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How Children Develop Morality

How Children Develop Morality

Understanding how morality is developed gives parents an advantage when it comes to introducing and teaching life-enhancing principles that will lead to more success for their offspring. While children may be exposed to many influences in their lives, the members of their immediate family remain the most prominent people responsible for developing good moral foundations. Continue reading

The Importance of Grandparents

The Importance of Grandparents

Grandparents serve as important links to our past, as well as giving us healthy social support for our children’s future. They are role models that exemplify and pass along important family values, traditions and beliefs. Most importantly, grandparents quite often are the epitome of unconditional love and acceptance from whom our children can greatly benefit. Continue reading

Life Lessons from Lightning McQueen

Life Lessons from Lightning McQueen

If you have a young child in your home, then you are probably familiar with Lightning McQueen. Even if you do not have children, you may simply be a fan of animated movies. In either case, you would know that Lightning McQueen is the anthropomorphic race car that stars in the Cars movie series and related videos. While the primary audience for Cars consists of preschoolers and elementary school students, there are life lessons presented that are relevant for all ages. Continue reading

Teaching In The 21st Century

Teaching In The 21st Century

As we move further into a digital world, we will require new methods of teaching that include more visual and entertaining methods to get the information across effectively. The need for enhanced arts education is clear, as the arts are a powerful tool that can encourage adaptability, enhance creativity and strengthen critical thinking skills. Students must be able to take in a vast amount of information and process it in an innovative and productive way. Continue reading

Practical Tips for Re-Establishing Boundaries With Your Teen

Practical Tips for Re-Establishing Boundaries With Your Teen

If there is one hot button to be aware of it is this; teenagers will test the resolve of their parents until breaking point. They will break you down, until you give up. Therefore, you need to be consistent, even during times when your teen is gradually wearing you down to the point of making you want to pull your hair out or shout at the top of your lungs. Continue reading

Permissive Parenting

Permissive Parenting

Parents may want to consider a few reasons why giving in to their child’s unruly behavior is not going to benefit themselves or their child in the long run. First of all, when a child whines and cries for fifteen minutes before their parent caves in to their demands, they’ve learned the exact amount of time they need to whine and cry to get their parents to cooperate. Continue reading

Music, Videos and Television: How A Parent Can Monitor Their Child’s Choices Without Limiting their Freedom?

Music, Videos and Television: How A Parent Can Monitor Their Child’s Choices Without Limiting their Freedom?

Parents are their children’s first line of defense in educating and mentoring them to make sound decisions and be able to know right from wrong, whether it’s in a music lyric or somewhere else.The freedom of children to choose their own music or videos does not have to be compromised as parents work to successfully monitor and guide them in the right direction. Continue reading

Are We Preparing Our Children for the Conceptual Age?

Are We Preparing Our Children for the Conceptual Age?

Public standardized education was created for the mechanical age of the Industrial Revolution where mechanical needs were at the forefront. With the abundance of mechanical jobs available in the U.S. this type of education could suffice and support a thriving middle class. However, today’s global community will give the mechanical jobs to the lowest bidder. Continue reading

Arts Education: Fluff or Fuel?

Arts Education: Fluff or Fuel?

Tomorrow’s workers will require a rich blend of highly developed analytical skills and creative ingenuity. However, the current educational system continues to prepare students for the manufacturing jobs of yesterday answering political demands for accountability based on high-stakes tests with unprecedented standardized testing. Continue reading

Why Do So Many Teenage Boys Rebel Against Their Mothers?

Why Do So Many Teenage Boys Rebel Against Their Mothers?

When a teen-aged boy vents a lot of anger towards his mother, or uses abusive language with her, it can be seen as a desperate attempt on his part to create some space for himself. He simply needs more room to breathe. This isn’t meant to suggest that parents should condone that sort of behavior. But we can better understand why our kids are acting out if we’re able to see how it fulfills an inner need. Continue reading

Fathers and Sons in Times of Uncertainty

Fathers and Sons in Times of Uncertainty

Troubling periods in our lives can always be fruitful bonding opportunities. Such experiences can make us grateful for what we have. They can open our eyes to the beauties of small moments that we may normally miss. Boys instinctively lean towards their fathers when life feels uncertain. Continue reading

Ann Cooper Cares A Lot About What Kids Eat for Lunch

Ann Cooper Cares A Lot About What Kids Eat for Lunch

As the head of nutrition for Berkeley, California schools, Ann Cooper serves organic, regionally sourced and sustainable meals to lots of lucky children. She has a front line view of the daily battle to keep kids healthy, and also of the enemy, the processed-foods industries that sometimes seems to want to wrap every single thing that children eat in a fried coating and then a plastic bag. Continue reading