Category Archives: ACA Blog


Technology For Tots: A No-No Or A Necessity?


Do you remember when adults were the only ones sporting cell phones? Teenagers soon keyed in on the advantages and spent entire allowances for the chance to text under the desk. Soon middle school latchkey kids were seen carrying phones so they could keep in touch with their worried parents. Today, there are dozens of […]

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5 Parenting Mistakes You Didn’t Even Know You Were Making


Consider Generation Y: The Millennials, children born between 1980 and 2000 and raised in a family-centered, highly educated society during a period of great affluence. With so much attention on raising happy, well-adjusted kids, one would think that the decisive manual on parenting would finally have been written, the one we all wished we had […]

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Discipline Is Not A Dirty Word


Discipline has got a bad rap. Just the mention of the word evokes the image of a screaming parent seizing a child by the scruff or swatting his behind—a cringe-inducing moment we’ve all witnessed in grocery stores nationwide. Nobody wants to be the parent who resorts to yelling and physical restraint. At the same time, […]

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Is Your Child Getting Enough Playtime?


If you are living the typical life of a young American family, then your kitchen calendar is the size of a serving tray and it’s currently bleeding six different colors of ink in order to keep track of everyone’s schedules. From t-ball to soccer practice, music lessons to doctor’s appointments, school events to swimming meets, […]

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7 Life Lessons Kids Should Learn On Their Own


Parenting happens in discrete, unpredictable, and often terrifying moments, like when you see your son stand up in the playground to face another boy in a heated dispute. What do you do? Do you intervene ahead of the first punch? Or do you act like your own parents probably did, and let them fight it […]

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5 Fun Ways to Connect with Your Toddler


“Spend time with them now, because they grow so fast!” Parents hear this and see it splashed all over Facebook and other social media sites. Some parents promise themselves time with their children when all the dishes are put away and the ironing is done. They may decide to wait to play until after they’ve […]

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The Science of Raising Smart Kids


Genetics play a role in a child’s intelligence, but external factors also influence their mental development. The early years of a child’s growth, from birth to age four, are when their brain starts to create a firm foundation for learning in later life. A parent can help their child’s brain expand during those formative years […]

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Fostering an Independent Mindset for Your Child


As educators, we have seen a variety of different parents. There are the helicopter parents, who hover overhead, leaving no breathing room for their children and there are the parents who are absent from their child’s life. Neither option is healthy for the development of the child. Rather, fostering an independent mindset and beginning to […]

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Is Your Child’s Sleep Schedule Affecting School Performance?


Problems with getting a child to go to sleep at night can result in issues with school performance. Grades slip, homework does not get finished, and you and your child both end up a cranky mess. Sleep is more than restorative, and the ability to problem solve may occur during restful sleep, experts say. In […]

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10 Ways to Engage Spirited Kids


Spirited children are those who are high energy, a little more intense, sensitive, perceptive and temperamental than their peers. They require a little more attention and thoughtful activities to keep them focused. You probably already have plenty of experience handling your child, but anyone can use suggestions for activities to keep them engaged. Read on […]

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