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Chores: How to Involve Your Child

Chores: How to Involve Your Child

Our lives as parents are increasingly busy these days and sometimes it’s hard to find time to accomplish everything around the house. One way to balance work and play is to combine them and involve the whole family in doing household chores.

If we understand what gets in the way and what may help when it comes to doing chores, then we can have a better chance of having children be participating family members. Read more

6 Tips to Get Your Kids Excited About Homework

6 Tips to Get Your Kids Excited About Homework

Kids don’t exactly eagerly anticipate homework, do they? Mom Lisa B. says she butts heads with her 10-year-old daughter nearly every evening about doing the work. “What should I do to get her more interested?” she asks the Circle of Moms community. While turning homework into a positive experience might sound like an insurmountable task, experienced parents say it’s possible, with a little time, patience, and ingenuity. Here, we’ve rounded up six tips from our community to help your child get excited about homework so that she stays on track in school. Read more

7 Apps That Can Help Teach Kids To Read

7 Apps That Can Help Teach Kids To Read

Reading is an essential skill that should be mandatory for everyone. In our society, you cannot get away with a lack of reading or writing skills. These are just the basic essentials of living a decent and successful life.

You can never go wrong with teaching a child how to read. By doing so, you are actually preparing them for a successful future. And as a parent, it’s a joy to see your child reading fluently, as this also makes your life easier. Read more

Kids Don't Need Toys, Really!

Kids Don’t Need Toys, Really!

Parents, I have a tip for you —

You may just want to give up on any of your “grand plans” to have your children play with “toys” or even “educational” activities.

Because it’s not going to work.

Oh, h-e-double hockey sticks no. Your children are not amateurs. They will not succumb to playing with anything you actually want them to. Currently, I have an entire level of my house — an entire level, I tell you — devoted solely to my children’s playthings. Read more

9 Books to Get Kids Excited For School

9 Books to Get Kids Excited For School

Whether your child has already had their first day of school and still isn’t quite on board or is anticipating the big day with equal amounts of excitement and anxiety, you can help ease the transition into the school year with one of the following books. Some are just funny, others are sweet, and all are designed to help your child become a successful, happy, and eager student! Read more

5 Preschool Activities for Children with Special Needs

5 Preschool Activities for Children with Special Needs

During preschool, kids experience structured time together that is both fun and educational.  They learn how to bond with their peers, follow directions and stick to a schedule; all skills that prepare them for school.  For children with special needs, there are certain pre-school activities that work particularly well to keep them engaged, focused and actively learning.  Here are five suggestions that help children with special needs, both in the classroom and at home, get the most out of their learning experiences. Read more