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How to Host (and Survive) a Slumber Party
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by Amy Saldanha, kiddywampus So, your child wants to have a sleepover. Great. Because the thought of a gaggle of kids giggling and racing around the house all night is every parent’s dream, right? Don’t stress. Here are some no-fail tips for making sure your child’s slumber party doesn’t end up being a nightmare. Make a Plan Talk to your kids about what they...

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The Power of Make Believe: Encouraging Pretend Play
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by Michelle Albright, PhD, innovativeKids Tis the season for dress ups! Is your child going to be a cheetah, a pirate, a princess, a superhero? Halloween costumes are all about making believe. But what about everyday pretend play? Young children learn by imagining and doing. Sometimes, kids need a little help from their parents to break out of their routines, get creative, and really...

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5 Lessons Learned from Playing Board Games
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by Sherr Artemenko, Play on Words  The holidays say family time and as the snow falls and forces us inside by the fire, we have a perfect time to pull out a favorite board game to name each other’s doodles, race for some treasure or spin a story from picture cubes. What can kids learn from playing board games? 1. Social language: Kids learn the...

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The Power of Pretend
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by Ellen Metrick, National Lekotek Center I’ve been in the working world for a good stretch of time and although my office attire is often a touch casual, there are occasions when there‘s a demand for me to attend important functions and power-up my outfit. Tucked into one section of my closet is what I term my “power suits.”  I think we all have...

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