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Back-to-School Style: Fun Accessories Kids Can Make Themselves

Help your favorite students make a fashionable first impression. These back-to-school DIY style projects are fun to make and even more fun to rock on the first day of class.<p>Any trendy preteen knows that back-to-school shopping isn't just about notebooks and pens. The first day of school is a fresh …

Kids And Screen Time: What Does The Research Say?

Kids are spending more time than ever in front of screens, and it may be inhibiting their ability to recognize emotions, according to new research out of the University of California, Los Angeles.<p>The study, published in the journal <i>Computers in Human Behavior</i>, found that sixth-graders who went five …

Kids' Study Spaces

As children begin the new school year, they do so with a sense of excitement, anticipation, and a little angst. You can help ease the transition and encourage the achievement of academic goals by creating a back-to-school workstation filled with all the essentials your child will need to …

Why Do Kids' Books Matter? Here, Look

A New York Public Library exhibit tackles the historical, social, and artistic importance of reading materials meant for children over the centuries.<p>The New York Public Library<p>A good children's book is a young person's earliest exposure to art and design, a conduit for parental bonding, a means to …

Why You Should Get Your Kids Outside

"For a new generation, nature is more abstraction than reality."<p>- Richard Louv, <i>Last Child in the Woods</i><p>What are you doing with your kids this Labor Day weekend? How about taking a family camping trip? Or going to the beach? Or packing a picnic for the park?<p>The benefits of getting children out into …

Parenting

How Finland Keeps Kids Focused Through Free Play

An American teacher in Helsinki questioned the national practice of giving 15 minute breaks each hour—until he saw the difference it made in his classroom.<p>Like a zombie, Sami—one of my fifth graders—lumbered over to me and hissed, “I think I’m going to explode! I’m not used to this schedule.” And I …

Giving Kids Bikes Can Reduce Drop-Out Rates

A hipster-esque solution to a tough problem in India proves surprisingly effective.<p>In countries where not enough girls are going to school, NGOs and policymakers have tried everything: giving people money as an inducement, building more schools, trying to make sure kids are safer as they walk to …

25 Ways to Ask Your Kids 'So How Was School Today?' Without Asking Them 'So How Was School Today?'

This year, Simon is in fourth grade and Grace is in first grade, and I find myself asking them every day after school, "So how was school today?"<p>And every day I get an answer like "fine" or "good," which doesn't tell me a whole lot.<p>AND I WANT TO KNOW A WHOLE LOT!!!!<p>Or at least get a full sentence. …

Parenting

Raise a Kid Who Won't Give Up

The real secret to success is not getting frustrated when things seem tough. These ideas will inspire your child to try, try again.<p>"You can do it!" "Don't give up!" "Keep going!"<p>What parent hasn't shouted these time-tested words of encouragement as her child tries to take his first steps, learn to …

Motivation

Getting Kids to Eat Vegetables Through Inaction

The "eat your spinach, it'll make you strong" argument is no good, a new study says.<p>There are some feuds that it seems no amount of understanding can soothe. Capulets and Montagues. Yankees and Red Sox. Hatfields and McCoys. Kids and vegetables. Those outside the feud shake their heads in …

Kids Originals

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Photo Tips and Tricks

Color or black and white? Artsy or newsy? Doesn't matter: We love photography—and so do you! That's why all of our great photo stuff is now in one easy-to-find place.<p>Whether you're looking for videos, lighting tips, settings help, expert advice, or photos by kids like you, we've got what you need …

The New School: 10 Great Books & Movies About Being the New Kid

Ah, Fall. The turning leaves, the invigorating crispness in the air, the brand-new plastic folders for science, English, and math. For students of …

IKEA "KURA" - The World's Most Versatile Toddler Bed

Looking for a toddler bed that will grow with your child? Meet the KURA.<p>This budget-friendly bed may not be much to look at, but IKEA’s humble, …

IKEA

A Kid and a Kitten Chase a Laser Pointer Together and It's the Best

This video shows us that kittens and kids can be entertained by similar toys. It takes a lot to keep up with their energy swings but Abbadontaud …

6 educational apps for kids worth every penny

MARKETWATCH FRONT PAGE<p>There are plenty of apps for all kinds of devices that don’t offer pricey in-app purchases and can enrich your kids See full …

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