Louisville, Kentucky, a licensed and board-certified art …

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Nighttime Parenting

Fostering Healthful Sleep by Stephanie Dodd According to the American Psychological Association, up to 70 percent of children experience sleep disturbances that affect their emotional and physical well-being. Parents frequently awakened by a child’s interrupted slumber typically are torn between the need to care for their own health and that …

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