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Friday, July 18, 2014

Being bilingual: Parents see benefit in early language learning

Needham Wicked Local – Jonathan Dame

“…research produced in the last five to 10 years had shown bilingual upbringings to be beneficial for cognitive development. Bilingualism from a young age can boost executive function – skills like planning and self-control – and strengthen linguistic abilities such as understanding metaphors and synonyms…” (more)

Monday, July 14, 2014

Infants Begin Learning Speech Mechanics Long Before Their First Word; Speaking To Them Early Is Key To Language Development

Medical Daily – Anthony Rivas

“Babies are wonderful beings. Sure, they scream and cry uncontrollably, dribble everywhere, and you’re cleaning up after them constantly. But put all that to the side, and what you’re left with is a lovable little thing that always seems to be learning something new — it’s rather impressive, actually.” (more)

Parents: Stop Taking Out Loans For Your Child’s College Education

Forbes – Robert Farrington

“It’s almost time to write that first check for your child’s first year at college. Ouch. Looking at that first statement from your child’s university can be painful – even if they are attending a public college, you’re going to be paying several thousand dollars per year. It’s not cheap.” (more)

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Will You Be Obese? Look at Your Sisters, Brothers

U.S. News – Staff Writer

“Obesity is known to run in families, but new research suggests this relationship may be the strongest among siblings.” (more)

Picky reader? Let your child try nonfiction or biography

The Salisbury Post – Pam Everhardt Bloom

“To many children and their parents, reading involves a beautifully illustrated picture book or chapter book. These criteria can easily provide hours of happy reading, yet they can also be a constraint. This summer might be the time to open new doors of possibility in reading material for your child.” (more)

Monday, July 7, 2014

How to teach … water safety

The Guardian – Staff Writer

“The warm weather and school holidays are the perfect recipe for a summer outside. Ensure your students stay safe while they have fun by water with our lesson ideas.” (more)

Friday, July 4, 2014

FIT TIP: Introduce Your Kids to Sports

Life Fitness – Staff Writer

“Introducing your kids to sports while at their side is a great way to spend time together and encourage an active lifestyle at a young age. Plus, kids who participate in sports develop stronger muscles and bones, have a reduced risk of obesity, improved coordination and sleep better. Here’s how to get the ball rolling (literally)!” (more)

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Skinny Eats for July 4th (Workout Ideas Included!)

Parade – Sverve

“Fourth of July means cookouts, fireworks, and summer fun! But I developed a healthier version of my favorite cookout foods…So after all that food…here are some tips to get your workout in, even during fun summer activities such as camping, hiking or enjoying the great outdoors!” (more)

Monday, June 30, 2014

The not-so-surprising secret to happy children: parents who smile

Quartz – Olga Khazan

“Garner knows that if the mom gets angry about the child’s normal behavior, she might develop a negative attitude toward parenting. And that could be poisonous in a very real way. Pediatricians are growing increasingly alarmed about the dangers of so-called “toxic stress”—certain kinds of childhood experiences, like turmoil, violence, and neglect, that, when chronic, can alter brain structure and chemistry and hurt a child’s chances of long-term success. Harsh parenting by itself won’t necessarily doom a child, but when combined with other stressors, it might.” (more)

Sunday, June 29, 2014

System ‘holds a lot of families hostage,’ mom says

The Des Moines Register – Mary Stegmeir

“Des Moines families denied open enrollment say they understand the importance of diverse schools.” (more)