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professional at not yelling at kids

5 ways to stop yelling at your kids, according to a true professional

professional at not yelling at kids

Our daughter’s first grade teacher has a superpower.

Well, he probably has more than one, since he manages to care for, keep track of and somehow even teach over 20 six-year-olds all at once.

But the particular superpower we’re talking about is his ability to never, ever, like-seriously-not-ever yell at the kids. And yes, we absolutely consider this a superpower, since we only have three kids, yet find ourselves yelling at them all the time.

So to give our voices (and our kids’ ears) a break, we decided to ask this soft-spoken superhero for some pointers that we – and you – could use at home.

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Ask D+D: Why doesn’t my three-year-old recognize letters yet?

parent and child reading letters

Today’s “Ask the Doctor + the Dad” question comes from a parent with big concerns about her little kiddo:

At age 3, is it concerning when a child can’t recognize letters? My son’s preschool teacher mentioned that other kids in the class already know them. I have an older child, but I can’t remember when she started recognizing letters.
– Jenn

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D+D on PBS: Guided Play Maximizes Kids’ Learning AND Fun

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School’s out for the summer! But that doesn’t mean your kids have to take a vacation from learning.

Our latest article on the PBS Parents website shows parents a really easy way to help their kids keep on learning all summer long – simply by playing!

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D+D on PBS: Making Patterns Count

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In the Doctor and the Dad’s newest article on the PBS Parents website, we show you:

a cool way to play, talk and learn with your child

Then we show you:

a cool way to play, talk and learn with your child

After that, we show you:

a cool way to play, talk and learn with your child

And finally, we show you:

a cool way to play, talk and learn with your child

Notice a pattern here?

You ought to, because the article is all about patterns – and how they can help your preschool or early elementary school student start building some serious math skills!

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learning styles are as crazy as nic cage

Learning styles: fact or fiction?

What if we told you there was a secret code you could crack that would instantly improve your child’s learning skills?

You’d be pretty interested, right?

Then what if we told you there was a 200-year-old treasure map hidden on the back of the Declaration of Independence, and that we had a foolproof plan to steal it and unravel all of our founding fathers’ greatest mysteries, and that we were Nicolas Cage?

learning styles are as crazy as nic cage

Clearly you would tell us we were crazy.

Well the truth is, we’d be crazy no matter which fantastical story we told you.

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Why your kid should be a teacher (today!)

teachersarelearners1We’re constantly teaching our children new things, aren’t we?

We teach them the alphabet, the correct way to pet the cat, how to drive a car (gulp!), which sports teams to love and hate, how to replace the empty toilet paper roll for once in their frickin’ lives, and countless other bits of information that are vital to their – and your – survival.

And we usually do all these things in a really straightforward way:
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Creative ways to communicate with kids

Communicating with your kids is super important. But it doesn’t always come easily. Check out this creative strategy one dad is taking to try to get through to his kids:

According to writer/director/leading dad Will Reid, this will be the “first in a series of instructional videos” for his kids.

That’s right.

Dude was so sick of his teenagers not listening to a single word he said, he had to post a freaking YouTube video just to get their attention.1

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  1. We noticed that this video also reveals where Will’s family weighs in on the Great Toilet Paper Debate, for those of you who are still keeping score. []

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