Parenting in the Age of Social Media

By Tracey Madden-Hennessey In a recent story in the Washington Post, writer Devorah Heitner, discussed how quickly news and images travel through the airways. Children, particularly those with cell phones, are likely to see news images that are “raw” and that “haven’t been edited, interpreted or contextualized.” She states, in a significant

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A Parent’s Influence On Their Child’s Developing Brain

By Michele Eathorne Brain development has been a hot topic in recent years within the field of early childhood development. Recently when I was reading the article "Building the Brain" by Katherine Stevens, I discovered new facts about babies' brain development that I wasn't aware of  21 years ago when my

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It’s Okay to Say No to Titi

By Sheryan Cancel As a young Puerto Rican girl I was always taught to greet family members and friends with a hug and a kiss on the cheek. Not only was this a greeting, but a sign of respect and affection. It was never taught to me that if I

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Talking to Teens About Healthy Relationships

By Janaina Bordignon As parents and caregivers, we often have to make choices on not only how, but also what to talk about with our teens. While some topics might feel too heavy, too soon, too uncomfortable, we do want to make sure that our loved ones are happy and

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Family Literacy Introduces Yoga Class for Students

by Shaunna Cullen YWCA New Britain’s Family Literacy program offers ESL and GED classes to mothers and provides engaging learning activities and childcare for their children.  But it is also so much more.  Barbara Heidenis, Coordinator for the Family Literacy program, said there was a focus group held last spring

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