April 2012

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  • Imaginative Play Builds Brains

    Have you seen the Caine's Arcade video? My son just showed me it and what an incredible demonstration of imagination! Just thought you all would enjoy it.

    Jill, Chicago

    Jill,

    The Caine's Arcade video has gone viral online and it is easy to see why. For those of you who haven't watched it, check it... 

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  • Setting Limits and Nurturing "Digital Discipline"

    Dr. Dave,

    Getting through to my step daughter is frustrating for my husband and me. She is 12 years old and addicted to social networking sites and her cell phone already and seems to always have an attitude about anything and everything. How can we work through this?

    Catherine, Tacoma, WA

    Catherine, There has... 

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  • Teaching Writing Begins With Raising Writers

    I just read an article that today's generation of kids don't know how to write well. I know that texting will come easily to my daughter, how do I make sure that I am teaching writing well too?

    Marilyn, New York

    Today's information age requires that young people are skilled in multiple ways of communicating and organizing... 

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  • Ten Ways to Raise Healthy, Active Kids

    We know from research that active kids do better in school. Here are ten ways to get your kids moving:

    • Make sure your child plays and exercises every day. Encourage a variety of activities to build strength, endurance, flexibility and fun.
    • Give household chores that build muscles. Raking leaves is the... 
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  • Active Kids: Exercise Builds Strong Brains

    My son's school just cut recess again and I can't help but think that this isn't a good idea. He is a squirrely kid already - any thoughts on talking points for the school board?

    Judy, Montana

    Judy, School districts strapped for cash and facing pressure to increase test scores often try to preserve classroom instruction by making cuts to... 

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