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Easy Number Games for Kids

Learning to count to ten is an important skill for any child, and forms the foundation for basic math, telling time, reading calendar dates, and much more. Playing fun learning numbers games helps teach children this important skill—even if they don’t realize they’re being taught. Counting to Ten Games Even the greatest mathematicians began by learning to count to ten, and they may well have learned with the same games you use to teach your

Why Puzzles Are Important for Fine Motor Skills Development

Cognitive activities for toddlers encourage logical thinking, hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills development, and more. Puzzles can play a significant role in developing these skills, as even a simple jigsaw puzzle engages a child on multiple levels. Personalized puzzles help children learn the letters of their name and introduce beginning pre-reading skills.   Children need to explore their world and, equally important, interact with it. Making a puzzle offers opportunity for children to do just

How to Improve Reading Habits

Developing reading skills is a vital part of any child’s learning, and one which can have long lasting effects. A life-long love of reading is associated with a love of learning, creativity, and imagination. Learning how to improve reading habits helps parents ensure that their children experience the special joy of getting lost in a good book. Make Reading Fun If we were told we could only give one answer to the question “how to

Benefits of Playing Music for Kids

Music comes naturally to humans. From a very young age we respond positively to songs and rhythms. You can see it in the child sung to sleep with a lullaby, or the toddler rocking back and forth in time to a nursery rhyme. As it turns out, the benefits of playing music to children are far-reaching. Here’s a few reasons why you should put on some tunes and rock out with the kids. Music Encourages

Building a Healthy Sense of Self in Children

Growing up in a society obsessed with physical beauty and good looks is difficult, whether or not a child’s appearance matches cultural expectations (and few people do). Social pressures surrounding appearance can leave children thinking their only worth lies in their looks, whether they’re considered “pretty” or not by the world at large. Building a sense of sense and inner worth prevents children from believing beauty is skin deep. The need for self-worth is what

Promoting Acts of Kindness for Kids

As parents, we want our kids to be happy. We also want them to be kind, grateful, and helpful. Fortunately, happiness and caring go hand-in-hand—in fact, the more people help others the happier they become. That isn’t just fanciful idealism—scientists have discovered helping others activates the brain’s reward system. Our brains, in other words, are wired to help each other. With that in mind, it’s important to encourage acts of kindness for kids. Here are

10 Things Every Parent Can Do to Build a Child’s Self-Esteem

As parents, we can never underestimate the role we play in protecting and building our child’s self-esteem. A good sense of self-esteem is crucial to helping our children grow up happy and secure, and to giving them the ability to overcome life’s many challenges. Unfortunately, somewhere along the way for many children, their self-esteem plummets. Jack Canfield, author of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, says that by fifth grade, only 20% of children

Teach Your Child How to Handle Life’s Ups and Downs

Childhood is no easy feat. That’s why, as parent, we need to work hard to instill self esteem and confidence within our children – not just during the holidays but year round as well. Of course we can’t stop the bad things from happening, but we can teach our children to navigate each challenge and surf their way through life’s ups and downs. We wish you smooth sailing during this holiday season and throughout 2016! This quote