Category: parenting + development

Preparing Kids (and Parents) for Middle School

Preparing Kids (and Parents) for Middle School

[ 0 ] April 29, 2013 |

Here’s my amalgamation of helpful tips for kids (and families) preparing for middle school: academics, social, digital, communication, and more.

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What Happened to Recess?

What Happened to Recess?

[ 0 ] April 12, 2013 |

Last week was the second event in the Speaking of Play series presented by the Providence Athenaeum, Providence Children’s Museum and Kidoinfo: a provocative conversation about the important benefits of recess. Panelists shared stories of their recess crusades and sparked an enthusiastic and passionate audience exchange about joining together as a community to stand up […]

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Safe and Happy Kids Taking a proactive approach to bullying

Safe and Happy Kids Taking a proactive approach to bullying

[ 0 ] April 4, 2013 |

First published in the April 2013 issue of East Side Monthly. Until fairly recently, I have not spent a lot of time thinking about bullying at our neighborhood schools. While I don’t believe that the East Side is a magical conflict-free zone, and I have certainly heard about bullying incidents in school buildings, on school […]

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Playing Together

Playing Together

[ 0 ] March 29, 2013 |

By Janice O’Donnell, Executive Director, Providence Children’s Museum Research indicates that today’s children play outside less than any previous generation.  Yet, studies also show that parents know that active outdoor free play is really good for kids.  What’s the problem? There are a bunch of problems actually: busy families with highly structured schedules, the lure […]

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Dr. Ron Taffel: Childhood Unbound: Raising Strong and Compassionate Kids—Confident Parenting in a Tough 21st Century World

Dr. Ron Taffel: Childhood Unbound: Raising Strong and Compassionate Kids—Confident Parenting in a Tough 21st Century World

[ 0 ] March 28, 2013 |

Dr. Ron Taffel, a nationally known child rearing expert, will present a FREE parenting workshop on Thursday, April 4 at 7 pm at Temple Beth-El in Providence entitled, Childhood Unbound: Raising Strong and Compassionate Kids—Confident Parenting in a Tough 21st Century World.

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Parenting Simply: Welcome Spring

Parenting Simply: Welcome Spring

[ 0 ] March 21, 2013 |

Moving through this year, I am making a more conscious effort to connect with earth and nature on a daily basis.

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This is (my) kindergarten readiness

This is (my) kindergarten readiness

[ 0 ] March 14, 2013 |

As you navigate your own educational path with your children, there may be times that you feel pressure or feel lost and conflicted (even in the preschool years!)

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Leave No Child Inside: Conversation Followup

Leave No Child Inside: Conversation Followup

[ 1 ] March 13, 2013 |

Last week’s “Leave No Child Inside” conversation – presented by the Providence Athenaeum, Providence Children’s Museum and Kidoinfo – featured an enthusiastic exchange of ideas and resources for increasing kids’ outdoor playtime.

Some of the issues:

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Feeding Traditions: Katy Killilea

Feeding Traditions: Katy Killilea

[ 3 ] March 8, 2013 |

Today we meet Katy Killilea. She loves running, cooking, sudden trips to new places, loud corduroy pants, and being taken to the Beehive in Bristol.

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Family Dinner: The Lost Art

Family Dinner: The Lost Art

[ 3 ] March 7, 2013 |

In today’s world families have become so busy, with both parents working, and children scheduled for countless school and athletic events that dinner time has all but disappeared.

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