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Praising children: ‘To praise’ or ‘not to praise’ is not the right question || Elogiar a los niños: ‘Elogiar’ o ‘no elogiar’ no es la pregunta correcta.

As a reader of this blog, you are likely aware that we are big believers in praising children, especially when using labelled praises. You might be less aware that experts have debated the effects that praise may have on children for decades. Research shows that praise positively affects children, including improving behaviour, motivation, and academic…

Playing with Puzzles || Jugando con rompecabezas

Puzzles are a new obsession in our household; we now have a whole collection of toddler- and preschool-age-appropriate puzzles (and nowhere to store them). Puzzles are a great way to keep your child occupied and give them a sense of accomplishment once they get the hang of the process of completing a puzzle. Scientific research…

Sound sensitivity in children || Sensibilidad al ruido en los niños.

Sound sensitivity refers to a decrease in sound tolerance to normal environmental sounds (e.g., vacuuming, blending, coffee machine, hand dryers). While sound sensitivity in adults, also known as hyperacusis, is rare, you may need to see a health professional for treatment. It is not uncommon for young children to react to loud noises (e.g., crying,…

Building block play || Juego con bloques de construcción

Playing with building blocks has many benefits, including improving abstract thought, symbolic representation, understanding of rules, and spatial awareness (1, 2). Building block play also requires gross and fine motor skills (involves coordination of large and small body movements) and is a fun activity for children, especially if their parents play with them. It is…

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