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How to Help Kids Make Friends During the Pandemic

By James J. Crist, Ph.D., author of The Survival Guide for Making and Being Friends With the COVID-19 pandemic going into its second year, we are starting to see the mental health of children and teens decline as they continue … Continue reading

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Fun Family Cooking: 2 Recipes to Try Together

By Erik Talkin, author of Lulu and the Hunger Monster™ I work at a food bank, a place that stores and distributes healthy food to organizations and individuals in Santa Barbara County, California. We provide over 20 million pounds of … Continue reading

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Activities for Every Day of Week of the Young Child®

By Lydia Bowers, author of We Listen to Our Bodies and Shawn Forster, vice president of Peaceful Schools and artistic director of Peaceful Schools Productions Started in 1971 by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), Week … Continue reading

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How to Model Healthy Worry and Coping Strategies as We Emerge from the Pandemic

By Summer Batte, author of Name and Tame Your Anxiety: A Kid’s Guide For the past year, as we’ve avoided outings and people, visualized germs coating every surface and spewing from the mouths of our loved ones, my daughter has … Continue reading

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How Trauma Impacts Students’ Motivation

By Stephanie Filio, M.Ed., author of Responding to Student Trauma: A Toolkit for Schools in Times of Crisis My daughter is nineteen years old and deep in the throes of individuation. She has always been one of those kids that … Continue reading

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