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Code Riddle-- Crack the Code, Find the Answer-- Logic Activity for Family

A couple of days ago, I posted the first part of “LOGIC... an important yet undermined element in our school curriculum” series. I hope you have had a chance to read it.  I thought posting a fun logic activity will be meaningful as a follow up. I am hoping that these activities are fun and entertaining for you and family.

I am dividing the activity into three different levels: Novice, Primary, and Intermediate. I won’t give any specific of age; it is for you and…

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Added by Chandra Budi on April 17, 2015 at 8:35pm — No Comments

LOGIC…an important yet undermined element in our school curriculum

This poem is about the best friends I always had, “BOOKS”, and the hope that my friend Augusta ( not a real name) will reconnect with her best friends very soon. Augusta is a second grader, and she feels alone...hope that won’t last...

The Rectangle Friend of Mine...

Mom, 

do you remember when I used to have so many rectangles as my friends?

those rectangles were full of…

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Added by Chandra Budi on April 13, 2015 at 9:59pm — No Comments

Best Cherry Blossom spots around Jersey City/New York

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Added by NewportMommy on April 7, 2015 at 5:55pm — No Comments

Stopping your child from hitting others when he thinks they won't listen

Question) My son is 6 years old and has got into the habit of pushing and hitting other kids when he thinks they won't listen to him.

 

Answer by Early Childhood Specialist from Building Healthy Minds and Happy Families:…

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Added by Sara Zaidi on March 30, 2015 at 5:06pm — No Comments

Healthy Hygiene with Baby on Board from Newport Dental Arts

With so many little ones…

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Added by Courtney Singh on March 20, 2015 at 10:50am — No Comments

Lessons from My Messy Little Valentine

The Valentine's Day Party was wrapping up. As my husband and I grabbed coats and wiped off smudged hands, a fellow mom I'd just met said, "Thank you. Thank you for letting your daughter get messy and play on the ground. I'm just now learning that lesson myself."



I laughed and said I understood, but internally, I really appreciated her words. I know not…

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Added by Patricia MacLean on February 26, 2015 at 1:00pm — No Comments

When a child favors one parent over another

Question) My older one always shows that she loves her dad more than me and uses the tactic to not listen to me. What can I do to win her over?



Answer by Early Childhood Specialist from Building Healthy Minds and Happy Families…

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Added by Sara Zaidi on January 28, 2015 at 11:30am — No Comments

Defining Good Fortune -by Patricia MacLean

This weekend, my husband and children and I are spending a few days with friends who live near a ski resort. For the first time ever, Monkey is going to learn how to ski and boy, is it expensive. Since Monkey is not yet six, he has to have a private lesson, which at only $10 more than a group lesson, is going to cost around $100. I'm looking forward to seeing if Monkey enjoys skiing, but part of me is incredulous that I am spending $100 on a 90 minute class for a five year old. Some…

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Added by Patricia MacLean on January 20, 2015 at 11:30am — No Comments

Wall St Journal: How to Get the Best Jumbo Mortgage Rates

Today's Wall St. Journal features a great article on how to get the best jumbo mortgage rates.

In our zip code, jumbo mortgages are often the norm. While buying a home is exciting, applying for a mortgage can be very daunting. However, doing your homework, which includes improving your credit score, can make your dream home that much more affordable.

The article touches on quite a few points that should be intuitive. For example, the higher the down payment, the…

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Added by Dalia Bose on December 30, 2014 at 6:11pm — No Comments

New House, New Tree, New Traditions - Patricia

When we moved into our new house and offered to host Christmas (well, with all the different beliefs in our family, we call it Christmakkahwali) I envisioned a family trip to a tree farm where we'd drink cider and sit on bales of hay as we toured the farm to pick out our perfect tree. After the drive home, I imagined playing holiday music and the four of us wearing awful Christmas sweaters, while baking cookies and decorating the tree. In reality, it turns out that most tree farms are 45…

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Added by Patricia MacLean on December 24, 2014 at 11:00am — No Comments

Find the Right School for Your Child

As a Realtor, I am often asked what the best school in this area is. Actually, choosing the right school for your child is a very personal decision. Ask me, or your friends and neighbors, and you will likely receive overwhelmingly positive feedback on their children’s school. In reality, there is no “best school in town,” only one that is the best fit for your child and your family.

