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Are We Talking Enough to Kids About Stress?

Who hasn't gone through playground drama, right? What I didn't realize is how this situation was making daughter feel low about herself and her ability to handle her emotions on the playground. I think like most parents I wasn't sure how much to ask her about stress. Culturally, many of us grew up with more conversations about academics and marks than conversations about feelings and stress.
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How to Handle Kids' Temper Tantrums: Tips From a Teacher

"What.the.FRIG," comes the angry retort. Then, the stomping begins, and the little tether-ball player starts to storm off. I arrive at the wall and I realize I have a choice to make. I can issue stern reprimands for disrespect to a teacher, which will be followed up on once said child arrives inside. Or I can choose another route.
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School Bans Balls

Correction: The spelling of St. Catharine's, Ontario was incorrect, that error has now been fixed. Toronto's Earl Beatty Public School took an extreme approach to a minor injury by banning students f...
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The Recess Problem

For years, recess was a sensory nightmare for my autistic nephew. I watched him pace around the perimeter of the playground alone. Enter our gifted consultant. She told me to be out of sight, and let him fall apart and let him and his friends pick up the pieces. I was horrified. Let him cry? Let him scream? Really?