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Archive for November, 2008

Cooking with Kids

Posted by bronwynr on November 29, 2008

Let your kids help you in the kitchen with these great recipes just for kids. Many of these recipes include step-by-step instructions for your children to follow including useful information about kids using microwaves.
Cooking with Kids

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Cosby on Parenting

Posted by bronwynr on November 27, 2008

cosby

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SpongeBob to soar on stage

Posted by bronwynr on November 26, 2008

Nickelodeon’s absorbant yellow one is hitting the UK stage in SpongeBob SquarePants – The Sponge Who Could Fly – A New Musical!. continue

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Online Time Important to Teen Development

Posted by bronwynr on November 22, 2008

Online Time Important to Teen DevelopmentThe largest U.S. study on teenagers and their use of digital media show that America’s youth are developing important social and technical skills online, skills that adults do not always understand or value.

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About Digital Youth

Posted by bronwynr on November 22, 2008

“Kids’ Informal Learning with Digital Media: An Ethnographic Investigation of Innovative Knowledge Cultures” is a three-year collaborative project funded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Carried out by researchers at the University of Southern California and University of California, Berkeley, the digital youth project explores how kids use digital media in their everyday lives. Read more

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How to Teach Integrity to Children

Posted by bronwynr on November 21, 2008

Honesty seems to be a rare find nowadays.

Along the same line, another dwindling commodity is honesty to one’s self, otherwise known as integrity. Restoring integrity and keeping it intact deserves your undivided attention.

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Latest kids book reviews – Chalice, Martha speaks, ghostgirl, Tinker Bell, Little Blue Truck

Posted by bronwynr on November 20, 2008

Chalice by Robin McKinley

Martha Speaks

TV series and book

ghostgirl by Tonya Hurley

Tinker Bell DVD and book

Little Blue Truck by Alice Sherle

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Talking with Kids about Tough Issues

Posted by bronwynr on November 18, 2008

http://www.talkingwithkids.org/
The Kaiser Foundation and Children Now offer “practical, concrete tips
and techniques for talking easily and openly with young children ages 8
to 12 about some very tough issues: sex, HIV/AIDS, violence, drugs and
alcohol.”

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Toys that promote creativity

Posted by bronwynr on November 17, 2008

 

What are the best toys to promote creativity? and what are the best ways to choose?

Bring out the creativity in your children – click here for a set of articles so that you can get some ideas and a feel for what will suit your particular needs.  Then scroll down for the toys that our research shows are the best at promoting creativity.

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Punishing video game violence: Does it reduce aggressive behavior?

Posted by bronwynr on November 17, 2008

Carmageddon 2 (source: Gamespot) is a gory racing game where players control drivers with names like “Max Damage” as they tear through city streets mowing down pedestrians and forcing competitors into bloody collisions. The game settings can be adjusted so that running down innocent bystanders actually increases a player’s point total. Surely, if there’s any video game that might raise a parent’s ire, Carmageddon 2 is one of them.
Studies have shown that violent video games are more likely than non-violent games to induce aggressive behavior, even after very short playing sessions. But more recent research (by Dmitri Williams and Marko Skoric) has suggested that violent game play does not always lead to aggression.

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