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How we develop through play 1: The impact of play on personality development

August 31, 2015   0 Comments

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Every child will have fond memories of playing with friends and family. Memories from games and sports to playing tag and pretend. Playtime becomes a crucial part of any child’s day and can help the child with cognitive development. One key area in which playtime can impact the child’s development is in the child’s personality.
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How we develop through play part 2: The impact of play on learning

August 31, 2015   0 Comments

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Many can recollect the days of youth, when adults would initiate a game, but it quickly turned into reading flash cards – the classic bait and switch. Kids tend to sigh or become bored during the games that seem to be intellectual traps to help them learn. Yet, the freedom of play in general can
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Growing pains part 1: Water thicker than blood: Why children seem to bond more with friends

August 20, 2015   0 Comments

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For every Harry Potter there’s a Ron Weasley, for every Calvin, a Hobbes and for every Tom Sawyer a Huck Finn; held together by an inseparable bond that seems to withstand the tests of time. For some reason, many adolescents and teens today seem to have a stronger bond with best friends than with their
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Growing Pains Part 2: Spending time with children, teens

August 20, 2015   0 Comments

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Teenagers will began to lean on friends and slowly pull away from parents. It is the natural part of growing up. Children relish spending time with mom and dad — but down the line — dad’s jokes grow stale, mom’s warnings become hackneyed and teenagers need their space. The time spent between teens and parents
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Growing Pains Part 3: What drives children to run away

August 19, 2015   0 Comments

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The theme music starts up as the scene fades into focus. Unlike the normal everyday fashion, 7-year-old Billy is pouting on the porch with a suitcase. His dad walks up and asks what is wrong and Billy says that he wants to run away. After the commercial break, Billy gets up and leaves. A few
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Growing pains part 4: Kids day

August 19, 2015   0 Comments

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Judging when to give a child space and when to spend time with them is difficult for any parent. Giving too little freedom is suffocating and too much grants the child access to dangerous possibilities. Children also grow up and want to spend time with their own friends. For a family dealing with addiction, mental
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On top of the world!

August 18, 2015   0 Comments

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Imagine being a young adult at the peak of perceived invincibility. That 17 through early 20s stage when you feel like Jack in “Titanic,” “I’m on top of the world!” The era with road behind to show a few lessons learned; and the seemingly endless road ahead, full of possibilities. This is the age where
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Snapshot: Substance abuse and memory

August 18, 2015   0 Comments

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Walking through life, people choose to turn right or left. People choose what to eat drink and occasionally let others decide for them; but what makes a choice right or wrong? The choices an individual makes shape perceptions and a future he or she will live and hopefully thrive in. Too often, young adults are
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Not-so-smart smartphone addiction

August 13, 2015   0 Comments

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Smartphones do much more than just message and call as, new apps and internet access usher children through adolescence and into the world of social media. In 2012, the PEW Research Center found teenagers send up to 60 texts per day on average. Since then, the time teenagers spend on their smartphone devices has spiked
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Confidence: Do you have it?

August 13, 2015   0 Comments

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True story. Years ago, a guy was so extremely shy and confidence-starved, when his brother used to drag him to high school parties, he would pretend to be passed out drunk on the couch so he could avoid having to make mortifying small talk with anyone. The one person, a mild mannered girl, who caught
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We would like to thank all the wonderful staff at WRA for the great parent weekend. We enjoyed it and felt that we learned valuable insights on Positive Peer Culture and the values we must have and the importance of family commitment to each other...