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November 24, 2018

The Week in Early Learning

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This week’s best articles about early learning from around the web – November 24, 2018 edition.

It’s hard to stay in the loop of what’s going on in the world of early learning. But we’ve got you covered!

Each week we will comb through the web and find the most interesting early childhood reads.

Why Kids Like ‘Parenting’ Their Toys

Do you remember playing with your own little toy baby or a Tamagotchi? Ashley Fetters explores why children are drawn to play that involves care taking and empathy in this article for The Atlantic.

How to Foster Little Moments of Gratitude with Your Kids

Is gratitude something we feel naturally or is it something we learn? A research study explored the ways parents can influence how children learn and express gratitude. In this article, Maryam Abdullah shares what the experts learned and how parents can do it at home too.

How to Talk to Kids about Art

Bob and Roberta Smith, Art Makes Children Powerful, 2013. Via

You’ve heard about the many benefits making art can have in the life of a child. But how do you talk about it? And do you need to be an artist or an expert to share these benefits with your little one? has tips and ideas for parents and teachers.

Move over, peanuts: Milk allergy more common in kids, study says

Milk allergy is different from lactose intolerance or other milk sensitivities, which generally cause gas, bloating and other gastrointestinal issues. The researchers were looking for symptoms of an immunoglobulin E-mediated allergy, such as hives, throat tightening and trouble breathing, which come on quickly after exposure to the allergen, in this case, milk.

Improv Parenting takes center stage with upbeat, resilient message

Minneapolis mom Keren Gudeman walked into her first improv class looking for a new hobby. What she found instead was the inspiration for a new parenting philosophy — one that emphasizes what moms and dad aspire to be: flexible, positive and present in their kids’ lives.

Timeouts are a dated and ineffective parenting strategy. So what’s a good alternative?

Experts argue that timeouts are emotionally harmful to children. This Washington post article reviews what the experts are saying and how parents can teach their children about good behavior without resorting to punishment.

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