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Certificates and Rewards Printables Certificate for the First Time Reading a Book
Print out this certificate to congratulate your child for reading a book for the first time. read more
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Giving Significant Money to Your Kids
You probably give things to your kids each day, and you may also give presents on special occasions. Chances are, you don't think of this as being generous or making gifts—still, they're gifts just the same. Maybe it's only a visit from the Tooth Fairy, a reward for a good report card, or a birthday present: All are gifts.
World of Words
Help your child build reading skills with these activities, games, and ideas.
DirectionsThe following ideas are adapted from the U.S. Department of Education booklet Helping Your Child Become a Reader.
Point out letters and challenge your child to find and name specific letters in signs, billboards, posters, product packaging, books, and magazines.
Teaching Your Child About Strangers
One of the most troublesome safety concerns for parents is the issue of dealing with strangers. You certainly don't want to quash your child's friendliness if he is naturally outgoing. Nor do you want to terrorize your child, making him paranoid and scared of everyone by dwelling on such unpleasant possibilities as kidnapping, rape, and murder.
10 Simple Health Things You Can Check Yourself
- Hop on the scales -- Weighing yourself every month (not every day!) will enable you to spot any changes before your clothes become too tight or even too loose.
- Look in the mirror -- If your eyes are red and baggy, you probably need more sleep. The good news is that sleep is cheaper than cosmetic surgery and better for you, too.
Four Steps to a Healthy Parent-Teacher Relationship
A good parent-teacher relationship can be the difference between knowing how your child's doing in school and knowing how he tells you he's doing. Education expert Dorothy Rich suggests the following four tips to get off on the right foot with your child's new teacher:
Empathy 6 Tips to Talk to Your Kids About Disabilities
The following tips can help you be prepared to talk to your child about people with disabilities when she comes to you for answers. read more
Academic Achievements Under Pressure! 7 Tips for Managing School-Related Anxiety
Is your child feeling intense school-related stress and anxiety? Learn the signs of anxiety disorders and get tips for managing academic stress. read more
Report Cards A+ Parenting: 9 Tips to Boost Bad Grades
Improving test scores and grades can be a tough task for a child of any age. Use these tips to find constructive ways to discuss grades and make a pla... read more
Teaching Your Teenager to Drive
What to Do and What to Expect
Teaching your teen to drive requires considerable patience, empathy, and the knowledge of what is needed to best prepare her to become a skilled, responsible driver. Many parents understandably approach this taskwith trepidation and high anxiety. The following suggestions, facts, and tips will help you know what to doand what to expect when you and your teen put the rubber to the road.
Government Funding for Adoption
Federal and some state governments now offer a number of benefits or reimbursements for some adoption costs. Federal laws also require employers that provide health insurance to give the same insurance to newly-adopted children.
How Much TV Is Too Much for My Toddler?
Most of us underestimate the amount of TV we—and our children—watch. Try keeping a log for two weeks or a month. Write down the exact time you turn on the TV, when you turn it off, and what programs or videos your child watched during that time. You may be surprised at how much time your child spends in front of the TV.
Learning Style: Linguistic
Linguistic gifts are all about words and how we communicate. We put them to work whenever we speak, read, write, or listen. In the classroom, kids must draw on their linguistic talents all the time. For those who aren't strong in this area, schoolwork can be a struggle.
Keeping Your Preschooler Busy
Avoid reliance on rigid routine—it will only frustrate you and your child. Flexibility is the key to a good relationship with your preschooler. As your child grows, introduce new activities and avoid underestimating his or her abilities.
Strollers are the ultimate way to get your baby out and about. This item makes taking your baby out with you easy on you both. From getting exercise to simply strolling through the mall, a stroller can help you get out of the house and enjoy other activities. The key is choosing the right stroller for your lifestyle, or purchasing multiple strollers for different needs. (These video reviews of strollers can help.)
Nine Good Reading Habits
The Value of Family Routines
One of the most valuable things you can do is to provide your children with a stable, nurturing environment. Children like security, and one of the ways they feel secure is to have things they can count on. It's not surprising that they like to read the same book over and over again and have the same bedtime routine. You can, as parents, give them many things they can count on.
How to Open Your Preteen's Mind
Brought to you by the American School Counselor Association
For preteens who are struggling to "fit in," diversity and tolerance can seem like foreign concepts. Kids this age often obsess about having the right hairstyle and clothes and using the same lingo as their friends.
Playing with Baby
Don't feel as if you always have to be "on." Both you and your baby will have "down times" and you need to respect these moods by providing calmer, quieter activities.
Savings Quick Tips: Reduce Back to School Spending
Everybody knows holiday spending and the annual vacation will be big-ticket expenses throughout the year. But back-to-school shopping seems to sneak up on many families. And, in fact, some families might spend more money on getting kids ready to go back to school -- especially if college students are involved -- than any other spending event of the year.
Succeeding at Standardized Tests
Parents: Do Your Homework
Standardized testing -- two simple words that often strike fear for children, teachers, and parents alike. Many states use proficiency testing as a way to assess children and evaluate teachers. In some states, a low score on a proficiency exam is grounds for holding your child back. Whatever the policies are in your state, your job is to prepare your young learner for the testing challenge.