5 Reasons to Read to Your Child at Home

Reading to your child has always been encouraged. It’s now understood to be more important than ever to read aloud to children. Parents can expect a return on their investment when they devote time to reading to their child. The American Academy of Pediatrics urges parents to read to their children from birth. Children who are read to are at a better advantage as they enter school. According to the Academy, 2/3 of American children are not reading proficiently by the end of third grade. By the time they are in middle school, these children are further behind. Here are some reasons to read to your child: 1. Nurture a Bond Reading to your child creates a connection. With physical proximity, ch

Building Positive Thinking with Kids

Stress is up in America. According to the American Psychological Association (A.P.A.), the overall stress levels among Americans increased significantly in 2017 with more adults reporting extreme levels of stress. While the world is becoming more and more stressful, are we equipping our children with the tools they need to manage unpleasant experiences? Children are amazingly resilient. They can bounce back naturally from all sorts of setbacks. A child's young brain is optimized to make connections between feelings, thoughts, and behaviors that can serve them through a lifetime of stressful events. So, it makes sense to help kids learn how to manage stressful situations early on. Stress that

4 Signs Your Child is Stressed

One of the most helpful things a parent can do is to be available to their child. Children who have parents to talk to about their feelings are better at calming down after a stressful incident. According to UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital, 20% of children suffer from extreme stress, but only 8% of parents think that their kids are stressed. That means that almost half of all stressed kids have parents who don’t recognize their stress. Stress can hurt kids physically, academically, emotionally, and socially. Feelings in children create different types of stress. Stress can cause anxiety, depression, and disruptive behaviors. Here are some signs your child is feeling stress: 1. Difficulties w

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