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Sep

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Decline of Play Among Preschoolers

Think Global: The Washington Post reported that a rise in sensory issues among the under-7 crowd may be linked to a reduction in active free play outdoors.   Meaningful play has been usurped by academic, adult-led activities for many young children.  Then when issues arise, adults try to fix things by teaching special skills like specialized breathing […]

14
Sep

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TEDx: The Decline of Play: Peter Gray

Think Global: Watch this compelling TEDx video, The Decline of Play.  Peter Gray, an evolutionary biologist who studies play, outlines: How much humans need free play, and How the reduction in free play has negatively impacted today’s children.  Act Local: What are the places in your neighborhood where children can have adventures AND play safely?   Can you […]

14
Sep

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What is your Stress Mindset?

Think Global: Applying the tips in this Harvard Business Review article will help you improve your “emotional immune system”. Parents absorb stress from many sources including other family members.  These tips will work at home or office.   Act Local:  Create a positive mindset about stress so that you see it as a challenge and not […]

14
Sep

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Parenting a 20-Something Couch Potato? Experts Offer Advice

Think Global: Two psychologists offer parents practical advice on what they can and cannot do when their children “fall off the adult track” in this Chicago Tribune article.    “Failure to Launch”  is not only a Matthew McConaughey film, it is also the subject of a 37-page report by the US Census Bureau which looks at the effects […]

14
Sep

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Digital Thriving for Tweens

Think Global:  Media historian Devorah Heitner, PhD spoke at TEDx Naperville on “The Challenges of Raising a Digital Native”.  Dr. Heitner challenges parents to “help children thrive in a world of digital connectedness”, while acknowledging parents’ anxieties about their children’s use of technology including: cyberbullies, “naughty pictures”, addiction to games, double-screening and multi-tasking,  Just before […]

14
Sep

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Playing with your Preschooler

Think Global:   A couple of thought about play… The first ideas come from the blog “Hand in Hand”. Starting preschool is a big step for you and your little one.  Between separation struggles and rough re-entries to the home environment, you can use some help!  Why not lighten up with games that ease these transitions?   […]

07
Sep

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Harnessing Adolescence

Think Global: Read “The Last 3 Years of Parenting Are More Important Than the First Ones”.  Using new science on adolescent brain development, explore how parents can help their kids during adolescence.  Read how important these factors are to your child’s development from puberty through the teen years to the early 20’s: Taking risks, Developing passions, and Broadening social […]

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