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Santa's First Blog - Greetings from the Beach!

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Hello girls and boys!

I have been thinking about you as Mrs. Claus and I take our vacation at the beach!  We love our time basking in the sun, doing a little fishing and recuperating from a busy Christmas season.  My elves and Snow Queen are now preparing the North Pole for next Christmas, making new toys, trying out games and puzzles and video games.

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Summer Solutions!

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“A perfect summer day is when the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, the birds are singing, and the lawn mower is broken.” - Anonymous

A lot happens over the summer, wouldn’t you agree? A child can change tremendously over the summer, if you let it happen. There’s a lot of growing, and a lot of change during these 3 months of very active (and hopefully!) stressfree living.

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5 Helpful Tips for Managing Mental Health in Special Needs Children


5 Helpful Tips for Managing Mental Health in Special Needs Children
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When Time-out Doesn't Work

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Parents and caregivers, get your detective badge out, dust it off, and take a look at the situation. Plan to spend at least 15 (uninterrupted!) minutes analyzing the situation, either alone or with a trusted friend, without the distraction of the phone, the TV, the kids, or the computer. Now consider these points, and take action:

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Cold Weather Days: Indoor Play for Little Learners

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Re-posting for all the little snow bunnies out there in RVA!! Happy Snow Day everyone!

As we know, babies, toddlers and preschoolers need active time balanced with quiet activities. If you are finished playing outside, you’ll need to have a selection of activities at hand that are educational and fun inside. Right now, in and around your home, you can strengthen critical thinking skills, boost creativity, strengthen gross motor skills, fine tune fine motor skills and improve literacy.

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Twilight Carniball 2015: Destination India

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Photo Update: Check out all the fun - we've uploaded pictures from the evening to our Flickr account. Click here to view them!

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!

Twilight Carniball 2015: Destination India

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Why I Love Doc McStuffins

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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!

A Show That Encourages Independent Play!

By Amanda McDonald, CMoR Junior Board Member

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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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