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November 16th, 2016

Ask an Expert: Test Prep Tips for Four Year Olds

If you’ve got a 4-year-old who’ll be testing for the first time this school year, you may have no idea what to expect. Luckily, we’ve got expert insights on how testing works for Pre-K students from TestingMom.com co-founder/NYC gifted testing expert, Michael McCurdy, and Dr. Kim Har, psychologist and former director of childhood education at […]

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November 14th, 2016

Talk to Your Child More and Who Knows…Harvard?

That Crazy and Annoying Parent The year Schuyler was born, a woman in my apartment building had a son named Aaron. This woman was crazy, in my opinion. We’ll call her Sandy because that was her name and I don’t live in the building anymore anyway. Sandy used to have a loud, one-sided running dialog with […]

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November 10th, 2016

Patience Pays: 10 Ways to Grow a Smarter, More Patient Child

The Marshmallow Test In the 1960’s, Stanford Professor Walter Mischel offered 4-year-olds a choice.  They could have a marshmallow right away or if they waited while he stepped out for a few minutes, they could have two marshmallows when he returned.  High delayers resisted the treat for fifteen minutes, while low delayers waited only an […]

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November 8th, 2016

7 Easy Ways to Boost Your Child’s IQ

Boost Your Child’s IQ By age 5, most children in America will have been given some kind of intelligence test, whether it is for private school admissions, gifted and talented qualification, or public school placement in slow, average or accelerated learning groups. IQ tests cover the 7-abilities children need to thrive in the classroom: language, […]

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November 2nd, 2016

Feed Your Child’s Brain: Best Foods for Thinking

Best Foods for Thinking Earlier this week, I talked about all the candy and sugar that this holiday (and many others) bring to the forefront for your child.  It’s definitely not the best input in large quantities for your child’s thinking brain. We don’t recommend that you eliminate it, but give sugary treats a right place […]

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October 31st, 2016

Sugar: Effects on Your Child’s Brain

Sugar Effects It’s Halloween, which means today our children are going to be overloaded with enough candy to feed 100 of their closest friends. And it’s all in fun, I know.  But it got me to thinking today about how sugar affects a child’s brain. So I’ve been doing a little research. If your child […]

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October 26th, 2016

What do you think: Do Kids Need Homework?

What do you think? Do Kids Need Homework? Really, do kids need homework? A second-grade teacher’s note about her “no formal homework policy” went viral last month, spurring a national debate online amongst teachers, school administrators and parents. This teacher has one exception: students need to finish assignments which weren’t completed during the school day. What do scientists […]

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October 26th, 2016

The Right Way to Praise Your Child

The Right Way to Praise Your Child is Free! I’ve said it so many times, and it’s true: Kids will work hard for praise, and it’s great for parents because it’s free! One of the things I’ve mentioned on our member parent training calls is that there’s a difference between praising your child for working […]

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October 17th, 2016

Tears, Tantrums and Meltdowns, Oh My!

Tears Tantrums and Meltdowns What’s the difference between a tantrum and a meltdown? Tantrums are short-lived and tend to subside if nobody’s paying attention. But if you’re the parent of a child under 5, you’ve dealt with at least one full-blown public meltdown — and today, I’ll help you understand why they happen and how […]

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October 12th, 2016

Why Do Kids Ask So Many Questions?

Why DO Kids Ask So Many Questions? A UK survey of 1,000 moms from a couple of years ago showed that preschool-aged girls ask approximately 288 questions per day – and if you’re the parent of an inquisitive preschooler, that’s around one question every two minutes and 36 seconds. You’re probably more exhausted than your child […]

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