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By The Goddard School • April 5th, 2018
“An afternoon snack at our house is usually either a smoothie or fruit with protein, such as apples with peanut butter or orange and cheese slices. Other favorites include yogurt-based Popsicles, trail mix or homemade popcorn.” ― Kath Younger, a registered dietitian and blogger at Kath Eats Real Food
“For an after-school snack, my kids have enjoyed fresh…

Including our children in the care of our beloved family pets can provide valuable lessons on love, kindness, gentleness and responsibility. Here are some doggone great ways (supervised, of course) children of varying ages and stages can participate.

Did you know laughter can actually lower stress? It's true. Laughing helps take our mind off of stressors, relaxes our muscles and helps us to connect with our children, families and friends. The key to being a happy, successful parent may be as easy as maintaining a sense of humor. Be willing to laugh at your child's antics—even at your own missteps—it makes such a difference! Tell your child a joke. Make goofy noises. Dance a silly dance. Make up wacky words to…

Toddlers know what they want, but they can't always tell you. Here's how to deal.

By The Goddard School • November 19th, 2014
Are you stuck inside because of the freezing temperatures or the rain? Take a step back from the TV, tablet or video game, and shake up your normal routine. When the weather prevents your children from playing outside, provide them with challenging activities and active games
Have a Board Game Competition.
Hold a board game competition in your living or family room. Spend the day playing different games. You can even compete for prizes.
Create…

By The Goddard School • May 10th, 2010
Nutrition comes in many shapes and sizes – and not all of them are solid. A fruit shake is a refreshing way to start your child’s day. Choose your child’s favorite fruits or try a new one from time to time. Add a piece of whole grain toast – and maybe a little peanut butter – and you have a balanced breakfast alternative. Cut and freeze fruits ahead of time to make this breakfast as…

These more than 25 Thanksgiving activities for toddlers will keep little hands busy and out of trouble during the holiday season.

By The Goddard School • September 12th, 2013
You love to watch your little one playing and learning, and so do Goddard School teachers. Observation is a core method our teachers use to assess what children are learning, when they are ready to learn new tasks and what their interests are. We use these observations to track the children’s progress, develop lesson plans and share the children’s development with their parents
As parents, we often teach our children, yet they can teach us…

By The Goddard School • June 7th, 2018
These simple activities can improve your child’s intellectual development
Setting children up for intellectual success later in life is high on the list of concerns for many parents, but amidst the everyday pressures of parenting , broad goals like “ making your child smarter ” can feel overwhelming and impractical. Fortunately, encouraging cognitive development doesn’t have to be…

We say, “Don’t do that,” and they do it anyway. We say, “Stop” and they continue. We say, “Pick that up” and they do so just to throw it back down again.

Putting your baby down to sleep when she shows signs of drowsiness, but is not yet asleep, will help her learn to fall asleep independently. This is

In our increasingly technological world, devices are here to stay. Set boundaries and limits now so devices become teaching tools instead of detracting from

Fatherhood is a profound, wonderful journey full of moments that you will cherish for a lifetime. Here are five tips for dads who are new to the experience.

By Sue Adair • October 1st, 2009
There comes a day when your child will ask to sleep over at a friend’s house for the very first time. Whether because of homesickness or fear of bedwetting, sleepovers can turn into a nerve-wracking experience for children. As parents, how can you prepare for your child’s first sleepover? What should you expect
Here are some helpful tips to guide parents and children through the first sleepover.
Start somewhere comfortable. Spending the night in a strange…

hildproofing your home can be an overwhelming task. The most effective way to start is to evaluate your home, room by room, from your child’s perspective. If

“Long days, short years.” How true these words are for parents. Several years ago, a mom with college age children said those words to me, and they resonate

Nothing says Happy Father's Day like a homemade gift from the heart! Help your child surprise Dad with one of these super special crafts this year.

Volunteering is an enriching experience for everyone involved. Families have more opportunities and more reasons than ever to volunteer together.

By The Goddard School • April 9th, 2014
Staying connected with family members who live in different parts of the country and different parts of the world is easier than ever, but young children often act shy when they are asked to come to the phone to say hello or to smile for the camera during a video call
We want to make these special times meaningful because young children benefit from their relationships with their extended family. Grandparents and other family members…

Children need to learn to manage negative emotions, and to do that, they need to experience them from time-to-time at manageable levels. The anxiety-free child

By Susan Magsamen • December 9th, 2015
Susan Magsamen is the Senior Vice President of Early Learning at global learning company Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH). She is a member of the Educational Advisory Board for The Goddard School and senior advisor to The Science of Learning Institute and Brain Science Institute at Johns Hopkins University
This piece was originally published on 01/22/2015 on the HMH blog .
The more I think about it, the more I love the analogy of a “ diet…

Pregnancy is a profound experience. It gives you nine months to bond with your baby and grow emotionally. Here are five ways to stay healthy and happy during

So you can’t coat the kitchen with Teflon and train the pets to stop shedding. Before sending the entire family (including Fluffy) to live with Grandma, try one of these neat strategies.

Infant-development experts believe that the first years of a child's life are a prime time for learning, but sometimes it may be hard to think of new

To prepare children for the modern world, STEAM learning has become an essential part of childhood education.

A child's imagination is supposed to run wild when it comes to fantasy play, but it can literally be a nightmare if his mind races at bedtime. Here's how to ease his fears and get some Zzzs.

Thinking about adding a furry, feathery or scaly pet to the family? Read these tips on getting a family pet.

The real-life application of learning engages students beyond worksheets and traditional methods.

See the delicious, clever, and easy seasonal recipes FamilyFun magazine is creating each month.

Edutopia blogger Nick Provenzano believes there's more to teaching than dispensing curriculum, and he shares three practices that lead students and their families to trust him on a personal level.

Ian passes along some rules to live by when flying with young children.

We asked kids: What is true love? See their sweet answers in this Kid Talk video.

Get your kids into the habit of helping with mealtime chores. Try these 5 easy tips.

By The Goddard School • June 24th, 2013
Get out the paper, pencils, crayons and markers and let your children scribble. Scribbling is the foundation of artistic development, language acquisition and written expression. Through their scribbles, children are telling stories and beginning to link writing to self-expression. Practicing and playing with writing can help young children learn to form and recognize letters
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Help your students understand the perspectives of other people with these tried-and-tested methods.

They may not look like much, but they can completely transform a dish.

Food prices are set to jump significantly in the new year, says a new report from Dalhousie University

Santa called. He’d like more exciting treats this year. We promise he’ll be impressed with these clever twists on the classics.

These five projects from Curious Jane Magazine hit on all aspects of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math).

Are you a merry mama or a petulant parent when it comes to your Elf on the Shelf? Take our fun quiz to find out.

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Do you hear that? That’s the sound of belts unbuckling, buttons popping and pants giving way for all the holiday foods that are upon us. Now that the holidays are around the corner, it’s time to start making room for family, friends, and all the holiday food. To some, this is the time of year …