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Social & Emotional Development

Raising the Age of Juvenile Jurisdiction Will ‘Advance Justice, Strengthen Families’ in North Carolina

June 23, 2017
We commend North Carolina state legislators for raising the age of juvenile jurisdiction for misdemeanors and low-level felonies in the budget they passed yesterday. This puts an end to the days when 16- and 17-year-olds were automatically prosecuted as adults, even for the most minor offenses...
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Supporting Social and Emotional Learning in Faith Communities

June 7, 2017
Raising a child is no easy mission. Parenting is one of the most difficult, yet most rewarding tasks there is! While it’s important for parents to provide food, shelter and safety for their children, it’s also necessary for parents to focus on helping their children understand and express their...
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3 Reasons Why We Need More Dual Language Programs

May 30, 2017
*** Want more information on raising multilingual children? Visit MomsRising's bilingual parenting resource site: Before my oldest daughter was born, when I still had not decided on a name or the type of diapers I was going to use,...
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10 Ways to Keep Spanish Alive in our Home

May 26, 2017
image2.JPG The moment they brought my baby girl to my arms, the only words that came out of my mouth where in Spanish. Since I married an English speaker, and realized we would be raising our family in a small town in North GA, I felt fear that my children would not be able to communicate with my...
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Five Ways to Help Your Children Succeed in School and Life in Late Spring with #MomsReading!

May 25, 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 development. The rest of the posts in the series can be found here . Social-emotional skills support the success of...
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8 Free Online Language Learning Resources

May 24, 2017
*** Want more information on raising multilingual children? Visit MomsRising's bilingual parenting resource site: I remember the first day of 7th Grade when I walked into my Spanish 1 class. We were given new names (Bethany was now...
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A Bilingual Lifestyle Has Made Us a Better Family

May 16, 2017
Note: This is a guest post by Aileen Passariello-McAleer, co-founder of MamaLingua for The BilingualRisers campaign. I was raised in a Spanish-speaking household. Although I heard Spanish throughout my childhood, I rarely responded in Spanish. I didn’t know how important my language was to me until...
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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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