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Dozens of daycares in Quebec are being encouraged to allow children to roughhouse, rather than break it up. I was alarmed. Don't get me wrong: I'm all for roughhousing. I know that roughhousing is teaching my sons important life lessons. But those are places where kids should learn to resolve their conflicts with words, not fists.
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It's time to throw a sleepover party for your kid and their stuffed animals.
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Given that inequalities emerge early in life - and seem to persist - it is imperative and urgent that Canada invest, develop and sustain a high-quality early child development framework.
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Don't get me wrong, I love to do things for and with them, but I also want them to be independent and give them the confidence to know they have the capability to do these things on their own. It's not just their toys that need to be organized, other areas of your home can contribute to their autonomy as well.
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Living in a normal world, with exposure to many aspects of cultural and intellectual life, will allow us to reach our fullest capacity. That's pretty good. But this doesn't mean we can make a silk purse out of a sow's ear and create geniuses by throwing more stimulation at a kid.
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Although many conversations have begun about women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) in Canada, development and implementation to work towards evening out gender imbalances in these fields is still a work in progress. There has been a lot of data gathered to support this issue and many factors that prevent women from STEM opportunities.
They're called "smart" devices, but overloading toddlers with smartphones and other mobile technology could hold back their development. So say researchers with Boston University'...
As I watch my 19-month old daughter reenact similar play gestures, it's quite apparent that games, toys and even the word play has really evolved since my days of pretend salt and pepper. We've arrived at this place where apps, face-time and email replace many conversation
The idea of exercise as a tool for brain development should be very attractive to anyone involved in education. A simple way to benefit from this idea would be to use exercise as a "primer" to enhance your brain's ability to function. This is such a simple concept that is rarely utilized in our busy world.