November  2018
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Shy little girl peering out from behind a tree. Help Your Shy Child Shine!
Draw them out of their shell!
Written by Denise Yearian

Childhood shyness is a common concern among parents, who fear their youngsters may lack self-confidence and lag behind in social development. But with preparation, practice and patience, most reserved children can learn how to successfully navigate social situations and build meaningful relationships with their peers. Here are 10 tips to help:

1. Start small. Expose your child to a variety of non-threatening, positive peer interactions from an early age. When they start day care or school, begin with a small class or group size if you can, until they're ready to transition to a larger one. As group size grows, consider adult-child ratios to encourage positive peer interactions and reduce the chance of negative behaviors such as bullying.  Read more

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Parent-Teacher Conference 101
How to make the most of it
Written by Denise Yearian

At the start of every school year, parents enter into an alliance that greatly affects their children's academic success. Though the parent-teacher partnership begins the day your kids walk through their school's doors, the true cooperative effort occurs during parent-teacher conference time.

Nearly all schools hold conferences shortly after the academic year begins, but these important one-on-one meetings can occur at any time, and should happen periodically. "Whatever time parents have, they should come and make the most of the meetings," says Andrea, an elementary school teacher for 29 years. "If parents have specific questions or concerns, I want them to bring them to the table."   Read More

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The Art of Appreciation
5 creative ways kids can say thanks
Written by Elisa Chemayne Agostinho

Regularly sitting children down to write thank you notes may no longer be the order of the day, but teaching kids to acknowledge the kindness of others is always in style - and not simply because it's the right thing to do.

Research shows that the benefits children can reap by giving thanks - such as greater happiness and resiliency, boosted brainpower, better sleep and a stronger immune system - shouldn't be overlooked. So encourage your children to express their gratitude in fun and unique ways; these five outside-the-box options are a terrific place to start!  Read More

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