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Social & Emotional Development

Why we should speak our native language with our children

May 15, 2017
For most immigrant parents, raising bilingual children is not a choice or a decision, it’s a way of life. Regardless of whether our native language is Spanish, Filipino, Korean, Chinese or French, we all want our children to be able to communicate in the language in which we were born and teach...
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Don't Fear the Feelings! Helping Young Children Express and Manage Their Emotions

May 12, 2017
As early as 6 months, babies experiences complex emotions like grief, anger and fear. By 2 children have a full range of emotions including disappointment, anxiety, and shame. Feelings are not the problem, it is how children (and we!) act on these emotions that can be problematic (hitting when angry) or productive (using words). Trying to talk kids out of their feelings, going right to reassurance, or minimizing them doesn't make them go away, it just means they have to get expressed in other, often less acceptable and healthy ways. So don't fear the feelings! One of the greatest gifts you give your child is helping him understand, accept and effectively express his feelings. Read on to learn ways to build your child's emotional intelligence which will serve him well into the long-term.
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We Need to Talk About the JCC Bomb Threats

March 1, 2017
This week marked the fifth round of bomb threats to hit Jewish Community Centers (J.C.C.s) across the United States and Canada. Sixteen centers, from Florida to Michigan, received threats. As the news was breaking, I watched a Facebook Live video of one of the centers in Florida being evacuated. I...
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Five Ways to Help Your Children Succeed in School and Life This Winter with #MomsReading

February 10, 2017
Welcome to another installment of #MomsReading! In this series, we discuss books and activities that parents and care providers can use to build a child’s social and emotional intelligence. The rest of the posts in the series can be found here . Social-emotional skills are the skills necessary to...
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5 Ways For Kids To Fight Injustice With #MomsReading

January 23, 2017
Welcome to our third post in our four part social justice series! In the age of toxic rhetoric dominating conversations in American politics, it is more important than ever to talk to our families about diversity, inclusion, and justice to help build a better future. Wondering how to get started?...
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5 Ways To Teach Kids About LGBTQ+ Equality With #MomsReading

January 16, 2017
Welcome to our second post in our four part social justice series! In the age of toxic rhetoric dominating conversations in American politics, it is more important than ever to talk to our families about diversity, inclusion, and equality to help build a better future. Wondering how to get started...
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5 Ways To Introduce Activism To Your Kids With #MomsReading

January 9, 2017
Our kids are listening. And with all of the toxic rhetoric that seemed to dominate the conversation in 2016 , it is more important than ever to talk to our families about diversity, inclusion, and activism to help build a better future going into 2017. Wondering how to get started? We’ve got you...
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Celebrate Holiday Traditions With #MomsReading

December 7, 2016
As the Holiday season approaches, it is the perfect time to explore other cultures and traditions with your child. How? We’ve got you covered! Below are some book suggestions and fun activities that will help strengthen your child’s social awareness skills. Social awareness is one of the five...
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Treat Your Kids This Halloween With Social Emotional Skills

October 26, 2016
Halloween is almost here! Your kids will be transforming into witches and warlocks and getting lots of tasty treats. Yet this spooky holiday is more than dressing up and eating handfuls of candy corn--your children will be interacting with their peers and others in your community. As the NBC...
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Five Ways to Help Your Children Succeed this Fall and Holiday Season!

October 20, 2016
Welcome to our second installment of #MomsReading! In this series, we discuss book suggestions and activities that parents and care providers can use to build a child’s social and emotional intelligence. The fall and start of winter can be an exciting time for families: a new school year, pumpkins...
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