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Society pressures young girls to be passive and nice, which often causes a loss of assertiveness. Help your daughter to avoid "losing her voice" by providing a safe place to express herself and discuss issues. Get started with these tips from psychologists on +Fast Company. http://www.fastcompany.com/3041179/strong-female-lead/how-we-can-help-young-girls-stay-assertive?utm_source=huffingtonpost.com&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=pubexchange_facebook

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Studies reveal that parenting programs are less likely to provide benefits to families from ethnically diverse backgrounds. How can policymakers and educators create programs with cultural considerations in mind? Find out in this ++Child Trends report.
http://www.childtrends.org/?publications=culture-counts-engaging-black-and-latino-parents-of-young-children-in-family-support-programs-report

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Are you worried about your children's screen time? You should be! Most children spend an average of 92 hours a week staring at a screen. Improve brain activity and thinking skills by incorporating media literacy activities, like these 6 from +The Center for Parenting Education, at home. http://ow.ly/JBMep

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Ellen Sandseter, a professor of early-childhood education at Queen Maud University College in Trondheim, along with other parenting experts, tackle the topic of "the overprotected kid" and why a new kind of playground could help kids learn independence, safe risk taking and discovery, in a safe environment. More on +The Atlantic. http://ow.ly/JBM52

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Can children enhance speech recognition by learning a musical instrument? This study on +ScienceDaily says yes! Older adults who had musical training in their youth were 20% faster in identifying speech sounds than their non-musical peers. Learn how music can benefit your children for the rest of their lives. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/02/150202132611.htm

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Infants and toddlers in the U.S., 12 million in total, are the leading edge of demographic transformation, as they're the most diverse when it comes to race and ethnicity, country of origin, language and family type. See the statistical portrait of the youngest Americans in this report on +Child Trends. http://www.childtrends.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/MCCORMICK-FINAL.pdf

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Could you actually be doing more harm than good by forcing your children to read before they're ready? That's the debate surrounding the Common Core State Standards, which call for kindergartners to learn how to read. Early childhood experts suggest that kids learn better when experiencing playful, hands-on interaction and that there's no evidence that children must read in prekindergarten or kindergarten to become strong readers and achieve academic success. Read more in this report on the +Washington Post. http://ow.ly/JBKPo

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With St. Patrick's day coming up this Tuesday, there are tons of activities families can enjoy together to celebrate the day. Here are 7 from +FamilyEducation. http://fun.familyeducation.com/st-patricks-day-crafts-and-activities/74735.html?page=1

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Why do some people love what they do? Maybe it's because they're born succession planners. See exactly what this means and discover 9 other secrets that keep them looking forward to their work on +Psychology Today. https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/neuronarrative/201212/10-reasons-why-some-people-love-what-they-do
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