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by: Katy Abel

Why Basic Toys May Be Best

Why Basic Toys May Be Best

Tools for the "Work" of Child's Play

You're hoping to run a quick errand at the mall but your five-year-old drags you into the toy store. He races the aisles, pressing buttons, and howling in delight as electronic sound effects fill the air. He points excitedly at the packaging that features Star Wars characters, or the Rugrats.

More: The Best Outdoor Toys for Kids and Toddlers

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Updated: May 15, 2019

Turn-Off Tips from TV-Free Kids

Turn-Off Tips from TV-Free Kids

Enjoy this interview with two kids who don't watch TV. They're creative, bright, articulate, and curious about the world around them. Coincidence? Or cause and effect?

At the time of the interview, Lucy was 12 and in sixth grade. Her sister Maddie was 8 and in second grade.

Why do you think kids watch so much TV?

Lucy: They think there's nothing else to do.

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Airplane Travel with the Kids

Airplane Travel with the Kids

Fear of flying? Many parents rapidly develop this syndrome when they consider the challenges of flying with their kids. In reality, flying with kids is easier than driving with them (and driving is something you do every day). As with any other form of travel, the secret is preparation. As you begin your preparation, here are a few special tips for keeping your children well behaved high in the sky:

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Communicating a Positive Message About Money to Your Kids

Communicating a Positive Message About Money to Your Kids

Perhaps the first and best thing you and your spouse can do is to create three basic money messages that will guide what the two of you say and do with your kids for everything from allowances to buying toys to saving money. You should agree on money messages for acquisition, use and management. These basic money messages serve as scripts you can use again and again in a consistent manner when dealing with money issues.

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by: Rebecca Desfosse

7 STEM Careers Kids Can Explore

STEM Careers for Kids

The STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) field is growing every day, with new and interesting career paths emerging that weren't even a possibility a few years ago. Careers in the STEM field are some of the fastest-growing occupations in the country and feature amazing growth and salary potential. Here are a few of the most exciting STEM careers kids can explore.

What Is Sensory Integration?

What Is Sensory Integration?

Sensory integration refers to how people use the information provided by all the sensations coming from within the body and from the external environment. We usually think of the senses as separate channels of information, but they actually work together to give us a reliable picture of the world and our place in it. Your senses integrate to form a complete understanding of who you are, where you are, and what is happening around you.

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Updated: May 15, 2019

A Guide to Testing Accommodations

A Guide to Testing Accommodations

Accommodations are a favorite topic of mine for a simple reason: Instead of focusing on strategies to "fix" kids or to make kids perform better, we are focusing on how the environment can be changed to integrate kids who think differently. The test and the testing environment can be disabling and needs to change to accommodate your child's individual differences. I love saying that, and your kids will love to hear it.

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Puppies: Mouthing and Biting

Puppies: Mouthing and Biting

When your puppy played with her siblings and her mama, she used her mouth. When she plays with you, she'll probably want to use her mouth until you teach her not to. Most puppies don't mean to hurt you, but those puppy teeth are very sharp and you don't have fur to protect your skin like her canine playmates had. Your puppy is motivated to mouth and bite not because she wants to hurt you, but because she thinks it will get you to play—after all, it works with other dogs!

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Should You Buy Toy Guns for Your Child?

Should You Buy Toy Guns for Your Child?

Child development experts say few kids younger than 8 can reliably distinguish between real guns and toy guns. And they can't fully understand the consequence of their actions. Little wonder, then, that the natural inclination of a child who encounters a real gun that's loaded is to imitate what he has seen on television.

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Lead Poisoning and Prevention

Lead Poisoning and Prevention

Gadget Guide

Don't use cardboard or plastic CO detectors that indicate the presence of high CO levels by changing color. They aren't very reliable, and they don't emit a sound to alert you.

Get the Lead Out

You may not think there's much you can do to protect your child from pollution in soil, air, and water, but in the case of one childhood nemesis—lead poisoning—you can do quite a lot.

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by: Rebecca Desfosse

6 STEM Playtime Activities for Kids

These days, many parents know the benefits of bolstering their kids' interest and talents in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) world. Yet, they aren't sure how and when to start. The truth is, it's never too early to start engaging your children in STEM education outside of their regular school homework. In fact, the more you encourage your child to partake in these types of activities, the more their interest grows. Find out how to integrate STEM into playtime for your preschooler through middle schooler with these amazing STEM activities for kids.

Updated: May 15, 2019

Bringing Up Open-Minded Kids

Bringing Up Open-Minded Kids

What is Multiculturalism?
*The following is an interview with Dr. James A. Banks, a professor of education and director of the Center for Multicultural Education at the University of Washington, Seattle, and author of Educating Citizens in a Multicultural Society.

Q: What is multicultural education?

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When Your Child Becomes a Preteen

When Your Child Becomes a Preteen

It happens when you least expect it. Boom! Everything changes. One day your little girl looks at you as though you are the embodiment of a goddess, and the next day she tells you your haircut makes you look like a geezer. You'll get no warning, but one day your happy, tender mother-daughter talks will start sounding like this:

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Occupational Therapy and Your Child

Occupational Therapy and Your Child

While you may be a little bit anxious about how your child will handle therapy, rest assured: most kids adore OT. Even older kids who don't want to do anything their friends aren't doing usually enjoy the sessions and the way they make them feel.

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Childproof Your Dog and Bite-Proof Your Kids

Childproof Your Dog and Bite-Proof Your Kids

If you got your dog as a companion for your children, you need to know that happy canine and child relationships don't happen by accident. Young puppies play rough and have sharp teeth and claws. They aren't born knowing how to behave with their new human companions. They're used to playing with their littermates—puppies play with their mouths and feet, they play rough, and they like to make each other squeal. Your puppy needs to learn that teeth do not belong on human skin.

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by: Dr. Kyle Pruett

Time-Outs for Tantrums

Time-Outs for Tantrums

Time-out has been a common form of discipline among parents with young and school-age kids for a long time. However, there is plenty of confusion about when and how to use it most effectively. Part of the problem is in failing to adapt this occasionally useful technique to the age of the child.

Punishment, such as time-out, always has the potential to increase fear, especially in younger kids, and it saps parents' energy. Rewards, on the other hand, are usually pleasant and create energy.

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Choking Hazards

Dangerous foods, balloons

Choking Hazards

There are countless things a baby or small child could choke on in your house, and a baby will put anything in his mouth. That's why keeping small objects out of reach is so important.

Among the major choking hazards are coins, paper clips, buttons, beads, pen caps, little toys, and small, disc-shaped batteries. But the most common cause of choking is the one thing children are supposed to put in their mouths—food.

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Quiz: Your Values and Money

Quiz: Your Values and Money

Before you try to instill values in your child, you'd better be clear on exactly what those values are. If you hold to one set of values but want your child to adopt a different set, it probably won't work. Your actions in following your own values will undermine your efforts.

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