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Angela Nott, Boys Town Cross Country Coach and Teacher

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2 Easy Tips for Raising an Active Child

This article was originally published on momaha.com. Did you know just one hour a day of activity helps maintain a healthy mind and body? Parents play a key role in their child’s physical fitness. Taking on that role not only has an influence on their childhood, it also influences how children approach physical fitness in the future. The habits we form in our youth make a difference when we get older; kids who are inactive usually remain inactive as adults. Our children look at ...

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Boys Town Contributor, Mother or 11-year-old son and 9-and 4-year-old daughters

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10 Milestones You Might Not Find in the Child Development Books

Sure, learning to read and tie their shoes are great accomplishments for kids, but there are others that every parent truly appreciates once their children have mastered them. Like when they learn to feed themselves or when they discover how to play by themselves. Certain crucial achievements are often overlooked, and you might not find them in the traditional lists of developmental milestones. As every parent knows, we should celebrate these milestones for the amazing accomplishments they are. Milestone No. 1 Can ...

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Dr. Connie J. Schnoes, Ph.D. | Staff Psychologist | Boys Town Center for Behavioral Health

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The Power of Imaginative Play

Have you ever seen a child pick up a stick in the yard and suddenly wield it as a sword to fight off a band of marauding pirates? Or maybe you’ve seen a youngster build a fantastic airplane from nothing more than a boxful of colored plastic building blocks. This is play fueled by pure imagination. Children have the ability to create worlds of their own, where they can become a hero or a princess or a cowboy or a ballerina. Imagination ...

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Samantha Whaley, MPA, Boys Town Expert

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Avoid ‘Summer Slide’ and Make Learning Fun

Now that the school year has ended, what are your kids up to? If they’re like most, they’re sleeping late and spending extra time watching television and playing video games. Maybe they’re spending some time with their friends. Chances are, they’re not doing a whole lot of learning, though, and this contributes to summer learning loss, also called “summer slide.” Did you know that the equivalent of one month of overall learning is typically lost after summer vacation? Here are some ...

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Julia Cook, Children’s Book Author

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That’s Just RUDE!

According to The Washington Post,  a recent research study indicates that children who scored well on social competence indicators were four times more likely to get a college degree by age 25 than children who scored poorly. The study goes on to state that children who interact well as kindergartners are more likely to make friends and get positive feedback from teachers, and therefore are more likely to like and stay in school. Teaching children at a very young age how to ...

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Bridget Barnes, Director
Common Sense Parenting, Mother of two

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Cinderella Movie Can Inspire Real-Life Happy Moments for Your Children

Younger children love fairy tales about beautiful princesses and handsome princes. Through storybooks and movies, they can imagine themselves as the hero or heroine who overcomes adversity, shows kindness toward others and acts with independence and courage. Kids also enjoy playing dress-up and acting out their favorite scenes, or using their imagination to make up their own stories. With the recent release of a new, live-action Cinderella movie, you have a wonderful opportunity to encourage these behaviors in your child and create ...

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Bridget Barnes, Director Common Sense Parenting, Mother of two

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Back-to-School Strategies for Special Needs Kids

Many parents do the “back-to-school” cheer once the summer is over, their youngsters are on their way back to the classroom and family life is back on schedule. But for parents of children with special needs, the transition back to school might not be such a cheerful thought. I am a mom of a child with special needs. At the end of summer, I often would begin to get those back-to-school blues.  It was unsettling to think about what the school ...