Category Archives: ACA Blog


4 Early Warning Signs Of Reading Difficulties


No one knows and understands their children better than the parents who love them. You feed them, bathe them, and read to them from a very young age in the hopes of developing their minds as well as their bodies. That’s why there’s no better monitor of a child’s strengths and weaknesses than a parent. […]

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Manners Matter: Etiquette For Preschoolers


While you’re watching your toddler poke a chubby finger up her own nose as she pushes another toddler out of the sandbox, teaching social graces may be the last thing on your mind. But manners, according to Emily Post, are nothing more than “a sensitive awareness of the feelings of others.” Teaching a child to […]

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Hating Math Is Not An Option: How To Raise Math Savvy Children


Every parent has heard the news: The tech boom of the last two decades has produced industries hungry for employees with strong math and science skills. And yet, while standardized math scores for U.S. students are higher than they were decades ago, they’re still lagging behind nearly three dozen countries in international rankings. Uncle Sam […]

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5 Strategies For Tackling The Terrible Twos


If you’re a new parent of a growing toddler, you may wonder what happened to your cherubic child. One day she’s looking up at you adoringly, following you everywhere, and doing exactly what you ask . . . and then, suddenly, she turns into a red-cheeked, screaming bundle of fighting defiance. Congratulations, you’re now experiencing […]

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Handling Childhood Horrors: Nightmares, Night Terrors, And Sleepwalking


A long, uninterrupted sleep is vital for both children and parents, yet when kids are young it is one of the rarest of gifts. Every parent learns the tricks to lull babies into sleep. Some use white noise machines, others electronic rockers, and many salt the crib with pacifiers. As those babies become toddlers, parents […]

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Who Wouldn’t Want A Rainbow Unicorn For An Imaginary Friend?


When your child first introduces her imaginary friend, the horror movie aficionado within you may feel an eerie tingling. After all, innocent children with creepy invisible companions are a staple of scream cinema. As a parent, however, your concerns will soon turn to wondering why your child has glommed onto this curious, rainbow-unicorn alter-ego with […]

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Is WiFi making your child ill?


When a twelve-year-old in a Southborough, Massachusetts, boarding school began to experience rashes, headaches, nausea, nosebleeds, heart palpitations, and other odd symptoms, naturally his parents sought medical help. Their doctor, Dr. Jeanne Hubbuch, diagnosed him with Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity Syndrome (EHS), a condition based on the concept that some individuals have a particularly heightened sensitivity to […]

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Caring For Your Child’s 100-Watt Smile Starts Earlier Than You’d Think


Trying to get your toddler, preschooler, or even early grade-school child to brush her teeth can sometimes seem as difficult as forcing a cat to eat a vitamin. You’re already dealing with potty training, tantrums, whining, teaching them to tie shoes, button buttons and put their toys away, so sometimes it’s easier to choose your […]

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4 Sure-Fire Ways To Raise An Independent Child


If you’re like most parents of young children, your schedule is jam-packed from the moment you wake up until the moment you fall into bed. Between work, taking care of the home, and taking care of the children, you may feel overwhelmed. Sometimes it’s just easier to finish the tasks that you normally expect your […]

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5 Strategies To Ensure Sweet Slumber


Every new mother braces herself for the sleepless, glazed-eyed days taking care of a newborn, but what happens when your toddler continues to wake up several times a night or your preschooler simply refuses to go to bed? How many years can you get away with arriving at work feeling and looking like a zombie? […]

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