12 Jun · Maryanne Del Monte · 26 Comments

End Summer Boredom

You know you will hear it, it’s just a matter of when: that inevitable summer slogan of, “But, I’m booooooored!” After a school year of fairly structured time, children often feel unoccupied or under-stimulated when left with unstructured time. This summer, try to think of boredom as a teaching opportunity. Boredom gives children the opportunity …

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15 May · Maryanne Del Monte · 577 Comments

Around the Dinner Table: Putting Family First

Between parents and kids’ hectic schedules, social commitments, social media and smart phone/technology overload, today it’s harder than ever to stay connected to our immediate family. Did you know that research suggests that having dinner together as a family at least four times a week has positive effects on child development? In fact, family dinner …

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