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How to nurture better communication with your children

The Telegraph – Linda Blair

“Every parent hopes their children will want to talk to them, to share their hopes and dreams and to seek comfort, reassurance and advice. When can we start making that happen? The answer is that it’s never too early. From the moment they’re born, babies will try to communicate with their carers. Spend lots of face-to face time with your baby so they feel safe and wanted.”(more)

Mindfulness For Kids: How To Teach Your Child To Live In The Moment

The Huffington Post – Alyson Schafer

“Have you ever had the experience of driving somewhere and not even remembering the ride? Too often our brains are running on auto-pilot — we spend time dwelling on the past or planning the future and miss being awake to the here and now. Yet, the only real time we can experience and impact is this very moment. That is why mindfulness is so important and practicing it can lead to a multitude of health benefits. Children can also benefit from practicing mindfulness: schools across North America are slowing beginning to incorporate mindfulness practices in daily classroom routines. Even if your child’s school doesn’t have a program, you can take the initiative to teach your child at home by following these simple tips.”(more)

We asked children why they don’t get enough exercise – here’s what they said

The Conversation – Helen Ingle and Susan Coan

“Getting children off the sofa, away from the TV and outside can be a challenging task for any parent, particularly in the age of increasingly sedentary and screen-focused lives. To stay healthy, it is currently recommended that children do at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity daily. But this has been in decline in recent years. And now only 21% of boys and 16% of girls in England are meeting current recommendations.”(more)

Is learning a language much easier for kids?

Sunshine Coast Daily – Warren Midgley

“IT’S often thought that it is better to start learning a second language at a young age but research shows that this is not necessarily true. In fact, the best age to start learning a second language can vary significantly, depending on how the language is being learned. The belief that younger children are better language learners is based on the observation that children learn to speak their first language with remarkable skill at a very early age. Before they can add two small numbers or tie their own shoelaces, most children develop a fluency in their first language that is the envy of adult language learners.”(more)

Is the digital divide entirely different from what we think it is?

E-School News – Jeff Rubenstein

“For a while now, there’s been a great deal of concern over the digital divide—the gap between students who have easy access to technology and those who don’t. Most debates center on choosing the best classroom hardware to bridge the gap: ‘Should we try to get a laptop on every desk? Tablets? Two-in-ones?’ However, the hardware debate obscures a deeper issue. It doesn’t matter what kind of technology a student uses, so much as what the student is encouraged to do with it.”(more)