Why your child needs music education

educationIt’s not just about a recital, an adorable, proud bow to the audience, or roses thrown at his or her feet during an encore. Music education has a proven link to improving certain brain functions and skills. Want to increase your child’s abstract reasoning skills, verbal memory and math abilities all while listening to him or her learn to play “Twinkle Twinkle, Little Star?” Daily Mom has news that will be music to your ears!

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How to encourage developing fine motor skills

Maybe you’ve heard the term “fine motor skills.” Knee deep in breastfeeding and diapers, you probably didn’t have too much time to think about what they are and why they are important for your growing child. Fine motor skills are small muscle movements that usually, but not exclusively, involve the hands and eyes working in tandem to perform movements requiring precision. Discover fun and easy ways to encourage developing fine motor skills at home with Daily Mom!

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Channeling the Competitive Kid

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They have the “eye of the tiger,” as the song lyrics say. Your child was born a competitor who strives to be the best at all things at all times, and so help whoever or whatever gets in the way! These traits are strengths when channeled properly, but can pose challenges when your child is pushed, tested and possibly bested by a challenger. Help to direct this determination in positive ways. Whether the contest for your child is in classroom, in the dance studio, the Tae Kwan Do dojo, on the baseball the field, or in a chess match, learn how to channel your competitive kid!

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Creative Ways to Display Kids Artwork

It’s that time again! Back to school means back to routines and schedules. It also means your little artists will be bringing home drawings and paintings galore. Most kids love seeing their creations displayed throughout the house, but how can you do that without the artwork taking over every last inch of fridge and wall space? We’ve found a bunch of creative and cute ways to display your little one’s masterpieces!

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Homework Motivation

Ah, homework. It’s the bridge between home and school. Homework is a tool teachers use to reinforce what students learned during the day and to double check if a child is able to demonstrate an understanding of the skills learned in a lesson. As important as it is as an extension of the classroom, after a day of learning, playing and activity, it may be difficult to encourage your child to sit down and focus. How can you become the master of motivation? Do your homework, Mom!

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Back to School Shopping List

Shopping for school supplies can be a nightmare for parents. You try to plan your trip to Target around the tax-free holidays in your state and then prepare for a marathon of colored pencils, glue and pencil boxes. How do you stay organized? Do you just go in hoping for the best and make return trips if you forgot something? Or are you more meticulous, organizing your shopping list down to the very aisles you will find the school supplies on. Maybe you fall somewhere in the middle. Here at Daily Mom we strive to make things easier on all moms and have created a few basic back to school checklist for those of you who are sending your children off for the first day of school!

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First Day Of School: Moments To Capture

Whether your child is cautiously venturing into Kindergarten, or heading steadfast into middle school, the first day of school is an exciting time each year. In the midst of the chaos of getting her ready and out the door on time, it might be easy to forget to take a few moments to take it all in and really enjoy this monumental day with your child. The years go by so fast, and before you know it, your child will be heading off to college as you flip through the pages of her memory book. The following is a list of the most important moments to capture on camera on the first day of school each year, so you can look back on these days with a vivid memory as crisp as the photos themselves.

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Great Places To Find School Uniforms

Most private schools (and even many public schools nowadays) require children to wear school uniforms. In many cases, parents are required to purchase uniform items on their own terms that abide by the school’s dress code. However, in a sea of stylish children’s clothing, it isn’t always easy to find those simple, classic pieces. Here are a few places we recommend checking out for those staple items to add to your child’s school uniform wardrobe.

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Healthy and Simple After School Snacks

If you’re like most moms, as soon as your child comes through the door after school, you are waiting with baited breath to hear the phrase, “Mom! I’m hungry!”

You don’t want to give them a huge snack, since dinner will be on the table within the next few hours, and you’d like some easy snack ideas that are, most importantly, healthy! 

Here are our 4 favorite healthy and simple after school snack ideas. (3 of which don’t even require actual cooking!)

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