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Fifteen Ways to Show Kindness

Eliza Clark - Learning » Social and Emotional

Parents often urge their kids to "be nice" or "be kind" to others.  And young children frequently display spontaneous thoughtfulness and empathy.But general tendencies and general exhortations are just too...general.Young children learn best when given ...
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Why Kindness Matters, In the Classroom and Beyond

Eliza Clark - Learning » Social and Emotional

Parents who send their kids off to preschool and kindergarten often hear surprising things when they come home. For starters, kids are acquiring a whole new "lingo," phrases and sayings that help create a set of shared behaviors and customs in the classro...
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Fall Family Hiking

Eliza Clark - Seasons and Celebrations » Loving Autumn

Last year, on Columbus Day weekend, a motley group of our extended family gathered an hour north of the city, on a steep bank above the Hudson River. We were going for a hike. Our crew included four adults and five children in the six- to eleven-year-ol...
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The Pros and Cons of Organized Sports

Eliza Clark - Play Time

Let’s start with a little compare and contrast.Last fall, we signed my seven-year-old up for a parent-run soccer league. She was working on soccer skills in her gym class at school, and we imagined that she would enjoy a bit of real ...
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