Even though the school year starts after Labor Day, Open Houses for various schools start in…

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Added by Dalia Bose on December 22, 2014 at 3:37pm — No Comments

Crying for every small thing - How to manage crying spells

Questions) My daughter is very stubborn and keeps crying for every small thing, like when hungry, tired or sad. When we try to talk to her she won’t listen. Sometimes we do give in and sometimes we loose our patience. Is it normal for a 5 year old to cry this frequently?



Answer by Early Childhood Specialist from Building Healthy Minds and Happy…

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Added by NewportMommy on December 10, 2014 at 9:50am — No Comments

Caring for your Children’s Teeth by Dr. Louis Zazzaro from Newport Dental Arts

Courtesy: 

www.newportdentalarts.com

201.626.6210

I am sure you already know that children are little sponges, constantly absorbing your habits and behaviors on a daily basis. Getting your little ones started at a young age on the road to good oral hygiene is a step in the right direction for lifelong overall health.

For babies, teeth…

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Added by NewportMommy on December 10, 2014 at 9:27am — No Comments

Rasberry and Vanilla Thumbprint Cookies

Holiday Season brings in the same fervor as the Diwali did back '80s and '90s. The spirit is the same - get togethers, food, new clothes and the increased zeal of people around. I remember we, cousins went berserk when it was time to go shopping for festivals. Now after more than 2 decades when  I see A, my son, going through the same phase wherein he talks about Thanksgiving and Christmas with so much enthusiasm, its nostalgia. Stories of Stony soup and Christmas are doing the rounds…

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Added by shally arora on December 6, 2014 at 8:05pm — 2 Comments

A perfectionist child and helping them succeed

Question) It appears that my daughter has very high expectations from herself. She has to turn in the perfect piece of work or else she will not even make an attempt. It is a struggle to help her understand that it will take several attempts before you can get it right. Some examples would be she would not practice her violin lessons because she thinks it doesn't sound right when she plays. She will not…

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Added by NewportMommy on December 2, 2014 at 11:30am — No Comments

How can I get my child to stop being picky about her food?

Question) How can I get my child to stop being picky about her food?

 

Answer) Infant feeding patterns affect taste preferences for longer than we think. As children begin to transition to table food it’s essential to begin introducing a variety of healthy food items with different tastes and textures. For an older child whose eating habits are already established it’s a little bit harder to encourage them to eat different things. However, it is possible to…

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Added by NewportMommy on November 27, 2014 at 11:26am — No Comments

21 month old started hitting everyone

 QUESTION FROM PARENT:

"My 21 month old baby girl started hitting everyone and is a cranky child. She does not want to share anything in playdates and starts crying . Please suggest some tips to improve her behavior."…

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Added by NewportMommy on November 21, 2014 at 11:30am — No Comments

Super cranky kid and how to help them - By Early Childhood Specialist

QUESTION FROM PARENT:

 I have a 6 year old super smart daughter. However, every play date or birthday party she goes to ends up in a fight with some other kid, a lot of crying & high drama. It is becoming increasingly painful for me to take her out anywhere. I don't know how to make her get along, help her enjoy these play dates and parties and generally have a good time

RESPONSE FROM…

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Added by NewportMommy on November 16, 2014 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Parenting: The Days are Long, but the Years are Short by Patricia MacLean

There are a lot of good days when it comes to parenting. Fun days outside or lazy days spent snuggling on the couch. Today was not one of those days. Instead it stretched painfully, gray and dreary like the rain that fell all day. Because Monkey's school was closed, I'd lined up a three-hour Lego class for him while I worked and a trial gymnastics class for both kids in the afternoon. In my mind, the kids would be excited for the change of routine, I'd work efficiently while the…

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Added by Patricia MacLean on November 13, 2014 at 9:00am — 5 Comments

Halloween: Tricky for Moms, Treat-y for Kids -- by Patricia

Halloween is upon us and while it's a lot of fun for kids, I sometimes think the ghosts of Halloweens past are playing tricks on parents. While the kids get to revel in the joy of costumes and candy, it's up to the parents to juggle holiday fun with logistics.



"What logistics?" you ask. Lets start with the…

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Added by Patricia MacLean on October 30, 2014 at 6:30pm — 2 Comments

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