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Is Disney Educational? Of Course It Is!

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A couple years ago, there was a discussion about taking your child out of school for a trip to a
Disney theme park. Many people—mainly teachers—were complaining that parents take their children out of school as a learning experience, and that it didn’t seem like a valid excuse. Then one mom actually said that Disney was not a learning experience. I have to 110 percent disagree with Disney World not being a learning environment…. More

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Libraries Need Love, Too!

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In this day and age of computers, electronic teaching toys, and educational DVDs, public libraries may seem too old-fashioned to be of use to parents of younger children. (Or even older children, as they no longer have to go to the library to do research.) I think that is far from the truth!… More

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How To Nurture Your Young Child's Writing Skills

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When teaching children how to write, it is important to focus on portraying the enjoyment of writing. Making writing a fun activity will encourage young children to want to learn this skill as a new channel of communication.

When children are first learning how to pick up a pencil and put it to paper, parents and teachers should remember not to force penmanship too early. If the children are too focused on proper formation and staying between the lines, they become easily frustrated and view writing as a laborious task rather than an enjoyable activity…. More

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How Signing Can Make Toddlers Happier

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On the subject of biting, which is a normal toddler behavior, there were several questions posed from several frustrated mamas over the years. So I decided to give my own advice on the subject, having dealt with it for quite a long time!

Biting, hitting, yelling: all of these behaviors can be seen in any toddler classroom, playdate, or other extracurricular activity involving young children who are not yet verbally expressive. Most teachers and parents try their hardest to avoid these instances, but when you have eight to ten 18-month to 2-year-olds in one room, it can be pretty hard to avoid every instance…. More

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Go Ahead, Embarrass Your Kids and You Just Might Go Viral While Doing It!

by Wendy Gossett
Photo by: Wendy Gossett

It’s gone viral! People around the world have seen my simple video that portrays an embarrassing mom—me—dancing on the highway, in a blizzard! Because of a 20-car pile-up on Colorado’s I-25 outside of Denver, my two teenagers and I were stuck on the highway for almost five hours. My kids were livid, hungry, and desperately in need of a comfort station…. More

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