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Middle Childhood Milestones: Kids Ages 9- 11

Age 9- 11 Developmental Milestones Your child’s growing independence from the family and interest in friends might be obvious by now. Healthy friendships are very important to your child’s development, but peer pressure can become strong during this time. Children who feel good about themselves are more able to resist negative peer pressure and make better choices for themselves. This is an important…
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How to Spark Your Child's Imagination

  How to Spark Your Child's Imagination Children are naturally inquisitive creatures who have a thirst for knowledge. They are always asking questions about how and why things happen. This is especially true when they are young. This is why it is so important to nurture a love of learning in them while they are still at that curious age. Children love going…
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Child Development 6-8 years of age

Developmental Milestones Middle childhood brings many changes in a child’s life. By this time, children can dress themselves, catch a ball more easily using only their hands, and tie their shoes. Having independence from family becomes more important now. Events such as starting school bring children this age into regular contact with the larger world. Friendships become more and more important. Physical, social,…
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Mama Getaway!

We all know that moms (and dads) can get burnt out quick! Taking a break is mandatory for your physical health, mental peace, and emotional refueling. Yet, this adventure is just for the ladies... sorry Dads- the next one is for you! The Concept: "Look to Your Childhood Dreams to Find Your Passion in Life!" -Fleacé Weaver, BlackGirlTravel.com Adventure Opportunity: BlackGirlTravel.com is a…
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Read UP: Author Spotlight, JD Spivey

Meet JD Spivey from Newport News, VA. He's a graduate of Howard University and Livingstone College and he aspires to be a best-selling Author, Screenwriter, Movie Director. He just released a children's book focused on teaching kids how to stand tall in their battles- peacefully. UPmag: What inspired you to write a children's book? JD: I had received news that another one of…
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Help Your Child Overcome Nightmares and Fears

Help Your Child Overcome Nightmares and Fears   Every child has fears about the dark and nighttime as well as nightmares. They happen from time to time as your child is growing up, and you need to know how to handle those situations. It's important that you instill the right confidence and beliefs in your children so that they can cope in the…
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Video: Brain Development

New scientific research shows that environmental influences can actually affect whether and how genes are expressed. Thus, the old ideas that genes are “set in stone” or that they alone determine development have been disproven. In fact, scientists have discovered that early experiences can determine how genes are turned on and off and even whether some are expressed at all. Therefore, the experiences…
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Read UP: Is it ADHD?

Deciding if a child has ADHD is a several step process. There is no single test to diagnose ADHD, and many other problems, like anxiety, depression, and certain types of learning disabilities, can have similar symptoms. The American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, Fifth edition (DSM-5) is used by mental health professionals to help diagnose ADHD. It was released in May 2013…
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