Monday, August 9, 2010

Parenting Tips for Raising an "Only" Child

Source:  MoreForKidsInfo

There are unique benefits and challenges to parenting an only child. While you have the ability to be more involved in your child's life if you only have one child, finding the right balance with your child can be tough. An only child has a personality all their own, and as a parent, you need to learn to work with your child's unique characteristics in a way that will help them develop into a successful and responsible adult. To help you better parent your only child, here is a look at some of the characteristics often found in the only child, as well as some effective parenting tips that you may find helpful.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Have a Conversation About School

Author: Emily Graham

Maybe your daughter says she hates social studies but won’t tell you why. Or your son, when asked what he learned at school, just says “Nothing.” Talking about school with your children shows them that you value education and keeps you aware of what’s going on in their lives, but what should you do when they don’t want to talk?

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Communicating With Kids

Author: Emily Graham

Communicating With Kids: Tips by Age Group

Playground disputes and disappointing grades—and learning to deal with them—are important parts of growing up. Before you intervene on your child’s behalf, think about what response is appropriate for his maturity level and developmental stage.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Better kindergarten teachers may mean earning more as adults

Author : David Leonhardt, The New York Times.

How much do your kindergarten teacher and classmates affect the rest of your life?

Economists have generally thought that the answer was not much. Great teachers and early childhood programs can have a big short-term effect. But the impact tends to fade. By junior high and high school, children who had excellent early schooling do little better on tests than similar children who did not -- which raises the demoralizing question of how much of a difference schools and teachers can make.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Encourage to live simply

Simple living, going green, and generally doing away with the unnecessary is gaining popularity :-)) And that's really cool.  I'am not definitely against it. 

But it’s all for naught if we don’t pass on a love of simplicity to the next generation – we depend on them to do a stellar job stewarding the earth’s resources.

While I were reading about lots of articles and forums regarding how to get rid of unnecessary toys and paring down kids’ schedules, I was astonished at all the research out there that indicates that children need lots of downtime, lots of freedom, and lots of room to use their imagination.

It’s hard to do that when we complicate their lives.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Education! Education!!

Its all about Education !!

The CA Teachers Association and PTA recently distributed a Public Service Announcement (PSA) titled "Your Child's Education Begins at Home."

Although it is to be assumed that those who are reading this article already know that education begins at home, the PSA contained some wisdom that bears repeating.

First, ask your children what they studied in class that day. (If you are homeschooling your children, omit this step, as they may think you are developing memory problems!)

Sunday, July 18, 2010


Community Summer camps

1) Sunnyvale community center has summer camps, lego camp being one of them. Some are full day, some are half day :

2)Santa Clara City too has these summer camps :