Category: parenting

The Value of Playing with REAL Stuff

The Value of Playing with REAL Stuff

[ 0 ] April 15, 2014 |

By Cathy Saunders, Director of Education, Providence Children’s Museum Children in the U.S., for the most part, are not growing up in a “hands-on” society. Toys are bought, not made by hand, and are not designed to be fixed if they break. Classroom time is more focused on test preparation and less on project-based learning […]

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Parenting Matters Workshop

Parenting Matters Workshop

[ 0 ] March 17, 2014 |

On Saturday March 22nd, Bradley Hospital hosts the annual Parenting Matters conference.  This conference is intended for anyone who raises or works with children.  The conference will be held at Barrington High School from 8:00am-12:40pm. There are a large number of workshops lead by some amazing and insightful local minds – behavioral experts, child-rearing gurus […]

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Time! The greatest gift you can give a new parent.

Time! The greatest gift you can give a new parent.

[ 1 ] January 17, 2014 |

What new parents really want is someone to do the laundry, clean the house, or cook their dinner not another onesie.

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Help twins / multiples develop their independence.

Help twins / multiples develop their independence.

[ 3 ] January 14, 2014 |

These days it’s more common to have twins because of increased use of IVF and women having children at a later age. Teachers, coaches, families, and friends spend more time around multiples now, but may be unsure of how to deal with the unique situations that may arise with siblings the same age. Although these tips are geared for families with multiples, they may also be useful in parenting siblings of different ages.

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Local Film Screening: “Room to Breathe”

Local Film Screening: “Room to Breathe”

[ 0 ] December 2, 2013 |

Bainbridge School invites the community to join a screening and discussion of the film “Room to Breathe”. A panel of experts on the integration of education and mindfulness will reflect on the film and take questions from the audience immediately following the screening. All ticket sales from the screening will go toward the expansion of […]

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Ease Transitions to your New School or Daycare

Ease Transitions to your New School or Daycare

[ 1 ] August 26, 2013 |

As preschool or daycare enters the picture, losing control becomes our greatest hurdle. Once we get our emotions in check (and understand we are not alone) we can find ways to make it easier and healthier for our kids to transition into preschool.

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Helping Kids Have a Healthy Body Image Starts at Home

Helping Kids Have a Healthy Body Image Starts at Home

[ 0 ] February 5, 2013 |

To get off the weight loss cycle of one step forward, two steps back, we need to focus on truly important life goals – health, happiness and setting positive examples for our ourselves and our families.

Nutrition and exercise should not be an annual intervention, but a part of our everyday life. Maybe if we were focusing on goals that are truly meaningful to ourselves, we’d be more successful. What if we cared – really cared – more about being happy and healthy? It sounds like a dream!

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Upcoming Salon: How Do We Talk to Kids About Film?

Upcoming Salon: How Do We Talk to Kids About Film?

[ 0 ] January 11, 2013 |

I look forward to being part of this upcoming Salon at the Providence Athenaeum. Sponsored by the Providence Children’s Film Festival (PCFF).

How Do You Talk to Kids About Film?
Friday, January 25th from 6:00pm to 8:00pm

For the parents:

Join the Providence Children’s Film Festival (PCFF) for an informal panel discussion about watching films with your children. Leading the conversation will be special guests:

Dr. Renee Hobbs, Professor + Founding Director, Harrington School of Communication and Media, URI
Anisa Raoof, Founder + Editor, Kidoinfo
Eric Bilodeau, Director of Programming, PCFF

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Talk about Giving

Talk about Giving

[ 0 ] December 19, 2012 |

I have not actually played the Talk About Giving game. I was immediately drawn in by its message and simplicity after seeing an image of the cards shared around the internet. Finding ways to give back (big or small with our time, talent, or cash) has always been essential to me and in part, the mission of Kidoinfo. Raising kids to be community minded starts early. We can make more meaningful lasting connections around giving back when we incorporate the philosophy into our family’s everyday conversations and actions.

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A National Tragedy: Helping Children Cope – Tips for Parents and Teachers

A National Tragedy: Helping Children Cope – Tips for Parents and Teachers

[ 3 ] December 17, 2012 |

National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) provides useful tips for parents and teachers on helping children cope with a national tragedy. More in-depth information is available on the NASP website.

Tips for Parents and Teachers

Whenever a national tragedy occurs, such as terrorist attacks or natural disasters, children, like many people, may be confused or frightened. Most likely they will look to adults for information and guidance on how to react. Parents and school personnel can help children cope first and foremost by establishing a sense of safety and security. As more information becomes available, adults can continue to help children work through their emotions and perhaps even use the process as a learning experience.

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