Author: Parent Cue

Children Are Like Dogs

The middle school years are a time of transition—both for your kids and you as a parent. One of our staff members heard the following excerpt at a parent middle school orientation, and if you’ve raised a child through the middle school years, you’ll find this analogy is quite accurate. If you haven’t reached this milestone yet, store these words away for future reference. When Children Turn Into Cats Adair Lara Have you ever realized that children are like dogs? Loyal and affectionate, but teenagers are like cats… It’s so easy to be a dog owner. You feed it,...

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10 Best iPad Apps for Kids

There are a few more weeks of summer left, which means a few more weeks of entertaining kids. If you have one last road trip before school starts, you and your kids may want to consider downloading one or two of Sam Luce’s recommended iPad apps. We came across this blog post several weeks ago and thought it worth reposting. What are your favorite Apps for Kids? 10 Best iPad Apps for Kids 1. Casey’s Contraptions – crazy addicting think Angry Birds meets actual laws of physics. 2. Parent Cue – reThink’s CUE Box for the iPad – if you use reThink’s 252 Basics curriculum this is a no-brainer. 3. Toy Story Read Along – stunning ebook for the iPad also includes interactive treats like video, coloring and games. READ...

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Improv Parents

Guest Post by Jon Williams Improvisational Theatre.  In my mind, there is truly nothing more exciting than watching two to three performers take a couple of completely random suggestions from an audience and make a complete story right in front of me.  As an audience member, I feel like I am on stage with them. It’s agony. It’s fantastic. It’s improv. So, how do performers make up stories on the spot and create these massive story lines right in front of your face? Are these performers master actors with years of training? Very rarely. They are able to do all of this by learning one very valuable statement. The statement is simple. It’s “Yes, and…” The “Yes, and…” is a very powerful tool. Very simply, it’s never saying “no.” It’s difficult. It’s challenging. It’s improv. In an improv situation, everything that comes out of another actor’s mouth is considered gold. Now, it might not actually BE gold, but it is your job as a fellow performer to treat it as such. And the only way you can do that is by saying “Yes, and…”  Let me reiterate. EVEN IF IT’S A BAD IDEA AND EVERYONE IN THE ROOM KNOWS IT, you still treat it as gold. It’s power. It’s grace. It’s improv. So, why am I taking up very valuable real estate on a parenting blog talking about improvisational...

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Too much too soon?

Did you hear about the New York mom who sued her daughter’s preschool because it hadn’t properly prepared her four-year-old for entrance exams for an elite education? “It is no secret that getting a child into the Ivy League starts in nursery school,” reads one tenet of the lawsuit. I don’t care how smart your kid is, when college-like competitiveness overtakes the creativity and wonder of childhood, something is wrong. Recent research released by MIT and UC Berkley seems to agree. Slate Magazine reported the study and concluded, “New research shows that teaching kids more and more, at ever-younger...

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10 Ways to Tame your Temper

Here are 10 tips from the Mayo Clinic to help you control your anger: 1. Take a timeout. 2. Get some space. 3. Once you’re calm, express your anger. 4. Get some exercise. 5. Think carefully before you say anything. 6. Identify solutions to the situation. 7. Use ‘I’ statements when describing the problem. 8. Don’t hold a grudge. 9. Use humor to release tensions. 10. Practice relaxation skills. Click here to read the entire article on anger...

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