Send kids to work

Place child-sized furniture around the house to encourage the busy toddler to sit still longer and "work" at her own drawing table. A step stool will help her reach the kitchen sink for hand washing, tooth brushing, and for "helping" in the kitchen.

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You are your child’s advocate

As a parent, you are your child’s advocate.

For your child to succeed in the classroom, it is vital that you communicate his or her needs to the adults at school. It is equally important for you to listen to what the teachers and other school officials have to say.

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Kids and back-to-sickness

Children in large groups are breeding grounds for the organisms that cause illness. The top 5 causes for missed school are colds, stomach flu, ear infection, pink eye and sore throat.

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Taking an active roll at school

Teachers can encourage parents to take an active role in the classroom by requesting volunteers for holiday parties, field trips, or book readings.

Often, parents feel more at ease when they have the chance to meet their child’s friends and observe the day-to-day happenings at preschool.

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Linking physical education to academic

Remember that your child’s physical education is directly linked to his academic education.

Research shows that brain development is directly linked to physical activity, such as crawling before the age of one. If you and your toddler engage frequently in different kinds of physical activities, this may enhance brain development.

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Advocating for your child

Always be your child’s advocate, but never become the teacher’s adversary.

If you feel your child has been wronged, defend her. Call the teacher, have a conference, work things out the best you can, but don’t make the teacher the enemy.

When parents and teachers are openly hostile toward each other, the child almost always becomes the loser.

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Staying involved with schooling

Take time to meet each teacher and be sure they have your contact information and you have theirs if there are any concerns regarding your child.

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The ugly truth about greeting cards

Every year, there are 2.65 billion holiday cards sold in the U.S. That’s enough to fill a football stadium field 10 stories high! 

Look for cards that contain recycled content or are actually recycled materials.  You can make your own cards out of scrap paper found around the house. 

Or, you could use old cards as name tags for presents or for colorful artwork to decorate your house.  Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.

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