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Getting the Kids to Listen

     First of all, maintain eye contact, looking at your child when you talk to him, Tina says. Talking over his shoulder while he watches TV or calling to him from another room is not conducive to communicating effectively. Turn off the TV for a minute and kneel down to your child’s level so that you’re facing each other, Tina advises, and then go ahead and talk to him.

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Danny the Dragon Contest Winner- January

Alejandra Vargas is the lucky winner this month. She drew a lovely picture which she submitted accompanied by her very proud and caring father, Bernardo Vargas Sanchez. Thank you Alejandra!

 

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Vitamin D Can Prevent Children’s Flu

Many studies have recently come out singing the benefits of the super-nutrient, vitamin D, which helps to activate immune cells. It’s recommended that children get 400 IU daily of vitamin D. What’s unique about this nutrient is that you can get it just by enjoying some sun; sunlight triggers production of it in your skin.

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Library Visits with the Kids—Some Helpful Tips

There’s nothing like good, old-fashioned visits to the library to get your kids interested in reading and encouraging them to become avid readers themselves.

     You can start bringing your children to the library as early as infancy—around six months of age, or when they start to become interested in looking at the pictures in books. Make sure your baby is well-fed and well-rested before your trip so he’ll be able to enjoy himself and you’ll find it easy to keep his attention on the books you’ll show him. For infants and toddlers who are still interested in putting any and all objects in their mouths, board books are thick and strong enough to sustain the chewing and saliva of your baby’s mouth. Spend some time reading to your baby in the library and walk your baby around to look at all the books.

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Is Reading to Your Young Child Really Necessary?

Research continues to support that reading benefits children of all ages in a variety of ways. According to studies, reading helps build your child’s vocabulary, helps develop his imagination, and increases his ability to communicate. In fact, there is a direct relationship between how many words an infant hears in a day and his language skills, even his IQ. That being said, reading is crucial in exposing your baby or young child to a variety of words.

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Ways to Get Your Kids Reading

First of all, start young. Studies show that reading to your child should begin before the age of six months, as soon as they’re able to enjoy the images and pictures inside of their books. Collect some board books, either buying them at the bookstore or getting some hand-me-downs from friends and family. All children have varying attention spans and you should keep in mind not to push too far past these limits in their attention and not force them to read, as children tend to dislike things they are forced to do not on their own determinism. Every child is different and sometimes it takes time for his interest in reading to develop and his attention span to lengthen.

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A Mother’s Role is a Valuable Asset to Our Society

Chances are, you have an idea of just how important you are as a mother in your household. For instance, what if you were to go out of town for a week? Who would get the kids ready for school, take them to soccer or ballet, help them with their homework? And could you imagine the state of the house after such a length of time? As helpful as your spouse or children may be, without having Mom around to spur them through their daily chores, how often would they do the dishes or remember to take out the trash? And then there’s the matter of how they would feed themselves. Clearly, Mom, if it weren’t for you, your household would probably collapse.

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Sesame Street Character to Meet Danny the Dragon!

It is such a delight to know that the Count, from the Sesame Street that we all know and love, will be present for the “Sesame Street Halloween” family concert tomorrow night in Pasadena, CA.

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Great Press Coverage – Sesame Street Halloween Concert!

As many of you know, the Pasadena City College Orchestra’s biggest concert of the year is just a few days away: Sesame Street Halloween!

We are seeing great press coverage of this well-loved family event.  Click here and scroll halfway down to read a recent article about the concert.

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Gluten-Free Halloween Cup Cake Party this Saturday!

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We’re all very excited about my Halloween Gluten-Free Cup Cake Party this coming Saturday the 24th!

Our RSVPs are filling up – here’s two of our “bakers” that have confirmed their attendance!  Aren’t they cute?

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