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4 great reasons to let your kids be bored this summer

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Do your kids complain that they have nothing to do? From a young age, modern children are barraged with an onslaught of stimuli and experiences (electronic and otherwise), which may then result in them failing to develop the skills needed to engage their own minds. It’s this conditioning that’s likely behind your kids’ summertime declarations of boredom.

While it may be tempting to fill the vacuum of your children’s discontent with activities and excursions, it may be better to let them be bored. Here are four reasons why you should allow your kids to find ways to entertain themselves this summer.

1. Boredom builds confidence. When kids are successful at finding ways to occupy themselves, it boosts their self-esteem. Being bored makes it more likely they’ll try new things and test their limits, which is also ideal for building confidence.

2. Boredom improves creativity. Having nothing to do encourages kids to use their imagination to invent games and find ways to amuse themselves.

3. Boredom helps kids discover their interests. Studies have found that unstructured playtime lets kids develop decision making skills and discover their own interests.

4. Boredom forms friendships. Playing with other children helps little ones learn to communicate and read body language. When given time and space to play freely, they’ll begin to negotiate and create games together.

Bored kids are good for parents too. By letting your kids fight their own boredom, you’ll have more time to complete your own tasks, and maybe even get bored yourself.

In recent years, scientists have started taking a closer look at boredom. Their conclusion? Boredom happens when a person wants to be stimulated but can’t connect with their environment. Interestingly, researchers have found that modern children are especially susceptible to boredom (a phenomenon their parents are largely familiar with).

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Scandicraft: the new Nordic design trend

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Do you appreciate the clean lines of Scandinavian furniture but also love unique, handcrafted decor? Combine the two esthetics with scandicraft style. This new design trend has all the minimalism of typical Nordic design but leaves room for the unique pieces you’re drawn to.

A scandicraft home is welcoming and makes judicious use of artisanal pieces that are both beautiful and functional. Furniture frequently plays double duty by offering storage space. Accessories like throw pillows and throws are soft and comforting.

Less monochromatic than other Nordic styles, scandicraft welcomes the use of pastels and jewel tones to create a space that you’ll love to come home to. Scandicraft combines clean lines with eccentric, handmade pieces. Show off your personality with a mobile made from salvaged wood or go bohemian with a rattan headboard.

Natural light is very important in Scandinavian design, and this school of decorating is no different. Big windows with little covering are a priority.

Scandicraft also embraces nature, so choose pieces made from natural materials like wood, leather and wool. Hanging plants will complete the look.

What’s old is new again with scandicraft, so combine your flea market treasures with clean and functional Nordic furniture to create a home that’s truly unique.

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Is school too easy for my child?

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If your child is getting excellent grades and quickly mastering new concepts, you may have a little genius on your hands. If you think school is too easy for them, here’s what you can do.

• Talk to them. Gifted children tend to get bored in class because they feel that the standard learning pace is sluggish. This irritates many of them, and they’re likely to let you know if you ask them about it.

• Talk to their teachers. They’ll notice both your child’s academic performance and any signs of boredom they may be exhibiting. Teachers may also be able to provide more difficult assignments to keep your child engaged.

• Talk to a professional. A psychologist or neuropsychologist can help determine just how gifted your child is, notably by measuring their intelligence quotient (IQ). They can also help you come up with a plan of action regarding your child’s education.

Gifted children who aren’t challenged can lose motivation and become uninterested. That’s why acting early and coming up with a schooling strategy that works for them is key.

Keep in mind that not all gifted children are high achievers. Psychologists suspect that many aren’t identified because they go directly to the uninterested phase and sometimes get misdiagnosed as having attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

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4 fence design trends of 2019

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A fence does more than provide security and privacy. It also shows off your personal style and can add the perfect finishing touch to the overall look of your home and garden. Here are the top fencing trends of 2019 that you should know about.

1. A modern esthetic
Give your yard a contemporary look by installing a fence that uses horizontal boards instead of vertical ones. Keep the design sleek and simple and avoid incorporating ornate embellishments.

2. Dark colors

Darker colors are becoming increasingly popular for fences. Consider making yours charcoal grey, midnight blue, chocolate brown or jet black.

3. Including plants
Embrace nature by planting wild-looking perennials that will grow along your fence every year. Or, build small shelves into the fence where you can place potted flowers or herbs.

4. Alternative materials
Wood was once the go-to material for fences. Nowadays, low maintenance vinyl or composite can be just as attractive and more affordable to boot. Other fashionable options include stone, brick and metal.

No matter what type of fence you choose, make sure to talk to your neighbor before you begin building it. Not only is this a matter of courtesy, but they may also be willing to share some of the costs.

Hire a contractor
It may be tempting to save money on your new fence by installing it yourself. However, unless you’re an experienced handyman and already own the necessary tools, this is a job best left to the pros.

