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10 Tips for Encouraging Your Kids to Go Outside Part of the 10 Tips Series, where we bring the experts to you!

Get outside!

For this installment of the 10 Tips Series, we interviewed Pamela Ellgen, a Certified Personal Trainer in Phoenix, Arizona. Pamela trains kids as young as seven and enjoys motivating them and their parents toward a healthy and active lifestyle in the gym and outdoors.
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Ten Steps to a Simple, Square Foot Garden

Space and time limitations prevent most families from planting the massive gardens many of us remember from childhood. Keep in mind, a garden yielding a significant amount of produce can be planted in a space as small as a cubic foot planter. For this project, we’ll select a 4×4 foot patch in the yard.
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It’s Not Too Late to Get Your Kids Into Gardening: Build Summer Memories that Will Last A Lifetime

Gardening is for everyone!

There’s no doubting it, gardening provides a great opportunity for children to learn a much about self-sufficiency, math, science, and a host of other life lessons. There is magic and a sense of wonder in watching a seed’s journey from start to finish, and now is your opportunity to experience this with your child.

Every person experiences his or her own joy of gardening in a unique fashion. While some may revel in the feeling of becoming lost in their massive gardens, while others may find enjoyment in a small container garden on their back porch. Whatever the scope of your project might be, introducing your children to gardening can provide positive memories that will last a lifetime.
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Home And School Education – Your Kids Can Benefit From Both!

Once, as a Learning Support Teacher, I made my way down to the annex that housed the school’s History Department.

The annex was about 100 metres from the main school building, down an attractive, leafy hill.

On the way I was irked by two girls in front of me complaining about the hill, the wind ruffling their hair, the distance from one classroom to another, and so on.
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Coach Meaning, Not a Laundry List of To-Dos

The childhood development scientists who authored “The Scientist in the Crib”, did so for reasons which apply to coaching as well.

While popular books about science speak to intelligent, perceptive adults who simply want to learn, they wrote, books about babies typically just give advice, heavy on the how-to and light on the why.
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How Do I Know if I am a Good Parent?

This article addresses some common concerns that parents have about how to assess themselves. It offers guidelines for understanding the difference between nurturing and critical/abusive parenting.
Often I hear parents expressing concern that their children are not adequately prepared for life as an adult. Accompanying these worries is an almost unbearable amount of self criticism in relation to their parenting competency.
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Better Communication by Using All Your Brains

If you use your brain, you can communicate better, but what ‘brain’ are you going to use? Why not use them all?

Standard understanding of the brain right now is that it is triune, with three parts, the reptilian, or primitive brain; the limbic brain; and the neocortex. Further, the neocortex is divided into two hemispheres, the right and the left.
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