Mysteries for Kids

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? (more…)
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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. (more…)
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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. (more…)
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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. (more…)
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‘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. (more…)
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