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A child’s reading problems may lead to a false ADHD diagnosis
8:33 am , June 18, 2013 0

A child’s reading problems may lead to a false ADHD diagnosis

Parents who have a child with reading problems or other learning difficulties should not accept the diagnosis of ADHD (attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, originally called ADD), dyslexia, slow learner, or lazy without arranging for in-depth vision testing. Vision problems can present symptoms that are identical, or similar, to those of learning disorders, lack of ability, or {Read More}

Reading Is Too Important To Allow Your Child To Give Up On It
7:35 pm , May 22, 2013 1

Reading Is Too Important To Allow Your Child To Give Up On It

I think it takes a while for a child to understand that reading is not something that can be “gifted” to him by teachers and parents. He has to choose to use the tools he is offered and learn by himself, and he might not realize that even after three or four years of schooling. {Read More}

Help Your Child Read – And There Are Many Ways To Do It
8:04 am , May 2, 2013 0

Help Your Child Read – And There Are Many Ways To Do It

Busy parents often feel guilty about not doing enough to help their children learn to read. However, even though you can’t sit beside a child every night to listen and help sound out the words, it doesn’t mean you can’t help. Sometimes helping means letting a child learn how to help himself – which is {Read More}

Do You Know How To Create An Enthusiastic Reader?
6:10 am , April 16, 2013 0

Do You Know How To Create An Enthusiastic Reader?

I read my first book – a mystery story – when I was seven and nearing the end of grade two. My reading vocabulary was still very limited, but my desire to read was overwhelming. Why? I saw my sister and father reading every minute of their spare time, and so I knew it must {Read More}

Sports Can Encourage Both Sympathy and Empathy in Children
10:23 pm , March 21, 2013 0

Sports Can Encourage Both Sympathy and Empathy in Children

Not enough publicity is given to the way in which the feelings of sympathy and empathy in children are aroused by, or are reinforced by, the sports world, especially in team sports. Certainly a great deal of attention is focused on stories of the way in which children hurt each other in sporting competitions, and {Read More}

Everyone Loves A Good Mystery, And Children Are No Exception
8:26 pm , March 6, 2013 0

Everyone Loves A Good Mystery, And Children Are No Exception

It’s great to get a child hooked on reading mysteries, especially if the mystery is part of a series. Even unenthusiastic readers will become more interested in reading a book if it allows them to have a visit with an old friend – or several old friends. That’s what happens when a child starts following {Read More}

How To Help A Reader Who Refuses Help Can Be A Mystery
11:09 pm , February 15, 2013 0

How To Help A Reader Who Refuses Help Can Be A Mystery

Sometimes even quite young children will dig in their heels and refuse to accept help in learning how to do something they find difficult – like reading, for example. You can be given great advice on how to help your child, but the fact is that no one can make a person learn. The only {Read More}

Solve the Mystery of Why Reading Time With Your Child Vanishes
9:53 pm , January 30, 2013 0

Solve the Mystery of Why Reading Time With Your Child Vanishes

Even parents who are seriously committed to helping their child learn to read well and work hard to set aside the time to help, often find that good intentions are not enough. Somehow the time you planned for reading just disappears; however, it really isn’t such a mystery. A lot of changes take place between {Read More}

Kids Must Learn How To Deal With Competition In Sports And Life
10:00 pm , January 16, 2013 2

Kids Must Learn How To Deal With Competition In Sports And Life

When the word “competition” is used in connection with sports, a lot of parents become alarmed at what their child might learn or to what they may be exposed when playing a competitive brand of hockey, soccer, or any sport. “I don’t want my son to play competitive sports because I don’t want him to {Read More}

Kindness Can Still Prevail In A Child’s Competitive Sport
7:31 pm , January 10, 2013 2

Kindness Can Still Prevail In A Child’s Competitive Sport

Some parents worry about competitive sports changing their children in a negative way. We want our children to compete in the classroom without cheating, compete on the playground without feeling good at someone else’s expense, and compete in the game without breaking the rules. There is no question that there are always opportunities to cheat, {Read More}