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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Multicultural classroom: Educators encourage foreign language courses in changing times

Lubbock Online – Josie Musico

“Texas graduation requirements include two years of a foreign language. Taking more than that as electives, though, is never a bad idea, say administrators..” (more)

Monday, October 20, 2014

Erin Stewart: What my husband has taught me about parenting

The Deseret News – Erin Stewart

“When I was a new mom, I was often horrified by the way my husband parented our children. He tossed them way too high in the air, fed them the weirdest concoctions like goldfish-and-peanut-butter sandwiches, and never seemed to worry about bedtimes.” (more)

Medications mistakes common among young children

Reuters – Andrew M. Seaman

“Roughly every eight minutes from 2002 through 2012, a child in the U.S. experienced a medication mistake, according to a new study of calls to poison control hotlines.” (more)

Sunday, October 19, 2014

You Can Teach a Two-Year-Old How to Save

Time – Sean P. Lee

“Worried about your children’s retirement? With the help of a few carnival tickets, says one financial adviser, you can get them started early on saving.” (more)

Saturday, October 18, 2014

How to Save Future Generations From Financial Illiteracy

U.S. News & World Report – Odysseas Papadimitriou

“What does it say about our kids’ future when the majority U.S. parents feel their children do not know the basics of sound money management? It’s worrisome to say the least, and that is why we must begin teaching young people the tenets of financial literacy as early as possible.” (more)

Nurture Curiosity in a Child With Autism

The Ozarks Sentinel – Staff Writer

“Along with motivation, curiosity is the one of the best and most direct paths to learning new things. Encouraging curiosity in children is a crucial role parents need to play in developing their child’s intellect. Children will stay curious as long as they are allowed to explore, discover and ask questions. If you want to reinforce curiosity in your child in order to encourage an internal motivation for life-long learning, here are some helpful tips:” (more)

Thursday, October 16, 2014

The Parenting of Science

Wired – JEREMY SCHEINBERG AND CHRIS HARDEN

“As parents we do our best to encourage curiosity but when it comes to science, our resolution is usually a trip to Wikipedia…The result is a missed opportunity to further that curiosity and create a lifelong love of science (or STEM)…it is our responsibility to make STEM appealing. Make it fun.” (more)

Poor Kids Are Starving for Words

The Atlantic – Jessica Lahey

“According to a new initiative, launched at the White House on Thursday, the “word gap” that afflicts low-income children needs to be addressed with the same passion as child hunger.” (more)

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Ten things not to do when your child is applying to college

The Washington Post – Liz Willen

“…it is simply unrealistic to think most busy high schoolers can navigate admissions and financial aid on their own. Parents have to strike a balance between being overinvolved and uninvolved – the stakes are too high. For what it’s worth, here are my top 10 “don’ts” for parents, particularly of high school seniors.” (more)

Monday, October 13, 2014

How Family Dynamics at the Dinner Table Affect Kids’ Weight

Time- Alice Park

“It’s not just what kids eat, but who they eat with that matters when it comes to their weight.” (more)