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What should I look for in a kindergarten for my child?
by Evelyn Petersen

When your child is ready to enter kindergarten it is essential that you as a parent are comfortable with the school that he will be going to. An excellent checklist that will tell you what to look for can be […]


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Teaching Your Children to Love Reading
by Evelyn Petersen

Wise parents know that children need free time to actively enjoy childhood and friends, but they need quiet, relaxing activities, too. Reading for enjoyment really fills the bill. When children read (or are read to) for fun, they build many […]


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Playing With Blocks
by Thomas Armstrong, Ph. D.

Plain wooden blocks may be one of the best learning tools for a young child three to seven. their simplicity lends themselves very well to a multiplicity of uses. A child can use wooden blocks to make houses, cars, castles, […]


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Tantrums In The Super Market
by Vicki Lansky

The only sure way to avoid trouble with kids in the supermarket is to simply leave the kids home with the other parent or even a sitter. I know parents who say they can save a sitter’s fee by shopping […]


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Teaching Bike Riding
by Vicki Lansky

Bikes give kids a heady freedom that isn’t matched until they learn to drive a car years later. But in teaching two-wheel skills, do be patient. Kids learn to ride when they’re ready, not always when their parents are. • […]


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If Your Child Threatens to Run Away
by Vicki Lansky

There are two schools of thought about handling the child who threatens to run away from home. “Okay, I’ll help you pack your things” is one approach, and “Oh no, I love you too much to let you go” is […]


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Explaining Divorce
by Vicki Lansky

During divorce, a preschooler’s fear of abandonment manifests itself in various forms of separation anxiety. When parents become separated, Pre-School often fear that any negative thought about a parent has come true. They think that they’re now being punished for […]


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The Inner Child
by Thomas Armstrong, Ph.D.

While childhood exists as a specific stage in the human life cycle, it also represents a psychological state in adulthood, sometimes called “the inner child”. This state of being consists of the children that we once were, still existing at […]


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The Importance of Artistic Expression in Your Child’s Life
by Thomas Armstrong, Ph.D.

Artistic expression opens the heart to new learning for many children, allowing them to gain control over strong feelings, and letting them transform emotions into new and creative energies. Provide your child with paint, clay and collage materials for creating […]


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Helping Your Child Learn About Geometry
by Thomas Armstrong, Ph.D.

Geometry seems like a complicated subject for a preschooler to be learning about, but it doesn’t have to remain a subject that only older kids get to study. You can help your child begin to appreciate geometry by focusing her […]


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