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Let's dive into youth mentorship. What does it actually do to help our youth?

It helps them find more self-confidence, self esteem, and are able to create big goals for themselves. Additionally, studies show that behavior, attitudes, and relationships improve when a youth has a mentor. Mentors help children grow and close the social and/or economic opportunity.

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We really had fantastic show about mentorship this week and hope that you had some takeaways. Please read below and follow a few of the types of mentors that one should be interested in reviewing. Keep in mind mentors are great for kids, parents, individuals and seniors!

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It is no secret that Pretend Play forms an essential part of a child’s development. Children learn by observing, imagining and doing. We often think of “play time” as a time reserved for running around the playground and letting off steam between lessons, or for sitting down quietly with a few good toys to tinker with. These forms of play are important in themselves, but they are not the only forms of play. Learning through play is now widely recognised by practitioners as an essential method of learning and development for young children, and a number of theorists and researchers have identified the values of pretend or imaginative play as a vital contributor to the normal development of a child. 

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Role playing is a great way to work out situations with children. As mentioned on MyKingstonKids Radio with our guest host, Corin and Judson from Wayfinder imagination is a critical component to child development and effective social skill building.

It’s one thing for kids to hear parents give them instructions on how to do things differently, but to be most effective, they need an opportunity to practice. Role playing provides them with an opportunity to practice new behaviour in a safe environment. You can offer feedback and coaching by creating role playing opportunities.

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Bullying is a very important subject to all of us here at MyKingtsonKids, which is why we chose this topic to cover. Keep in mind that we will revisit it multiple times throughout the upcoming months. As mentioned on MyKingstonKids radio here is some great info that can help you understand and breakdown the facts about bullying. Please let us know your thoughts on our facebook page.

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Reading should be fun. As mentioned on our radio show there are a few ways to keep the chidren engaged in reading activities. We hope that these help you and get your young ones on the right track. Let us know how it works out on our facebook page @mykingstonkids.

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Here are our top six ways to encourage kids to love music: 

1. Listen

We have more access to music than ever before. When it comes to listening to music with your kids, I recommend listening to music you love and trying to expand your musical tastes—both for the benefit of your kids and for yourself. 

Children are born without a musical bias. If they love a song, it’s because they love a song. Their taste in music is pure and untainted by what other people and the media tell them they should like.

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Ultimately, the instrument you and your child choose should depend on a number of factors. Here's a list of questions to consider before bringing home a new music maker:


• Is your child excited about the instrument? Does she like the way it sounds and feels? Some music schools offer a "petting zoo" that introduces kids to multiple instruments.

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As we mentioned on MyKingstonKids Radio learning to play an instrument can help your child fine-tune his/her ear and enhance skills needed for education and social interaction.

Between basketball, soccer and scouts, your school-age kid's schedule is loaded with fun activities. If you're on the fence about adding music classes to the list, take note of the benefits that come with signing your little one up for violin or piano lessons. They may have an easier time learning math, practicing good manners (including patience!), and becoming a team player.

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Video game addiction obviously does not have the same impact on everyone who experiences it. In general though, the problems associated with unhealthy video game habits can be classified according to the five following categories:

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More parents are searching for information of any kind as they helplessly watch their sons and daughters become highly absorbed in the world of computers, tablets and Smartphones. Children hooked on to video games show clear signs of addiction resorting to tricks such as lying or hiding to play these games. Many show signs of social withdrawal, lack of interest in hobbies and activities, disobedience and even anger. Several video game addicts actually view the games as a means of

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A pet is a domesticated animal that lives with people, but is not forced to work and is not eaten, in most instances. In most cases, a pet is kept to entertain people or for companionship. Some pets such as dogs and cats are placed in an animal shelter if there is no one willing to take care of it. If no one adopts it or the pet is too old/sick, the pet may be killed.

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Many of us have fond memories of growing up with the family cat or dog. As it turns out, 62 percent of households in the United States include companion animals. Dogs are the most popular choice coming in at 39 percent, while cats take a pretty close second at 33 percent. For those of us lucky enough to fall into that 62 percent, childhood included some pretty awesome memories with our first best friend. Playing in the yard, cuddling in pillow forts or dressing our rescue lab like batman to match our Joker costume for Halloween – it’s hard to think of a childhood moment that Brownie didn’t play a featuring roll in.

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Here's is something cool for your kids to do this week! Enter our Pet Photo Contest!

Post a picture of your pet with your kids on our facebook page at www.facebook.com/mykingstonkids under the Pets Contest Post. By submitting a photo you will enter our pet photo contest and may win a copy of the MyKingstonKids Morning Mix CD: Vol 1-The Break Out. 

Photos must be in by July 13th. Winners will be announced on July 14th on MyKingstonKids Radio Show and our Facebook page.

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The summer is here and its time for the kids to enjoy it as much as possible. What if they can enjoy it while making some extra cash and learning something new? I think so! Happens all the time. A business is a perfect opportunity for your kids to learn how to create their own income and recognize opportunities. You may be saying - my kids are busy with school and sports. They’re well taken care of, buddy. I’m not gonna burden them with the task of running a business in addition to everything else.

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The obesity epidemic in children over the last few years has been alarming, and therefore parents are always advised to monitor their BMI (Height-to-Weight ratio). The activities carried out by a child during the developmental process go a long way in building up in them, all they need for their adult lives.

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Summer is here again; kids are totally school-free for the next 2-3 months. It’s not uncommon that most kids will resort to TV all day long. Their favorite shows that school made them miss must be covered for. But the screen is not the friendliest way to keep your kids busy; in fact, too much of the screen is injurious to their health.

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It’s not news that children are the most valued possessions of responsible parents. And at all cost, they always want to protect their children from every possible danger. Unfortunately, these kids are the most vulnerable to dangers because of the carefree lifestyle they are susceptible to live. Without suspecting it and as against most adults who has the intellectual capacity to protect themselves, children expose themselves to a lot of dangers, especially pollutants that can be very injurious to their health.

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