Studies have shown that lighting can have an effect on children’s mood and behavior. Bright light can heighten emotions and affect appetite. New research suggests that bright light has a crucial impact on the brain: It may foster the formation of new synapses, and enhance our ability to learn.

Blue light can energize during the day, and impair sleep during the night. And natural light can make kids happier and increase their ability to focus and think.

Calming sounds or white noises refer to sounds that mask other sounds that might occur naturally in an environment. If you live in a busy city, white noise could help block out noises associated with traffic. Sounds like rainforest or beach sounds are often used as calming sounds.

Virtues & Values

Young children love listening to stories. Stories with characters whose virtues and values kids can emulate, or with meaningful messages, help them inculcate valuable lessons and learn about kindness, wisdom, honesty, compassion, and more.

What activities does your family do every day? Routines can help our children build healthy habits, reduce stress, and reinforce values.

The magic of human development occurs most rapidly between birth and 8 years of age, when brain cells and the connections between them form. Connections become wired. It is during this critical window that the developing brain must receive enough stimulation, and if it does not, it is very difficult to rewire later. Behaviors are formed through a complex gene-environment interaction, and providing an optimal environment for your child is essential to giving them the highest chance of succeeding.

The chances of knowing someone with a learning disability is pretty high.

Did you know that 2.3 million students are diagnosed with specific learning disabilities (SLD) and receive services under IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Act). This represents 35% of all students receiving special education services. (According to the Learning Disabilities Association of America).

Children with learning disabilities begin school excited to learn. If your child is having difficulty in school, he/she may learn differently from other kids. For many kids, these disorders go undetected despite their ongoing struggles with school work and the behavior issues that often accompany these disorders…

Maintaining Structure and Routine During Summer Break

Summer is finally here! The kids get a break from school, and mom and dad get a break from early morning carpools. School may be over for the summer but it is still important to maintain a sense of routine. Not having a daily routine can lead to anxiety and boredom, which may lead to behavior problems at home.

- Avoid conflict -set expectations early

If your idea of a successful summer doesn’t include late nights and sleeping in until noon, make sure the rest of the family is on the same page. Choose a wake-up and bed time, and stick to them through the summer…

School is out for summer! Are you ready?

Summer Learning

Studies show that students lose 2.5 months of reading and math learning every summer. School may stop for summer but learning never should. Keep the learning fires burning all summer with these great resources and tips.

Create a reading routine : Set aside a specific time each day to dedicate to reading. Show that reading is important by making it a priority. A nighttime reading routine can help children associate reading with relaxing.

Be a reading role model : When they see you enjoying a good book, they will follow your lead.

5 Fun Ways to Celebrate the End of the School Year

School is almost over for the summer! Can you believe it? Help your kid enjoy the last few weeks before summer with these fun ideas.

Quick Tip — How to Clean Your Band

With regular use, all watch bands will eventually get dirty. Here are some cleaning tips to help keep your watch band in good condition. …

Wishing a very Happy Mother’s Day to all moms!

Fun Fact:

Did you know that Mother’s Day was first celebrated in 1908 when Anna Jarvis held a memorial for her mother. Anna Jarvis wanted to set aside a day to honor all mothers because she believed that a mother is “the person who has done more for you than anyone in the world”.

5 Easy Mother’s Day Crafts For Kids

Kids will love surprising mom with a one-of-a kind gift they made themselves.

Quick Tip- Removing scratches from your screen

Got scratches? Don’t worry! We’ve found a couple of tips to help your screen look better in a snap.

Since you probably already have toothpaste at home, give the toothpaste method a try first.

Toothpaste Method

  • Put…

Spring has sprung! Are you ready?

5 Reasons Why Your Kids Need Chores

Do you want to increase the likelihood that your kid grows up to be a successful and happy adult? If so, make sure they have chores! A 20 year study conducted by the University of Minnesota shows that involving kids in household chores at an early age has positive benefits that stays with them throughout their lives. The earlier a parent gets their child involved in (age appropriate) household chores, the better.

  1. Chores help teach kids a sense of responsibility and self-discipline. Being responsible means doing what needs to be done, even if it’s…


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