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What Parents Need to Know about Nutrition & the First 1,000 Days

Here’s what you need to do to make sure your kids are getting the proper nutrients they need during those first crucial years.

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5 Screen-Free Ways for Kids to Practice Spanish

Like many families, we are an English-speaking household trying to incorporate a second language (for us, Spanish) into our lives. Here are 5 actionable things I could do at home that take little-to-no-effort but have big effects!

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Why Imaginative Play Is So Important

In addition to being downright fun, imaginative play allows kids the opportunity to practice their social, language and creative thinking skills.

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This New Version of Monopoly Is Right on Target

They truly hit the bullseye this time!

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Your Summer Reading List Is Here

“If it has been some time since you were in a library, we encourage you to return, preferably for a leisurely visit with your children, during which you and they can savor time spent in the company of others.”

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How to Encourage Our Daughters to Follow Their Dreams

“Helping your daughter build and grow in confidence to develop her future is one of the best things you can do as a parent.”

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Instagram for Kids Isn’t a Bad Idea. It’s a Terrible Idea

“Because I’m a parent and the founder of a tech company dedicated to improving technology for our children, the consequences feel obvious but here are all the reasons why this new platform is a hard ‘no’ from me.”

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7 Ways to Help Close COVID-19 Learning Gaps

We found several strategies and resources that are perfect for kids who’ve struggled during this past year.

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3 Tips for Veggie-Averse Toddlers

Arm yourself with these handy tricks to navigate a picky-veggie-eater because toddlers are notorious for changing their preferences overnight.

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Haiku for You: Simple Poetry for Kids

Today is National Haiku Day! Teach your kiddos this simple form of three-line poetry with a few easy tips.

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Line Up: 4 Crafty Ways to Introduce Kids to Poetry

From the budding Beatnik to a free-loving free verser, we’ve got four fun ways to show your kids that poetry is not just about the rhyme.

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Sweet & Educational Valentine’s Day Ideas

Turning a kid’s Valentine’s Day party into an educational but fun one is easy with these sweet ideas.

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4 Ways to Make Easter Fun & Educational

“Even though Easter gatherings with family and friends may be limited this year and schools are shut down to avoid the spread of Coronavirus, there are always ways to keep your children happy and engaged in learning during these uncertain times.”

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7 Ways to Bring More Joy to Your Child’s Life

“During this pandemic, everyone could use a little bit more joy, even your children. Here are 7 ways that can help you cultivate this wonderful emotion in your kids.”

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The Power of Forgiveness

“The world would be a much better place if we all could show more empathy and forgiveness in our lives. And maybe, if we taught our children to be more forgiving, then maybe we could be more forgiving ourselves.”

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5 Math Concepts Parenting Taught Me

“Remember that pi is also a mathematical constant. Would you prefer apple or cherry?”

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Why Raising Generous Kids Just Might Save Us All

We live in a hectic culture. Here are tips for slowing down and helping kids appreciate the good things in life.

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Warning: These Classic Books Have Major Racial Stereotypes

From Little House on the Prairie to Peter Pan, these tomes prove that they aren’t necessarily timeless.

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The 9 Most Helpful Children’s Worry Books

These books can help children’s anxiety by helping them identify their worry and taking action to replace the negative thoughts.

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Go Ahead & Eat the Pizza

“When I find myself getting distracted during work and wanting to see my kid, that’s what I do. It’s like having a craving for pizza, you know you’re not going to get over it until you just eat a damn slice.”

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How to Teach Children the Power of Giving & Empathy through Charity

“Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.” —Mother Teresa

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The Mattel Playroom Transforms into a Holiday Hub

Find ideas for holiday decorations and play.

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Paging Bookworms! 5 Dictionary Games for Kids

Today is National Dictionary Day so get out your Merriam-Websters and get ready for a good time!

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School Shootings & the Tipping Point for Teens Who Have Had Enough

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Teen activists may hold an answer to school shootings.
I say “may” and “an answer” because each shooting is different. There’s no one reason for them.

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There is a common denominator. It’s…

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What Happens When You Don’t Come from a Family of Readers?

“Having parents that read is a good thing, and no doubt it does help turn some children into reading mavens. But if you ask me, letting a child explore reading at her own pace and through her own interests can be as effective as any planned course of literature or example of parents perusing the great books.”

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What Should Children Be Allowed to Read?

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When I was a child, there was no way my parents could censor my reading. I simply read too fast and too much for them to keep up.
Once, though, I got hold of a…

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How Do I Talk to My Kids about the Election?

Joann Suen, co-founder of Xyza: News for Kids, explains how to debunk politics for young minds and bring the debate home to your dinner table.

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Tips for Successful Home Learning with Preschoolers

“Homeschooling a preschooler requires developing a plan that prepares you and your child to use time wisely but also adapts to the child’s interests and learning st‌yle.”

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How to Teach Your Kids to Be Inclusive

“Raising a child to be inclusive often requires thought and intention. A little effort on your part will go a long way and have a profound effect on our society—for the better.”

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Co-Parenting Peacefully during a Pandemic? It’s Possible

“Children will frequently test boundaries and rules—a united front in co-parenting is crucial.”

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Want Your Kids to Be Bilingual? Start Here

If you are interested in exposing your kids to a language, these tips will help set them on the path to learning a new language the fun way!

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Why Kids Need to Practice Fundamental Movement

“Success with fundamental movements directly contributes to the well-being of the whole child.”

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It’s Alive! Gross (But Cool) Science Experiments for Kids

Today is Gross Out Day but we’ve got a way to sneak some science-based learning in between the boogers and the slime.

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Curious about Montessori Education? Start Here

“Montessori children are very resourceful and love to find ways to solve problems. And famously, the Google founders went to a Montessori school and credit part of their success to this ability to think for themselves.”

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I’m a White Mother & This Is Why I Stand with Black Lives Matter

“We need to model good behavior for our children. Racism isn’t good behavior. That is what I realized this morning. It begins with us. This will help break the cycle that is hurting millions today.”

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Quarantining with Teenagers

“I’m constantly implementing positive parenting techniques more now than ever. Here are a few tips that you can also do yourself!”

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