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Kindergarten Readiness Forum 2014 a Success!

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On December 2, 2014, we hosted our Second Annual Kindergarten Readiness Forum, a very informative session focused on kindergarten readiness and choosing a school for your child.

We heard from Dr. Cheryl Thomas, Director of Elementary Education, Powhatan County Public Schools and from Amanda Surgner, Vice President of Advancement and Director of Admission for Collegiate School. The focused discussion was moderated by Liz Pearce, Director of Parent Engagement, and included the following topics:

  • Making intentional choices about a school or program
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After the Parent Teacher Conference

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It's that time of year, when parents gather with teachers to discuss school progress so far. Some years, a parent will breeze right through the meeting, other years pose challenges. When there is an “issue", here are a few ideas to help:

  1. Reframe: Consider what you heard at the Parent-Teacher conference. Both of you have your child’s interest at heart. Your next meeting could be a brainstorming, or problem-solving session.
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8 Halloween Tips for Parents

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Maximize your parenting on Halloween! Here's how:

  1. To minimize candy overload, feed your kids dinner before trick-or-treating. Bonus parenting opportunity: Now’s your chance to review the ground rules for Trick-or-Treating, and offer a little freedom paired with supervision.
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Early Risers Raring to Go

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From Liz: Here's another great “Community Corner” post from a member of CMoR’s Junior Board. Periodically, they will share their “everyday perspective” on topics of interest to the parenting community, including CMoR exhibits, special events, and more. Enjoy!

From the Fan Club: Early Risers Raring to Go

By Amanda McDonald, CMoR Junior Board Member

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The 5 Best Things to Say When Your Child Is Afraid

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In our 30 years of service to the community, Commonwealth Parenting educators have created a wealth of helpful information available for download and distribution. Follow the link at the end of this post to download this, and other articles of interest.

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7 Steps For Change: Bullying Prevention

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October is Bullying Prevention Month. To help spread awareness, Commonwealth Parenting is hosting a variety of sessions on bullying prevention, in various locations around Richmond. Join us and be part of the solution!

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Visit the Fredericksburg CMOR location!

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From Liz: Here's another great “Community Corner” post from a member of CMoR’s Junior Board. Periodically, they will share their “everyday perspective” on topics of interest to the parenting community, including CMoR exhibits, special events, and more. Enjoy!

CMoR Fredericksburg: A Delightful Day Trip!

By Amanda McDonald, CMoR Junior Board Member

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When the News is Frightening to Children: 6 Tips for Families

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** Some days when we turn on the television, there are graphic depictions of violence, and more human tragedy than little ones need to see. Please be mindful of these little ones (and big ones too) watching over your shoulder, and do yourselves a favor: Turn off the screens and tell the ones you love, that you love 'em. ~ Liz Pearce

When The News Is Frightening

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Back to School Blues: 5 Ways to Make the Most of the Last Few Weeks of Summer

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For some kids, school can be a tense and fearsome place. Now is the time to help guide your kiddo to handling anxiety, and potentially gaining some self-confidence boosters. Here are some tips for parents:

  1. Acknowledge the problem. The most important thing you can do for a child experiencing school anxiety is to acknowledge that her fears are real to her. If nothing else, you'll ensure that she won't be afraid to talk to you about them.
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5 Ways to End Arguments at the Checkout Line!

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If you dread shopping with your child, consider starting an allowance. Make a list of things your child could pay for with an allowance – and this will silence the phrase, “Can I have it?” You know what I mean … candy, bubble gum, the latest video games, shiny sparkly things. Plan ahead for your outings to the store, and let your kids learn early about the value of money. Read on for more tips:

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