learning and education

10 ways to boost your child's academic potential

We recently ventured into the proverbial teachers’ lounge to talk with some of today’s educators. We wanted to get their insights on how children can reach their highest potential in the classroom.

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Promote good listening skills

What does the scientific community know about your kids? Here are three clips that summarize studies about children and their listening skills:

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Raising kids who love Christ

As parents, we all want what is best for our children. We want them to live happy, healthy lives while they also stay away from the at-risk behaviours of sex, drugs, alcohol and gangs. And as I’ve had the opportunity to speak to parents literally all over the world, what I see are parents who desperately want to do a better job parenting than in the household they grew up in.

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Kindergarten readiness

How do you know if your child is ready for kindergarten?

Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, a child development psychologist and co-director of the Temple University Infant Lab, counsels parents against pushing their child into kindergarten too early. “It’s like the tortoise and the hare,” Hirsh-Pasek says. “The fastest starter isn’t always best in the end.”

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Are you helping or enabling?

Some tweens have a problem being responsible for their belongings.

Tara was halfway to her appointment when her cellphone rang. It was her son Miles.

“Mom, I forgot my lunch.”

“Miles! This is the third time this week.”

“I know. I’m sorry. Can you bring it?”

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