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Meaningful Play Makes for Successful Learning

It’s certainly no surprise that children like to play. They jump, they color, they make-believe, they story-tell, and while it may seem like all fun and games (which it is), play is also an important vehicle for learning. It’s so important in fact that one area school has incorporated play-based learning into their curriculum and educational offerings. Just this year, Wake County Public School System introduced its first Play and Ingenuity magnet theme at Powell Magnet Elementary School. ...

Not Raising A Jerk

A few days ago between making breakfasts and packing lunches I turned on the TV and heard the anchors mention an upcoming story "How Not to Raise a Jerk." My interest was peaked. First, why in the world would it be necessary to describe ones' own children as a jerk. But also, yet another reference to how good parenting is becoming catch phrases.  Is it really possible that all kids need from their parents can fit into a 90 second spot on the morning news. Despite my skepticism, the headline ...

WIN TICKETS: Sesame Street Live: Let’s Dance!

Triangle Mom 2 Mom is offering one lucky reader a chance to win a family four pack of tickets for Sesame Street Live: Let's Dance! on June 4th. Winning is easy and fun, just click on the image below and enter. Show details:  June 4th at 10:30 a.m. PNC Arena Prize includes: Four (4) suite tickets, a VIP parking pass, food and drinks will be provided. ENTER HERE 

Family Picks: Gustafer Yellowgold returns to Carrboro ArtsCenter

By Corbie Hill, Correspondent My kids are learning to ride their bikes. It’s been a long process and I don’t promise results, but it’s been fun. This weekend we’ll work on that ... and who knows what else? There are many options, after all. ▪ We have Japanese film studio Toho to thank for Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah, but also for the tusked, flying turtle monster Gamera. Friday evening, as part of its excellent First Friday B-movie series, the North ...

Five

This week my  baby turned five. Five. He is not a baby any more. He is a rambunctious boy with a big imagination and a big heart. His dad is his best friend  and he is going to be a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle when he grows up. He is going to have 16 kids because kids are so fun. And, he may also be a Master Builder (like in the Lego Movie). Five is imaginative. Five is also very grown up. He can write his name, and doesn't need help to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night. ...

Family Picks: A great weekend to peek at some leaves at local parks

BY CORBIE HILL | Correspondent Happy Halloween! Or, you know, happy last weekend in October. Even for those who go all out for the spookiest of holidays, there’s a limit to how much costumes-and-candy mayhem you can handle in one weekend. So here are some non-Halloween alternatives for this weekend – they’re out there! ▪ Yates Mill County Park in Raleigh holds Pumpkinpalooza from 10-11 a.m. Saturday. Kids get to paint pumpkins to take home, learn about gourds and go on a pumpkin ...

Family Meals Matter: Enjoy whole grain and other pastas during National Pasta month

HealthyEating.org The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends making half of your grains whole and a little bit of label reading can result in a whole lot of flavor. Since October is Pasta Month, it should come as no surprise that whole grains are on the minds of registered dietitian nutritionists everywhere. For example, a recent story in U.S. News &World Report http://bit.ly/1Gsnvoh recommends exploring the pasta spectrum, from buckwheat to brown rice and beyond. Be sure to read ...

Foster Students’ Path to College

Mia Powell is one of thousands of students who recently headed back to the classroom in Wake County. But, just a few years ago, graduating from Southeast Raleigh High School and going to college seemed like a pipe dream for this 18 year old. “I am really enjoying my time at Wake Tech,” said Powell. “I absolutely did not believe I would be where I am today three years ago.” Her life looked a lot different in 2012 when she entered Wake County’s Foster Care Program. She didn’t ...

Set example for kids: Save yourself from device addiction

BY CAROLINE KNORR | Common Sense Media Facebook addiction. Constant texting. Sneaking Candy Crush. Oversharing. No, it's not your kids - it's YOU. When it comes to managing your kids' screen time, there's no shortage of ideas for setting limits. But what about your needs? Recent studies (and digital detox stories) on parents' screen habits point to device-distracted moms and dads as a growing problem for kids. It's enough to make you want to maybe-just-maybe turn off your phone and shut ...

Ask Mr. Dad: Preparing Rover to be a good dog with baby

 By ARMIN BROTT | Tribune News Service Dear Mr. Dad: I'm pregnant with our first child and I'm due in about four months. One of the things I'm worried about is our dog, a 150-pound male mastiff, who is truly a part of our family and not just a pet. Some friends of ours say that it's dangerous to have a giant dog around a newborn and that we should start looking for a new home for him. Is it? And is there some way to prepare our dog and keep our baby safe? A: There's no way to ...