Speech Buddies Parents’ Corner – The Top 10 Games For You and Your Family

Parents' Corner


10 Best Family Games

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Do you have a scheduled family game night once a week to help keep balance in your busy schedule? Maybe you sometimes simply find yourselves all home together at the same time, looking for easy, inexpensive, and fun games for families. Whether you prefer board games or those that get you moving, try some from this list of the 10 Best Family Games.   Continue reading

10 Reasons Why Your Family Needs Technology

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Family Needs Technology

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There is a lot of talk about limiting children’s screen time and the dangers of too much technology. However, did you ever stop to think about how much your family needs technology? Sure, some of it is out of pure convenience, but there are many reasons why incorporating those gadgets and learning some new technology skills can greatly benefit you and your kids. Here are just 10 reasons to get you started thinking about the technology in your life. Continue reading

Speech Buddies Parents’ Corner – 5 Twists on Traditional Family Meals

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Creating traditions with your kids is one of the most rewarding parts of parenting, and family meals are the perfect place to start. Even though modern family lives seem to be crowded and kids overscheduled, there are 5 fun twists you can try with your family meals that will create new traditions and build stronger families. Family meals can even help your kids thrive during the school day – studies show that when kids eat with their families more than 3 nights each week, only 9% of them get Cs or lower on their report cards, while 20% of those kids who get family meals less than that get Cs or lower for grades. So whether you’re trying to help your academically challenged child or just ease the family’s chaotic schedule, try these 5 ideas. Continue reading

Speech Buddies Parents’ Corner – Are Your Kids Overscheduled?

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Are Your Kids Overscheduled?

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Are you dizzy from all of the driving, chaperoning, and snack providing you’ve been doing for your child’s activities? Do you ask yourself as you drag yourself into bed each night: Are my kids overscheduled?  You’re not alone in your concerns. Diane Ehrensaft, Ph.D., from The Wright Institute in Berkeley, CA, reports that:

Middle-class children in America are so overscheduled that they have almost no ‘nothing time’…Creativity is making something out of nothing and it takes time for that to happen. In our efforts to produce Renaissance children who are competitive in all areas, we squelch creativity.

It’s time to take back a bit of parental sanity and give kids nothing – nothing time, that is. Try these methods for getting the balance back into your family and building strong, capable, creative, and less-stressed kids. Continue reading