Category: Child Development

The Benefits of Youth Sports

kids playing baseball

From Little League Baseball to taekwondo, your children have a wide array of sports to choose from. While many parents sign their kids up for youth sports, far too many neglect this aspect of their childhood. Yet, youth sports can bring many benefits to our kids. Below are just some of the many reasons your… Read more »

How Physical Activity Directly Correlates with Academic Performance

kids running on track

It’s no secret Americans are increasingly leading a sedentary lifestyle. In an age of video games and the internet, children are much less inclined to play outside. This inactivity is having detrimental consequences, including higher rates of childhood obesity along with diminishing concentration and thinking skills. But how, exactly, does physical activity impact academic performance?… Read more »

Why You Should Have Your Kids Try Multiple Hobbies

father and son playing basketball

What if Tom Brady never picked up a football or Venus Williams never had the chance to step onto a tennis court as a child? Both of these superstars would have missed out on their opportunity at pursuing something they love as a career and for their lifetimes. This goes to show how important it… Read more »

The Power of Positive Reinforcement for Children

The Power of Positive Reinforcement for Children

Positive reinforcement can be a revolutionary parenting technique. When our kids misbehave, we are often tempted to scold them, punish them, or yell at them. But are these techniques truly effective? They may stop our children from misbehaving, but they may also cause undue harm to our children’s mental and emotional state. Instead, positive reinforcement… Read more »

How to Encourage Learning at Home

How to Encourage Learning at Home

Learning doesn’t just happen at school. Children that have a positive educational environment at home are normally the best prepared (and excited) when they enter or return to school in the fall. Here are some of the ways you can turn your home into a well-rounded learning experience for your child: Set a good example… Read more »

Why Your Child Should Learn an Instrument

Why Your Child Should Learn an Instrument

Encouraging your child to learn an instrument is about more than being a well-rounded individual. Of course, it’s great to know how to play a musical instrument and to pick up a life skill your child will carry with them the rest of their life. But there is also so much more. It can boost… Read more »

How to Address Perfectionism in Your Kids

How to Address Perfectionism in Your Kids

Perfectionism sounds like a good trait for kids to have. After all, who doesn’t strive for perfection? In reality, though, nobody is perfect, and making our kids believe that they must be so can create a paralyzing fear of failure. Instead, it is much healthier to teach our kids that it’s OK to make mistakes,… Read more »

4 Essential Life Skills to Teach Your Kids at a Young Age

4 Essential Life Skils to Teach Your Kids While They're Young

When your kids are making that awkward, anxiety-inducing leap into adulthood, the life skills that they learned while they were young will help them make it through mostly unscathed. Decision-making skills, time management, and even learning how to place food orders will come in handy both now and into the future.    So, don’t wait. Get… Read more »

How to Help Your Shy Child

How to Help Your Shy Child

Some of us remember what it was like to be the shy child in the classroom. It wasn’t easy then, and it isn’t easy now as you’re watching one of your own children struggling with shyness. What’s important to remember, though, is that shyness is a completely normal behavior that everyone goes through. Certain people… Read more »

5 Ways to Develop Your Child’s Writing Skills

5 Ways to Develop Your Child's Writing Skills

We write every day. While the majority of us may not be penning the next great novel, we are writing emails, filling out forms, and drafting papers. Even text messaging is considered a form of writing (albeit, a much more casual form). We need writing skills, now more than ever, and that’s why it’s so… Read more »