A fencing contractor has everything needed to quickly and efficiently build your fence. They’re also better able to deal with challenges that may arise during the installation. For instance, rocky or sandy soil may make it hard for fence posts to stay upright, or there may be buried power lines right where your fence needs to go.

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A lot of agriculture in your child’s backpack

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Kids are heading back to school ready to learn, but parents should ask themselves, are they learning the most basic things – like where their food originates.

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) encourages teachers and parents to make a game of learning about agriculture. “You can start by hunting for it in the kids’ backpacks,” says former teacher Dr. Jewel Bronaugh, now VDACS Commissioner. “It’s everywhere – in their pencils, their clothing and of course, their snacks.”

You may identify:
· Wooden pencils and paper made from trees

· Crayons made with soybean oil
· Chalk or glue made with pig by-products
· Cotton gym clothes and socks, or wool sweaters
· Leather shoes
· Paint brushes that contain hair bristles from pigs or cattle
· Hand lotions with lanolin, which is found in sheep’s wool
· Lunch with fruits, vegetables, bread, meats, cheese, milk or a Thermos of chicken noodle soup

“There’s agriculture in the gas tank as well as the backpack,” Bronaugh adds. “The trip to school may have been in the family car powered by ethanol, a clean fuel made from corn, or a school bus powered by biodiesel. Agriculture is all around them, but they may not know that all of these products and so many more come from Virginia’s farms unless you teach them.”

Bronaugh encourages parents to take children to the farm for those quintessential fall activities like picking apples or pumpkins to learn that agriculture also provides intangible benefits that include recreation, tourism, wildlife habitat, biodiversity, improved water quality and soil stabilization.

To make sure the kids don’t stump you with their “what’s that?” questions, parents can download the Ag Spotter’s Guide from the VDACS website so they can tell a tractor from a combine or corn from soybeans: vdacs.virginia.gov/pdf/agspotter.pdf.

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Green: the hottest design color of 2019

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Both classic and unexpected, green has quickly become the color du jour. From jewel-bright emerald to calming sage, there’s a green for every room and style.

Forest green walls set a solemn tone in an office or reading nook. If a full coat of paint is too much of a commitment, you can integrate this dark color in subtler ways. Opt for it on a lamp, area rug or curtains.

Emerald green will brighten up a small bathroom or add interest to a utilitarian space like a laundry room. In a kitchen, glossy green cabinets are a refreshing change from white. In a living room or den, a mid-century style sofa in this jewel-tone would be a great focal point.

Sage green is relaxing and calm, and would be ideal for a nursery or child’s bedroom.

Kelly green is vibrant and exciting. Consider painting your chairs and table this hue to add a touch of whimsy to your dining room.

Green is very versatile and can work in almost any room. To keep the look fresh and modern, pair it with cool neutrals, and avoid combining it with warm colors like yellow or burgundy.

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Language disorders: the importance of early intervention

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A language disorder can seriously affect a child’s development. Here’s what you should know about this type of impairment and how you can spot it early.

What are language disorders?
Language disorders affect an individual’s ability to understand others and express ideas clearly. They include:

• Receptive issues that make it hard to understand language

• Expressive issues that make it hard to clearly express thoughts
• Mixed issues that make it hard to both use and understand language

These disorders typically cause a language delay that’s noticeable before the age of four.

Common symptoms
Receptive issues can be hard to spot in young children, although having trouble following simple directions is a common sign. Signs of expressive disorders are easier to identify and include:

• Limited vocabulary and trouble expanding it
• Frequent use of placeholder words like “um” and “stuff”
• Frustration at the inability to convey thoughts clearly
• Not formulating sentences that make sense
• Limited variety of sentence structures

These signs usually appear starting at three years old and persist into preschool.

Why acting early matters
A language disorder can negatively impact a child’s development. The inability to understand others or to express ideas often results in social isolation or behavioral problems. In addition, limited vocabulary and understanding of grammar means affected children are likely to struggle in school.

Early detection allows children to develop ways to live with these disorders and sometimes eliminate them completely.

If you think your child has a language disorder, meet with your pediatrician. Your child’s doctor can help you find a specialist that will provide a diagnosis and offer a treatment plan.

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Sample an Irish Dance Class @ Jig 'n' Jive Dance Studio
Sample an Irish Dance Class at the Jig ‘n’ Jive Dance Studio. Saturday, August 24th. 10:00 – 10:45am. $2/dancer. Boys and Girls. No experience or registration required.
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Botanicals in Watercolor I @ Art in the Valley
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Come join DJ Skyhigh for his end of summer blast. Lisa Bell will be hosting wine tastings (at an additional charge) of over 50 international wines. Wines may also be purchased by the bottle to[...]
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