Dice - the Ultimate Educational, Portable Entertainment for Kids!

Written by Lindsay Small

How do you keeprepparttar kids amused forrepparttar 141922 long summer holidays? What do you do whenrepparttar 141923 inevitable rainy day blues strike and everyone gets fractious and argumentative? And how do you cope when you are forced to playrepparttar 141924 waiting game … in doctors' surgeries, airports, or even long car journeys?

Getrepparttar 141925 dice out! Dice games arerepparttar 141926 ultimate in quick and easy entertainment, withrepparttar 141927 added advantages of being cheap, portable and educational too! You can start playing dice with children as young as 2 ½, as long as you are sure that they are pastrepparttar 141928 stage of putting things into their mouths. And you will find that all ages up to grandparents are happy to join in.

I offer below three particularly quick and easy games, all of which can be played with children from aboutrepparttar 141929 age of 4 up. All you need are pencil and paper and dice - a maximum of 7, which you can probably find in existing game boxes aroundrepparttar 141930 house.

Beat That! You will need between two to seven dice, depending onrepparttar 141931 age ofrepparttar 141932 players. Rollrepparttar 141933 dice and put them in order to makerepparttar 141934 highest number possible. If you roll a 4 and a 6, for example, your best answer would be 64. Using three dice, a roll of 3, 5 and 2 should give you 532, and so on. Write down your answer, passrepparttar 141935 dice, and challengerepparttar 141936 next player to "Beat That!" Play in rounds and assign a winner to each round. For a change, try makingrepparttar 141937 smallest number possible! This is a great game for reinforcingrepparttar 141938 concept of place value.

Behavioral Strategy: Avoid the Grey Areas and Deal Only with Black & White

Written by Dr. Charles Sophy

Oh Please, Don't Say Maybe!!!!

Are you often a participant in an unraveling parent-child interaction? Well you’re not alone. Interactions between parents and their children often transgress before our eyes.

All children's first years should be filled with verbal stimulation to build language and literacy skills. Each day should be full of discovery and offer opportunities to gain new skills and learn new concepts. Talking to your children openly and honestly and encouraging verbal interaction is a critical component of healthy and successful development. Sometimes, though, a parent-child interaction spins quickly out of control and leavesrepparttar parent wondering "What happened? I thought I had this under control?"

All too oftenrepparttar 141896 origin ofrepparttar 141897 conflict is established byrepparttar 141898 use of one simple word: "Maybe." This one uncomplicated morsel of verbiage hasrepparttar 141899 power to evoke quite a forceful reaction at times. “Why?” you may question. The answer is as absolute as your response should be to your child: You just don't userepparttar 141900 "maybe" word.

Raising a child is probablyrepparttar 141901 most gratifying job any of us will ever have -- and one ofrepparttar 141902 toughest. We live in an increasingly complex world that challenges us every day with a wide range of issues that are difficult for children to understand and for adults to explain. The issues are biggies: terrorism, war, AIDs, sex, death, and a host of other sensitive topics that just didn’t exist when we were growing up.

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