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  • Preparing Children to Return to School – An Emotional Approach

    Preparing Children to Return to School – An Emotional Approach

    Preparing Children to Return to School – An Emotional Approach As back to school plans continue to change almost daily, children’s emotions will remain unpredictable. One day they are thinking about returning to their friends and teachers at school, and the next, they are told they won't be returning for another few months. Because of this, our children's emotional needs have never been greater. And while the uncertainty of everything is still present, what we do know is that we must prepare our children, emotionally, for a return to school, whenever that may be. For those that return to a brick and mortar school, they may experience some separation anxiety from their ....

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  • Preparing Children to Return to School – An Intellectual Approach

    Preparing Children to Return to School – An Intellectual Approach

    Preparing Children to Return to School – An Intellectual Approach Over the past few months, we have been inundated with information that seems to change almost daily, making it hard to resolve what should and should not be done. Everyone has their thoughts and feelings about varying current debates, especially regarding starting school. And while there will be no answer that satisfies everyone in the short term, we must remember that children will return to some form of school, either online or brick and mortar, so it is essential that we prepare them intellectually for what will lie ahead to counteract any learning loss already exhibited. As it happens during the summer each year, ....

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  • Preparing Children to Return to School – A Physical Approach

    Preparing Children to Return to School – A Physical Approach

    Preparing Children to Return to School – A Physical Approach We are currently faced with all sorts of unknowns most, of which, are completely out of our control. And while we cannot dictate how others choose to move forward, what we can do, as parents, is prepare our own families for what may lie ahead. Currently, the most pressing matter is preparing children to return to school. As school’s layout the various options that parents can choose from, the American Academy of Pediatrics is backing a return to brick and mortar. But jumping back into this option has some parents nervous for their child’s health so accurate preparation for physical safety is essential. Over ....

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  • Super-Charge Your Child’s Development  During the Summer

    Super-Charge Your Child’s Development During the Summer

    Super-Charge Your Child’s Development During the Summer As the world continues its reopening efforts, more and more parents are headed back to work. And while this is a positive sign, it leaves parents with the task of finding their children a fun, yet safe, program to spend each day at. Since summer camps are unable to provide some of the usual daily activities due to the current restrictions, finding a program that has a creative approach to its curriculum is important. In addition, a program that can help propel children in a forward direction again when it comes to their overall development is essential. Normally children are now just beginning to feel the effects of the ....

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  • Ninjazone-WTK Obstacle courses for fun and fitness

    Ninjazone-WTK Obstacle courses for fun and fitness

    Obstacle courses for fun and fitness It can be a challenge to tie fitness and fun together in a way that will hold a child’s attention. Distractors like television, tablets, video games, and social media combined with an increasingly sedentary lifestyle can result in shorter attention spans, making it even more challenging. Staying physically active with limited options and seasonal availability of sports can be a struggle. Solving this, however, can be as easy as heading to NinjaZone-WTK. Think about the fun of jungle gyms and playground/park equipment – the appeal is the fluidity and variance of movement. The popularity of Ninja obstacle courses on television and in gyms ....

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  • Leading by Example The Power of Self-Care in Parenting

    Leading by Example The Power of Self-Care in Parenting

    Leading by Example The Power of Self-Care in Parenting Parents have always served as the first, and typically, the most important role model for their children, even though family members, teachers, and coaches have a significant impact on a child’s development as well. However, in the wake of the pandemic, these people have had less of a presence in children’s lives which ultimately left parents without the additional support they typically depend on. Combined with the stressors that have come with the pandemic, parental self-care has taken a back burner and bad habits are being observed and learned by children. The goal of parenting is to raise happy and healthy ....

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  • Pandemic Parenting  Understanding Your Child’s Regressive Behaviors

    Pandemic Parenting Understanding Your Child’s Regressive Behaviors

    Pandemic Parenting Understanding Your Child’s Regressive Behaviors Raising a child can be one of the most rewarding jobs around. And while it’s exciting to watch children grow and develop into caring humans, parenting definitely brings about it’s fair share of challenges. Fast forward to 2020 and we are now faced with parenting during a pandemic which presents with even more difficulties. And to make an already stressful situation worse, many children are exhibiting a regression in behaviors that is contributing to parental frustration. Therefore, it’s imperative that parents have support so they can be empathic during this tough time and be attuned to differing ....

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  • Summer Brain Gains – Helping Children Prevent the Summer Slide

    Summer Brain Gains – Helping Children Prevent the Summer Slide

    For years, parents and children have been faced with the dreaded summer slide, a time when the school year ends and summer learning loss begins. And as if it wasn’t detrimental enough in it’s own rights, this year the summer slide has been accelerated by the COVID slide and trauma related to the pandemic. The reality of this is that children’s cognitive performance has decreased earlier than usual. To counteract this, it’s essential that children have access to a summer program that fosters brain development while also keeping health and safety top of mind. For most children, actual learning of new information abruptly ended and school districts did their best to ....

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  • Supporting Children’s Emotional Needs During the Pandemic  Part 2

    Supporting Children’s Emotional Needs During the Pandemic Part 2

    Supporting Children’s Emotional Needs During the Pandemic Part 2 We are all human and our responses to our current situation vary. Some have hunkered down and sorted through their new reality in a way that has motivated them to complete tasks and put new goals in place. Others have become increasingly overwhelmed and feel like they have no control over their lives at all. It’s important to note, however that there is not a right or wrong way to respond to what we have been presented with. It solely depends on each individual person and how they cope. And as parents are working to navigate their own emotions, they must also help their children manage their feelings. When ....

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  • Supporting Children’s Emotional Needs During the Pandemic

    Supporting Children’s Emotional Needs During the Pandemic

    Supporting Children’s Emotional Needs During the Pandemic Part 1 As the pandemic carries on, our coping skills are starting to unravel. For many people, this has become the ultimate emotional test. As we continue to maintain our distance from each other, not only have our social lives been halted, but our emotional support is wavering as well. And while we have been living this reality for some time, it is not getting any easier. In fact, it is getting a bit harder, especially for children. In order to mitigate this emotional imbalance, it is important to put things into place to help them feel more stable. Understanding that feelings and responses to the same pandemic are going ....

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