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D+D on PBS: Sharpening kids’ stress-relieving skills

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Our latest article for the PBS Parents website is all about the best ways to help stressed-out kids learn to relax.

It starts like this (but we bet you can’t even imagine how it ends!):

As much as we’d like to believe our kids’ lives should be full of nothing but giggles, rainbows and carefree tickle fights with talking, animated forest creatures, that isn’t how childhood actually works.

In real life, kids stress out just like we do. And there are a variety of factors that can get them frazzled – things like schoolwork, conflicts with friends, and difficulty dealing with big emotions.

So what do you do when your kids are so under it and exasperated that they just can’t even? There are lots of ways you can try to help them…and the ones that work best might just surprise you!

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How ‘Draw Something’ taught our child to read

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Plopping our kids down in front of a TV, computer or phone screen isn’t exactly our favorite thing to do. After all, too much screen time can slow language development, impede academic achievement and contribute to obesity.

But our family has found that, given the right amount of parental supervision (and a little luck too), kids’ screen experiences can be fun, helpful, or educational…

…sometimes in ways you’d never expect!

Case in point:

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What are some good brain-boosting indoor activities for kids?

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Today’s question is one we’ve all probably thought about a lot. (Or at least a little, like whenever the cable goes out.)

What are some good indoor activities for kids that can boost my little one’s brainpower more than just watching TV?
– Elyssa

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Kids’ art: our latest excuse to talk about butts and farts

You don’t have to be the Princess of Pretentionland to appreciate the fine arts. But it doesn’t hurt, either.
You don’t have to be the Princess of Pretentionland to appreciate the fine arts. But it doesn’t hurt, either.

Like looking at art, but don’t like feeling pressured to come up with a bunch of insightfully pretentious stuff to say about it?

Just do what the Doctor and the Dad did this week – skip the museum and go check out an art show at your child’s preschool instead!

When your kids work on art projects, they can boost their creativity and develop fine motor skills. And when you view works of art created exclusively by tiny children, you won’t be expected to say one intelligent word about negative space, the avant-garde or “what the artist was trying to say.”

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