Monday, June 29, 2009

Tweens and Eating Issues

Eating disorders are dangerous at any age, but when one isn't recognized in a child, or when treatment comes too late, the effects can be catastrophic. Children have a lower percentage of body fat, which means they get much sicker much faster than adolescents and adults. And because their bodies and brains are still developing, the most severe cases can permanently affect their development -- limiting growth potential, damaging vital organs (particularly the heart, kidneys, and brain) -- even when the eating disorder is eventually successfully treated.

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Thursday, June 25, 2009

Bedrooms Built for Two

Whether you need to save space or just want to promote sibling bonding, shared bedrooms are sure to see lots of late-night giggle sessions, secret jokes -- okay -- even the occasional tiff. But, as Winnie the Pooh told Piglet, "It's so much friendlier with two."

This slideshow provides several ideas of how to set up Bedrooms Built for Two!

Monday, June 22, 2009

Kissy Kissy Ba Ba Sheep

Kissy Kissy Ba Ba Sheep collection has been posted and is available at Atterdag Kids website.

9 Sure-Fire Ways To Fight the Summer Reading Slump

Are you aware of that kids can lose an upward of three month's worth of reading progress during this summer break? The famous "summer reading slide" is well documented and shows that learning declines in all kids during these lazy, crazy days, but especially in reading. Kent State education professor, Timothy Rasinski , points out that this can mean a loss of one-and-a-half years of reading achievement through the sixth grade!

But don't despair. The reverse is also possible. Reading just a few books before school starts can save kids from the summer reading loss. Studies also show that parents play a crucial role particularly on their older kids' reading attitudes and behaviors, as well as helping to find the right book to capture their interest.

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Thursday, June 18, 2009

Learning Letters, Numbers and Colors

Toddlers are eternally curious about the world around them -- wanting to touch, play with and ask questions about everything they see. How can parents to channel this boundless inquisitiveness into learning? Of course, toddlers don't need to be subjected to structured learning at such a young age. But with a little mindfulness, you can teach your youngster how to begin to recognize letters, numbers and colors in the course of everyday play.

Here, the parents of iVillage - the #1 gathering place for parents online - share their tips for teaching toddlers in a relaxed, fun way.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Your Complete Guide to Playdates

Kids like to hang out with their pals. Parents need a break. Hello, playdates! If things go well, they can be a blast for everyone. They're also one of the key ways your child learns how to get along with others.

This article presents tips for both hosts and guests, to get your protocol down pat.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Recession uproots families, takes toll on children

Like the Great Depression, this economic downturn is wrenching lives out of shape.

But unlike 90 years ago, hunger isn't the main problem, and neither is the kind of homelessness that sent thousands of middle-class Americans into tent cities during the Depression. This time the toll is far less obvious: children are grappling with more stress at home, and low-income families, already highly mobile, are being forced to pull up stakes and move more often.

Educators and demographers say frequent moves can lower school performance and increase chances that students will drop out of school. It also makes it more difficult to provide appropriate resources to children who have learning disabilities and behavioral issues.

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Monday, June 08, 2009

What to Eat for Your Growing Baby

The foods you eat during pregnancy can boost your baby's health and help keep you in tip-top shape through your delivery day. Read on about why these nine super-mama foods made our list (some may surprise you). Plus, learn easy ways to incorporate them into your diet -- we've got you covered for breakfast, lunch, and dinner!

Thursday, June 04, 2009

When Grandparents Provide Childcare

Grandparents are more than just babysitters. They spend many hours with their grandchildren each week. They’ve gotten to know these children very well. And they have become guiding forces in their grandchildren’s lives. These grandparents aren’t technically raising their grandchildren, but they are doing important work. They are passing on family traditions, serving as trusted role models, and helping to nurture a whole generation of children.
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