What is Screen-Free Week? According to their website http://www.screenfree.org/, it is “an annual celebration where children, families, schools, and communities turn off screens and turn on life.” By turning off, or reducing screen time, participants have time to pursue a host of other activities like reading, playing and exploring outside, spending time with family and […]
Research shows that the old expression “nature vs. nurture” is a false dichotomy. We now know that genes provide the brain’s basic blueprint, but experiences – especially experiences early in life – influence how the brain develops. Together, they establish either a sturdy or a fragile foundation for all the learning, health and behavior that […]
One of the most important experiences in shaping a baby’s brain development is “serve and return” interaction between children and significant adults in their lives. Young children naturally reach out for interaction through babbling, facial expressions, and gestures, and adults respond with the same kind of chatter and gesturing back at them. This back-and-forth process […]
Learning how to cope with adversity is an important part of healthy development. While moderate, short-lived amounts of stress can be beneficial for healthy growth and development, toxic stress is the strong, unrelieved activation of the body’s stress management system without support from a protective adult. Without caring adults to buffer children, the unrelenting stress […]
All parents have to manage their children’s behavior, and setting limits is a particular challenge. Parents may find themselves spending much of their day saying “no” to their kids. Sometimes it’s about safety, such as saying “no” to a toddler who is about to walk out into the street. Other times it’s in response to […]
High profile acts of violence can confuse and frighten children who may feel in danger or worry that their friends or loved ones are at risk. They will look to you for information and guidance on how to react. Here are some simple tips from the National Association of School Psychologists to help you help […]
Kids under the age of 12 can win gift certificates (up to $50!) to local toy stores in a contest to create a poster on the theme “I know my parents love me because…”. This contest is sponsored by LaneKids in celebration of Parenting Education Week, May 19-25.
Winners will be announced during Parenting Education Week.
Sparks, as the Search Institute refers to them, are your child’s interests, their passions or focus that bring meaning, joy and energy into their life. Depending on your child’s age, experiences and temperament you may be quite aware of what makes your child light up inside, or you might not have a clue. Sometimes these […]
Looking for ways to “spark” your child’s interests? Here are some free and low cost local ways to engage your child in new experiences:
The University of Oregon Museum of Natural and Cultural History offers free admission every Wednesday.
The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art has free admission the first Friday of every month and is […]
Everyone agrees that reading is vital to a child’s success. Research shows that there are six early literacy skills that are essential to creating a solid foundation for learning to read: print motivation, print awareness, phonological awareness, vocabulary, letter knowledge and narrative skills – in other words – read, sing and talk.
By adding these elements […]