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Glen Allen Ranked Top Choice for Young Families

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Did you see the news in the Henrico Citizen this week? Glen Allen was chosen as a great place to raise a young family!

All the reasons listed in the article, and many more we identified, were why it was the first spot the Children's Museum of Richmond chose to place the nation's first satellite children's museum. Kudos to the businesses and families that make Glen Allen such a great place to live!!

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Tips for Attending Special Events at the Museum

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Special events at CMoR are a great way to enjoy the museum! If you are planning on joining us for Spiderman and Friends, or any of our summer series events, consider the following tips for a great experience for you and your family:

1. Special events can be a bit more crowded than a typical day at the museum. Plan on arriving early, as seating is first come, first serve.

2. Pack a few extra “fidget” toys to keep excited kiddos occupied while waiting.

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The Power of Words: Using Profanity

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Did you know that seventy-five percent of adults say Americans are becoming ruder and less civilized, but that 75% of people also say they are NOT the ones being rude? What’s going on here?

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The Wonders of Water Play: Behind the Scenes

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Ever wonder how our Front Yard exhibit SplashMor works? Check out this post from our very own Laura Madsen, Guest Services Manager.

No exhibit excites me more than CMoR Central’s front and backyard water play area, SplashMor. From the responses that I get from guests, I can tell that I am not the only one.

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Two Extremes of Behavior and Two Things to Remember

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Guess what? Your kids and teens won’t stay in the same frame of mind forever! This can be either wonderful or distressing, depending on what stage of parenting you are in. Dr. Arnold Gesell demonstrated over 60 years ago that child development advances in a spiral pattern, going from one extreme to another. His theories still hold true today. For example, here are some typical teen-aged behaviors over a span of 3 years:

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Keep Calm and Carry On: The Broken Record Technique Works!

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When children are young, power struggles can be a real test of your parental authority to see what happens when the day to day routine is changed up a bit. When your children are teenagers, power struggles are more complicated, because your child is able to reason and negotiate with you. Yet in both situations, a child is practicing his skills for the real world, and parents should always remember this – getting our children to adulthood is the goal, and creating responsible, thoughtful adults is our job.

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Is My Child Ready for Kindergarten?

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When children are approaching kindergarten age, they are beginning to understand more complex situations, and are able to play more independently. Four- and five-year-olds are learning new skills every day, and are becoming more aware of the world around them. Their view on the world moves from being egocentric (“The world revolves around me, and me only!”) to ethnocentric (“The world revolves around me, my family, and my community.”)

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Keeping All the Plates Spinning

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I just finished reading an article, "Forget one-size-fits-all solution to work-family balancing act" by Ana Veciana-Suarez in the online version of the Chicago Tribune. I think she makes very valid points, and because of my own personal history of bouncing between full-time employment, part-time employment and several variations in between, it spoke to me. Ms.

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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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