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Tips for Enjoying the Outdoors Over the Holiday Weekend

NEEF Presents Activities to Help Parents, Teachers and Camp Counselors Make Sun Safety Fun As the upcoming holiday weekend ushers in the summer season, the National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF) is joining the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention to promote Don’t Fry Day, a national effort to encourage sun safety awareness. NEEF is marking…

Five Things Parents Should Know About End-Of-Year Testing

Every spring, schools across the nation give students millions of standardized tests. Students sit for hours, filling in answer bubbles with their number two pencils for an exam that may span days. They’re told the tests are “important”, they need to “do their best”, and that they have “one chance” to show what they’ve learned….

STEM…Motherhood…Programming: 5 Ways to Build Your Child’s Confidence with Programming

In our last blog post we focused on building your child’s self-esteem through programming. Today’s #CODEplayground objective is to build your child’s self-confidence. Self-confidence, often interchangeable with self-esteem, is the feeling of trust in one’s abilities and qualities. It is important to build both self-esteem and self-confidence in your child to ensure complete emotional health….

How Too Much Screen Time Affects Kids

Technology has positively impacted our world in a multitude of ways. However, this is the first generation that is learning how to use technology before they can even walk or talk.  There is concern among parents, teachers and doctors that children today may suffer long-term consequences. They are playing less outside, they are addicted to…

10 Ways to Keep Kids Safe Online

Think it’s still the Wild West out there on the internet? In many ways, you’d be right: Literally thousands of new services, apps and social networks go online (as do as many high-tech devices) with each passing year. Luckily, as many parents who’ve grown up alongside technology can attest, if you teach your kids a…

STEM…Motherhood…Programming

As an at home “Mompreneur” with 2 toddlers, there are many challenges I face in the day-to-day life of work and play. I am constantly trying to come up with ideas that will allow me to stimulate my children and give them activities that we can learn from as well as do together. One of…

5 Reasons Preschool Years Are a Prime Time for Learning

Much of the discussion about education focuses on the K-12 years, but some early childhood education experts suggest serious learning can start even earlier and pay dividends for the child in years to come. “Young children have the capacity at a very young age to be academically challenged, and we need to educate them strongly…

DFWChild: Modern Etiquette for Hosting (and Attending) a Kid’s Party

Kim Cameron opened the invitation her 4-year-old daughter received and was instantly shocked. “The invitation was very elaborate,” the Fort Worth mom reveals. “It was professionally printed on thick cardstock and included a little watercolor paint palette.” But it also included a registry of pricey birthday gift wishes. My, how things have changed since Cameron,…

Aparna Pande of Kidstir Is Making Cooking Fun for Kids

Moms, how many times have you been in the kitchen baking or cooking and your little ones requested to join you? Although the idea of cooking with your kids seems like fun, thoughts of chaos fill your mind. From giving them adequate instructions to the clean-up, the tasks can feel cumbersome. Kidstir is making the…

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