What is Bullying? Meanie vs. Bully

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When someone calls your kid stupid, it IS NOT BULLYING. Everywhere you turn these days you hear about bullying. And it's coming out of the mouths of kids and parents way more than it should. You and I and they are labeling all mean actions bullying. But what is bullying? It's not meanness. Not unless it's a repeated mean action every day for a period of time, it's NOT … [Read more...]

How to Stop Bullying

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Bullying awareness campaigns are not enough. We need to know what to DO if our child is being bullied believes Jarrett Arthur, Krav Maga black belt and self-defense educator. We need to know how to stop the bullying. We already know that being mean isn't the same as being a bully. And can we just get real right now? Walking away does not work. Come on. You and I both know … [Read more...]

Gravity Maze: a Marble Logic Game

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We love Gravity Maze, a new 2014 brain game for kids from Think Fun, because it gets kids using logic and visual-spatial skills. The goal of Gravity Maze is to figure out how to build a working marble run using the colored translucent plastic towers and a starting grid challenge. It's meant for one person, or one person with a friend to help. Gravity Maze Logic Game for … [Read more...]

Best New Books: Chapter Books Fall 2014

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I am addicted to finding you the best new books. (Although I do need to branch out from fantasy a bit more.) My favorite books from this list are Nightmares!, Animas, and Eye of the Minds. See what you think your children would want to read. Best New Books: Chapter Books Fall 2014 Nightmares! by Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller, illustrated by Karl Kwasny (8 - 12 years old) … [Read more...]

Robot Face Race for Family Game Night

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Robot Face Race is one of the best family game night games --it's a game that my kids and I absolutely love! It's a learning game with emphasis on concentration, visual perception, and discrimination skills for 2 - 4 players, ages four and up. The game board shows 120 unique robot heads. Each person gets 5 tokens of one color. Be the first person to see a matching robot and … [Read more...]

Minecraft Books

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Believe it or not, games like Minecraft motivate kids to read. To learn to play the game, they're reading Minecraft forums and books. And, there are new fiction books about Minecraft adventures that kids are reading as well. In a recent WIRED article, Clive Thompson explains, "Minecraft is surrounded by a culture of literacy. The game comes with minimal instructions or … [Read more...]

Books Like the Hunger Games

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It's been several years since the popularity of the books but I thought you might be needing some good books like the Hunger Games to keep you in a dystopian fix. What do you think? Books Like Hunger Games Bot Wars by J.V. Kade Trout's looking for his dad. He makes a plea for his missing dad on a vid that goes viral, things go crazy FAST. Like the government trying to … [Read more...]

New Meaningful Picture Books

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Good picture books make you think deep thoughts, sigh with awe, and discover meaningful lessons. As I previewed the latest picture books, I wanted to review picture books that meant something. See if you agree. Happy reading! Quest by Aaron Becker Quest is an enchanting and imaginative picture book written only in pictures that will transport you to a magical world. … [Read more...]