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  • Raising Writers in the Early Years

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    Some parents worry that as kids spend time texting, they aren't writing as often as children in past generations. The digital age demands that children be skilled in multiple ways of communicating, from GIF keyboards to writing stories and... 

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  • Grade for Grit? Not Yet

    We’ve been showing a video of the classic “marshmallow experiment” for years at parent education seminars across the country. We re-constructed the experiment with a group of local parents here in the Twin Cities about ten years ago, and it serves as a catalyst for important conversations about the role that self-discipline plays in our children’s success and happiness.... 

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  • More Than Minutes and Limits: 3 Ingredients for Healthy Media Use in the Preschool Years

    “Broken!” Miles exclaimed. “It's broken!” He said again in an increasingly frustrated voice.

    It took me a couple of minutes to catch up. My son was positioned directly in front of the TV, trying diligently to move a character on Daniel Tiger with his index finger. I soon realized what he was trying to do and was struck by what a “2015... 

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  • Why Grounding Dreams in Obstacles Helps Young People Manifest Them

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    I vividly remember a youth hockey coach once asked me to, “Imagine that there are no obstacles standing in your way. You are fast and powerful and nothing is between you and the net.”

    Even with my eyes closed in... 

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  • First Lesson of the School Year: Your Brain Can Grow

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    Students will enter school this year with all sorts of supplies and feelings. The pens, notebooks, books and class schedules will fit neatly inside their backpacks. The feelings - including excitement, fear,... 

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  • Want your children to succeed in school? Let them play

    My family spent this past Sunday afternoon playing in the street. The best part? We didn't have to use the "game off!" and "game on!" codes to avoid cars. Instead, a main thoroughfare running through the heart of our city was transformed - all 22 blocks of it. As part of "Open Streets MPLS," the cars and busses normally crowding the street were replaced by strollers, bikes, wheelchairs,... 

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  • Fail well, little one

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    Today my second child went off to kindergarten. He wore the blue plaid “kindergarten shirt” his big brother wore on his first day. When he boarded the bus and sat down, the window revealedonly a blond tuft and his little... 

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  • Rise, Shine, and Eat: Why Breakfast Boosts Your Child's Brain Power

    I have three children under the age of 5. I am also a working mother, with a working husband, so mornings can get a little hairy in my house. Between getting dressed, getting bags packed, and appointments remembered, there is one thing that I make sure we all have - a good breakfast.

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  • Executive Function: Skills for School and Life

    Want your child to succeed in school and life? Then look beyond IQ scores and test results. We've written before about the importance of self-discipline, but the story doesn't end there. A whole host of mental skills—constituting what is called executive function--determine how as opposed to what... 

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  • Back to School Checklist

    A Child’s School Success Checklist

     

    • My child is curious and ready to have fun!
    • When I ask my child to wait, he or she can wait for a period of time.
    • My child enjoys reading.
    • My child can work independently.
    • My child can stick to and finish a task.
    • My child eats fruits and veggies and gets exercise.
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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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  • Busy Kids? Balance is Key

     Does the gain from advanced academic programs such as IB and AP so many youth are involved in (pushed by educators and parents) outweigh the lack of sleep and limitation of other experiences, such as 4-H, because of so much time spent on studying?

    Shirley, Denver, CO 

    Shirley,

    I think that the growing popularity of IB and AP... 

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  • Kids Need Parents and Teachers on the Same Page

    “I don’t give some kids Cs or Ds any more,” a high school teacher told me after I had just concluded a workshop.

    “Why?” I asked, assuming that I would hear how tired she was of arguing with a few chronically griping kids. However I learned that it wasn't the students causing her the grief.

    “I don’t want to fight with the parents... 

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  • Cyberbullying Tips

    I just wrote a blog called Facing the Facts About Cyberbullying. Here are some tips to help prevent cyberbullying in the first place:

    • Start with a conversation. Share cyberbullying facts and stories about cyberbullying with your child. Reinforce the message that bullying, cruelty, and teasing hurts.
    • Make... 
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  • Choosing a School For Your Preshooler

    I just answered a question about choosing a school for your preschool aged child.  Here are five things to keep in mind:

    1.  Visit the school more than once.  Include your child in at least one visit.

    2.  Check references and ask if you can speak with other parents.

    3.  Ask about the experience,... 

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