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A Letter of Thanks from a Teacher

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The following is a reprint of comments from Jami Elmore, a Henrico County Public School teacher, at our annual spring fundraising event, Twilight Carniball, on March 2, 2013. Many in the crowd were moved by her comments, which beautifully outlined how donations benefit children's visits to the Children's Museum. Thank you, Jami, for your comments, and for all you do for children! Liz Pearce

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How Reading Can Help Self-Esteem and Boost Resilience

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Why is literacy so important and when is Read Across America Day? Read Across America Day is being celebrated on March 1st in most schools, and March 2nd at various community locations. (You can visit The Children’s Museum of Richmond to meet the Cat in The Hat this Saturday!) Reading is a critical skill we all need - to function as independently as we can. Reading is not only a method of taking in information, but also builds self-esteem and boosts creativity.

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Is Technology Distracting You?

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Today's guest post was written by Torie Brandon, VSU Student Intern. Torie is majoring in psychology and is interested in pursuing a career involving families and children.

Our purses beep, pockets flash and our jackets sing a playful tune. We answer to these hints of communication promptly. But what about if we hear faint voices yell “mommy” or a cranky call for dad? Is the response time the same for both occasions?

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Spotlight on Children’s Mental Health: Celebrating Their Strengths

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So many times, we see our children’s troublesome behaviors as a general picture of who they are.

Even though we don’t mean to, we label them in our minds. Oh, he’s always got his head in the clouds – he never pays attention. Or, She’s so chatty and always getting in trouble with her teachers. It’s all too easy to fall into that trap, because we want the best for them, and we want them to succeed. If there are stumbling blocks along the way, we want to remove them – and sometimes we see our children’s behavior as a stumbling block to success.

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Eyes on Me, Ears Listening, Screens Off!

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If you think about it, adults have a lot of competition from video screens.

Consider this: How many times have you spoken to your child lately and had to remind him or her to look away from the screen and look at you? Come to think of it, have you counted the number of video screens in your house? TV screens, computer screens, smartphone screens, IPod screens, tablet screens and so forth consume our environment these days. They are even on the microwave and washing machine, too! We walk around with our eyes focused on these small rectangles giving us information 24/7.

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Holiday Stress! Tips for Families

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Do the holidays make your blood pressure rise? Worried about lots of guests and how it will all get done?
You’re not alone!

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Commonwealth Parenting On-Site Education

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Got parenting questions? Want to find out some secrets about kids?

We've got answers! On select Mondays at CMOR Central and CMOR Chesterfield, Family Educators from Commonweatlh Parenting, the local parenting education organization, will be available for conversation and questions.
 
On Monday, November 19th from 10AM-12PM,
join Family Educator John Richardson-Lauve at the Chesterfield branch of the Children's Museum of Richmond to learn and share. 

 

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"Fall Back" Sleep Tips for Parents

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If you've ever had challenges with Daylight Saving Time (DST) and parenting, you’re not alone. Who knew 60 minutes would make such a difference?

"That hour is even more difficult for kids to deal with than flying cross-country to a whole new time zone," says Jodi Mindell, Ph.D., a professor of psychology at Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia who specializes in pediatric sleep. "It can throw off their sleep, appetite, attention span, mood, everything." Why? A child's body clock is set by light and dark patterns, not by what it reads on your watch, Mindell explains.

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Halloween Tips and Parenting Treats

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Maximize your parenting on Halloween with these bonus opportunities!

  1. To minimize candy overload, feed your kids dinner before trick-or-treating. Bonus parenting opportunity: Now’s your chance to discuss and review the ground rules for Trick-or-Treating. Decide on boundaries, groups, time, etc.
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Tantrums!

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Did you know the word “tantrum” has been around since the early 1700's? Even our founding fathers and mothers were dealing with tantrums.

But think about this – when your computer is acting up and you can’t get anything to work, or you are trying to program your DVR, or trying to put your kids bicycle together with 11 million parts – that same frustration you feel, they do too. We have the awareness that there are better ways to express ourselves. Kids don’t!

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