What Horses Can Teach Kids

What Horses Can Teach Kids

Got a sweet-natured daughter who needs to find her own voice? Have a thoughtful son who isn't inclined toward team sports? Eager to teach your kids useful, real-world skills like empathy, responsibility, confidence, and leadership? Well folks, plop your child onto a horse and watch something truly magical unfold. After...
Digitally Distracted Parents are Endangering their Kids

Digitally Distracted Parents are Endangering their Kids

A growing number of kids around the world are being seriously injured or even dying, often within eyesight or earshot of their parents. The problem: mom are dad are too absorbed in their digital screens to notice. Talk about your ironies. At a time when so much of the adult...

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THE ARTS

Why Theatre is Great for Kids

It's a challenge all too familiar to parents. A child, usually though not always a son, who is quiet, socially withdrawn, more likely to follow than carve out his own path. Ironically, this is where the stage comes in and why theatre is great for kids. In Hollywood-speak, we might call...

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Albert Einstein maintained that a creative imagination was "more important than knowledge," and, alternatively, that "creativity is intelligence having fun." Perhaps nowhere is a...

Your Child's Brain on Music

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. Popular ideas, such as the “Mozart effect” – the idea that listening to...

7 Important Ways Theatre Helps Kids

Children are natural born actors. Watch them at play in the backyard, in their bedroom, or just about anywhere and you're apt to catch...

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Health & Happiness

A Time-Saving, Disaster-Averting Survival Guide to Kids' Summer Sports

Your child is ready to enter the adrenalin-pumping, life-affirming, character-building world of summertime youth sports. The benefits are, of course, endless. And let's be...

How Iceland Saved Its Youth

Over the past generation, Iceland underwent a remarkable transformation that saw its youth go from Europe's biggest consumers of drugs, alcohol, cigarettes to its...

Why Tech Leaders Don't Let Their Kids Use Tech

Parents who are struggling with how much digital screen time to allow their kids would be wise to consider that the titans of those...

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Hardly a day goes by that parents aren't reminded that their kids need to be up to speed with - if not downright excelling...

The Growing Link Between Teen Suicide and Smartphones

Since 2010 the number of teens (ages 13-18) who committed suicide increased a whopping 31%, and researchers are increasingly convinced that this increase is...

Summer Camp as Digital Detox?

By now you've likely heard that technology - especially the kind found in a smartphone - has been likened to 'digital heroin,' as addictive...

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Robbie Schaefer: What Makes Kids Tick

We're fortunate here at Kidzu to be good pals with Robbie Schaefer, creative polymath who knows a thing or two about what makes kids tick when it comes to music and the arts. Consider just a few of Robbie's recent or ongoing accomplishments: - Lead guitarist and singer for the folk...

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Gardening with Kids

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Rock Climbing for Kids: Reaching New Heights

Your daughter is struggling with her self-confidence; your son is trying to get into shape (or worried about his weight); your teen is stressing...

Sleep Deprivation in Kids and How to Avoid It

Kids are not getting enough sleep. That's the consensus of multiple research teams, who point out that this sleep deprivation is hurting kids academically,...

Don't Blame Extracurricular Activities for Bad Grades

Parents and school officials who keep kids out of extracurricular activities because of poor grades may be making the problem even worse. That's the consensus...

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Bullied Children More Likely to Bring Weapons to School

When adults feel that they or their loved ones are threatened, they often resort to buying a gun or applying for a permit to...

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We approach any talk of smart cars, delivery vans, and tractor trailers with, at best, idle curiosity. But what if the driverless vehicle in...

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Instilling Rather than Killing Creativity in Kids

In his wildly popular TED talk, "Do schools kill creativity," Sir Ken Robinson argues that the adult world needs to reimagine the educational process so...