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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Your child is gifted

The Christian Science Monitor – Glennon Doyle Melton

“All kids are gifted and talented. Whether in the classroom, or beyond school walls, in sometimes obvious ways, or possibly in more subtle ways, every kid has something to share, waiting to be unwrapped.”(more)

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Alarm bells over computers and child development

The Irish Times – Mark Hilliard

“Children as young as three are increasingly using tablet computers in the home leading to calls for a debate in Ireland on how cyberspace should be controlled in the future…Psychologist Mary Aiken believes parents are becoming less able to provide safeguards alone and filtering software is not always reliable.”(more)

Making families and communities stronger

Tyler Star News – Staff Writer

“There are five protective factors that are linked to the prevention of child abuse and neglect. These protective factors are conditions in families and communities that increase the health and well-being of our children and families. These factors also serve as buffers against child maltreatment.”(more)

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Parents hold a key to kids’ success in education: Opinion

NJ.com – Larry D. Bernstein

“In many households, homework time can be a battle. A child is not interested in doing work after his school day. The parent simply wants the work done to know that the child is handling his responsibilities and learning.”(more)

Families have less time together, teachers warn

BBC – Katherine Sellgren

“Family life is under growing strain as parents have to put work before their children, a survey of teachers finds.”(more)

Monday, April 14, 2014

Fussy Toddlers Watch More TV Than Calmer Kids, Study Finds

Parade – Lindsay Lowe

“Plenty of parents turn on the TV in hopes of calming their toddler down during a tantrum. And the fussier the child, the more screen time he gets, a new study finds, which could harm him developmentally down the line.”(more)

Making a financial stretch is key to saving for college

Reuters – Liz Weston

“Parents who aren’t saving for college could learn a lesson or two from low-income parents who do.”(more)

Sunday, April 13, 2014

What You Don’t Know About Financial Aid (but Should)

The New York Times – Richard Perez-Pena

“In fact, consumers have more tools than ever to decipher college prices and financial aid. College websites are required by law to have net-price calculators, to help people estimate what they would really pay, rather than relying on inflated sticker prices.”(more)

No sugar for a year produces sweet results

USA Today – Michelle Healy

“There are plenty of reasons for American families to put the brakes on sugar consumption. Type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, cardiovascular disease, liver cirrhosis and even dementia have all been linked to diets overloaded with the sweet stuff, much of it added to processed foods and sweetened beverages. Still, cutting back can be daunting.”(more)

Saturday, April 12, 2014

EDITORIAL: Early childhood education best boost for literacy

The Chronicle Herald – Editorial

“Preparing children for school is not just the role of society. Parents, too, have a responsibility to read to their preschoolers to foster a lifelong love of books and learning. Even though parents are busy earning their livings, they can find a few minutes each day to read to children.”(more)