As parents, most of us have some fallback phrases that are all-too-easy to throw out there without much thought — who hasn’t said “Because I said so”? Here are some easy ways to turn common phrases that parents say into language that respects kids as equal, intelligent beings. 1. “Do it right now” and “We’ll […]

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Here are a few things that parents can do to promote healthy interests, passion and engagement. 1. Let kids find their own passions. Expose them to many opportunities by doing, watching and reading. Visit libraries, museums and historical locations where they can learn about people who were creators, inventors, leaders and hard workers. 2. Introduce […]

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Most of the LEGO and similar building toys sold today are packaged in sets with themes such as Minecraft, Star Wars and Batman. These sets are designed with very clear directions for construction, so play becomes goal-oriented, with the intention to build the models as they appear on the box. While this type of play […]

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Most parents love the amazing creations kids build with LEGO, but we sometimes loathe the piles and stray bricks cluttering our living spaces. Here’s how to keep the lid on LEGO chaos and promote open-ended play with these classic toys. 1. Enlist your kids in the process. There’s nothing more frustrating than setting up a beautifully […]

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