Mysteries for Kids

Why Halloween Stories Motivate Children to Read

The big motivators that inspire children to read and keep on reading are the fascinating page-turners that tell of great adventures, exciting mysteries, heroic children, and tales that deal with monsters, ghosts, the weird, and the scary.

Yes, this is the time of year to offer children the chance to read spooky Halloween stories geared to their age and their willingness to experience fear through fictional accounts within the safe harbor of home and family. {Read More}

What Parents Ought To Know About Back-To-School Blues

The first month of school is almost over and many children are still stuck in the back-to-school blues that many parents don’t want to recognize because they don’t know what to do about it. It’s as though they believe kids ought to be happy and, if they aren’t, it is somehow the child’s fault or a parenting failure. {Read More}

Will Summer Cause Your Child’s Reading Scores To Plummet?

Studies conducted over several years report that the summer break from school can cause a child to lose an estimated two months of reading achievement. There is some variation in the degree of loss because of family circumstances, and there are children whose reading skills remain the same or improve. What should a parent do? {Read More}

Outdoor Fun And A Nature-Rich Life Pays Off For Children

With more and more children being diagnosed with various attention disorders, depression, aggression, and obesity, a series of studies that endorse the restorative powers of outdoor play and access to nature are receiving serious attention. It’s time to get your kids outside with the trees and into the garden—any trees, any garden.

Green space and outdoor fun can provide the cure for what ails many children and it is up to parents, municipalities, and the education system to move forward in that direction.

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Do You Give Your Child Too Much Freedom Or Not Enough?

How much or how little freedom you allow your child means finding the right balance between being protective and being permissive and is the key to fostering independence. It is a fine line and a worrisome one for parents as the ramifications of both extremes have far reaching consequences. {Read More}

5 Ways To Teach A Child How To Cope With Unhappiness

It is important for parents to teach a child various ways to cope with unhappiness and other negative emotions rather than try to protect him from experiencing them. Children learn important lessons by dealing with strong emotions and it is not a parent’s job to shield him, but to teach him that he can regulate his feelings and his responses. {Read More}

‘Tis the Season to Involve Children In Acts of Kindness

This is the holiday season and it is important to remind your children about acts of kindness —what they are and how to perform them—and how to express gratitude for the kindness they receive from others.

As exciting and happy as this time of year is for many, it is heartbreaking for some and even young children should be aware that there are people who don’t receive gifts, special food, treats, or who can’t attend and enjoy holiday events. {Read More}

Make This The Year Your Child Learns To Enjoy Reading

If you employ some well-known strategies, this can be the year your child learns to enjoy reading, which will pay positive dividends for him and for his entire future. If a child doesn’t enjoy reading, he will not read enough to really master the skill and reap the rewards. He may drift through life not fully understanding much of anything he reads and life is a nightmare for people like that. Help make reading fun for your child. {Read More}

Scary Or Not, Halloween Stories Encourage Reading

Whether Halloween stories are scary or not, children are easily captivated by this fun celebration and love the promise of thrills and chills and it motivates reading, and that is always a good thing. {Read More}

Kids Are Bullied—And So Are Adults!

Kids are bullied for too often and so are adults, although adults understand why it happens, know their options, and can cope better than any child can. We have all become aware that bullying is on the increase at every age level.

Physically strong and dominant people—adults and children—and people in authority with power over others—have always been able to bully weaker people. However, this behavior has become increasingly acceptable in our society in spite of receiving so much negative publicity. We all have to contend with bullying to some extent, and it is time to make it stop. {Read More}

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