Raising Your Child in a Digital World:

Finding a healthy balance of time online without techno tantrums and conflict

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Simple Hacks to Tame Your Inbox

May 3, 2019
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Are you frustrated that you can’t ever achieve inbox zero?  Are you overwhelmed by the amount of time you dedicate to email every.single.day? Are you sick of the incessant ping of your inbox? Or maybe you’ve suffered from that post-holiday feeling of panic when you’re greeted by a bulging inbox upon your return to work? […]

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Post Cautiously

Feb 24, 2016
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As proud parents we’re often guilty of clogging our friends’ and families’ Facebook and Instagram feeds with pictures of our kids, but many cyber safety and parenting experts are concerned about where these images can end up. Everyday photos of children engaging in simple activities are being used as sexual contraband by paedophiles online. It’s not just […]

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Balancing kids’ screen-time with green-time

Nov 3, 2015
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Many children today spend their idle time staring at screens and not at the sky. Kids today are tethered to technology and as a result, many children are experiencing a ‘nature deficit’. When kids are spending too much time with technology they’re not spending enough time in nature and this has implications on their development […]

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Do Kids Learn More From Handwriting or Typing?

Sep 10, 2015
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  Is Typing or Handwriting Better for Kids? The keyboard versus the pen.  Which is better for children’s learning? As laptops and tablets become commonplace in schools many parents and teachers are left wondering if note-taking with paper and pencil will become an obsolete skill.   Do young children still need to learn how to […]

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Why Background TV Isn’t Healthy For Little Ones

Aug 26, 2015
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Leaving the TV switched on throughout the day is commonplace in many homes. It’s often just the “done” thing.   So parents are often quite shocked to learn that there are unintended consequences of “background TV” on their child’s development. I live by the mantra by Maya Angelou, “When you know better, you do better.” I […]

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Will DVDs Build My Baby’s Brain?

Aug 1, 2012
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Today’s parents are under increasing pressure to buy educational goods for their children.   From the moment a child is born, parents are bombarded with toys and products touted as ‘educational’. Parents and teachers are often seduced by the promise that these products will give young children a ‘head start’. But are these toys, gadgets […]

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Simple Strategies for Building Brains: Move and Eat Well

Jul 18, 2012
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Children need to move to learn. This will be nothing new for our grandparents who have always known this. Physical movement actually sets up the neural pathways (the brain connections) required for academic learning to occur. Simple things like crawling, rolling, rocking, swinging and skipping all develop the brain architecture that is needed for later ‘classroom’ […]

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Simple Strategies for Building Brains: Language

Jun 10, 2012
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We know more than ever about how brains develop and the critical role that parents and teachers play in this process. Essential aspects of brain architecture are shaped by a child’s experiences. This development starts before birth and continues at a rapid rate after birth. Many fundamental aspects of brain architecture are established well before […]

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Simple Strategies for Building Brains: Secure attachments, sleep and stress

Jun 1, 2012
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A child’s early experiences form brain circuits that provide the basic architecture of the brain. These brain circuits are constructed through a process that begins early in life (before birth in fact) and continues into adulthood. Much like constructing a house simpler circuits are built first and then more complex brain circuits build on them […]

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