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“It truly does take a village to raise a child – a village which typically includes extended family members, teachers, and other caregivers who support parents. It’s important for everyone involved in the care of a child to maintain a strong bridge of understanding and communication because of the influence they have on children’s cognitive, […]

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It’s so easy, tempting, and perhaps even automatic for adults to label children. It’s equally easy not to notice how labeling puts kids into particular boxes that over time, they conform to and identify with. Did that ever happen to you? The following real-life story is taken from How to Talk so Kids Can Learn […]

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At no time in the history of media have adults needed to be more vigilant about the quantity and quality of the programming kids are allowed to consume. Children are very impressionable, and are constantly discovering and creating their identities based on what they think is cool (or absorbing what their friends think is cool). […]

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I know that I’ve said this a million times already, but it’s important enough to say a million times more: Attention is absolute sunshine for children. What we give our attention to is what we reinforce. When adults interact with little girls and the first thing that comes out of our mouths is consistently something […]

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Despite the rhetoric, we are not all created equal. Despite how far our country has come, racism is a problem that our children will inevitably encounter and contend with. Despite the discomfort and intense emotions this topic often evokes, we cannot ignore it away – for ourselves, or the kids we love. The following are […]

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I recently brought up the following topic to a PTA discussion group: When it comes to working with children: Parents, what do you want teachers to consider? Teachers, what do you want parents to consider? Strengthening the bridge of communication between parents and teachers was an overwhelming theme in the discussion, as was mutual respect. […]

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