Category: Child Development

How to Let Your Child Decide Interests on Their Own

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We’ve all seen that parent–the one who makes sure their child is in the school orchestra, the student counsel, and captain of the tennis club all while looking over the kid’s shoulder. We all want to raise our children to be the best they can be. But how do we do this without being controlling… Read more »

Why You Should Read to Your Children

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Instilling a love of reading early in your child will help them to become lifelong bookworms. But how do you do that? One way is to read to your children while they’re young. Here are just a few of the many reasons why you should always read to your children: Reading to your child helps… Read more »

ADHD Symptoms in Girls vs. Boys

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Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is one of the most commonly diagnoses neurodevelopmental disorders in children. 6.1 million children in the United States are diagnosed with ADHD. However, the diagnosis rate for boys (12.9%) is higher than that for girls (5.6%) What’s the reason for this discrepancy? It is not because boys have a higher… Read more »

The Benefits of Youth Sports

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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

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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

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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 »