Behavior + Learning

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04 June 2012

25 May 2012

Removing clothing size labels makes a small kid feel bigger

Here's how Nicole dialed down the get-dressed standoffs with her preschooler.

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15 May 2012

Offer your kid a 'personal day' off after-school activities to prevent foot-dragging

I so admire Natalie's willingness to respect her daughters' feelings while still holding the line about followthrough.

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14 May 2012

"Upgrade" your marble jar with rocks

A marble jar is sort of like a tactile star chart. Dana's hack gives the marble jar even more motivational power.

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10 May 2012

Friendship bracelet helps get a preschooler's shoe on the right foot

Karyn found a great way to support her daughter's independence while building a new skill.

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09 May 2012

Cell phone alarm keeps the family "launch" on time

I have experimented with timers, alarm clocks, and various tones of voice (most of them frustrated) and nothing seems easier or more logical than this.

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24 April 2012

When your "balance" looks different

When parents judge each other without the benefit of the full story.

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06 April 2012

Are you overparenting your kids?

We love our children, and we do the very best we can for them. But at what point does our well-meaning support and encouragement handicap our kids' development?

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21 March 2012

Simple guidelines for peaceful parenting

I'd love to hear your thoughts on a wonderful post over at Zen Habits. Click through for the link and the context.

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15 March 2012

How do you advocate to change a school's recess policy? Talk amongst yourselves.

Sarah's kids' school tries to address academic problems by taking away free time at recess. She'd like to advocate for change. Where and how to begin?

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13 March 2012

Challenge encourages learning, anxiety kills it

Why are our children so afraid to fail? And why are we so afraid to let them?

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17 February 2012

16 February 2012

Parenting: the long view

How does one know when a parenting problem is best solved with immediate action or by waiting it out?

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13 February 2012

Valentine hearts letter match game

Marie of Make and Takes came up with a sweet way to encourage kids to "love" the alphabet.

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17 January 2012

New kids' app review site: A Matter of App

Smartphones are the new handheld gaming device for many kids, especially preschoolers. The trick is to wade through all of the app offerings, which is why the new app review site, A Matter of App, is such a welcome addition to the blogosphere.

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