Boost Your Child’s Communication Skills

Boost Your Child’s Communication Skills

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Kids come home from school and plop down in front of the television, play video games, or surf the Internet.
What happened to reading a book, coloring or writing in a diary? As these hobbies fall by the wayside and more passive forms of entertainment take over, children’s written, verbal and social skills can take a tumble, too.

“Laying the groundwork for good communication skills is essential,” said Dr. David Brinkman-Sull, clinical child psychologist at Laurelwood Counseling Centers. “Making it fun for kids to share their thoughts and feelings helps them learn one of the keys to developing healthy relationships in their lives.”

American Greetings and Nickelodeon have teamed up to help kids develop communications skills while entertaining them at the same time. Their new product line, Nickspressions, uses the interactivity, games and Nickelodeon characters they love. Products like Chatterboxes, Smell-a-Grams and Mini Note Totes were created with Nickelodeon’s trademark elements of surprise, irreverent wit and whimsy in mind.

“Nickspressions was born as a relative to those little classroom valentines kids love so much,” said Jeffrey Conrad, American Greetings creative director and mastermind behind the program. “We wanted to give kids that excitement all year-round.”

Other Nickspressions products include:

* Fashion Statements: These funky interchangeable “slap bracelets” hold a jewel charm with tiny notepads inside, featuring instant messaging lingo.

* Secret Message Decoder: Complete with two decoders, mini pens, code card storage and card reader, this clever kit enables kids to give their … Read more

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How To Use Pinterest for PR

How To Use Pinterest for PR

By now you have heard about the ability of Pinterest to drive traffic to your website. The question that a lot of businesses are asking now is if Pinterest can replicate its stellar performance to the world of public relations. Pinterest is the hottest site to grace the world of Internet perhaps since Facebook. In fact in 2012, CNN touted this fledgling new social media platform as the hottest site in the planet. For good reason, the numbers that was crunched by this site for the past 24 months is enough for public relations professionals to turn to Pinterest to launch their PR work.
Public relation sorties are efforts by institutions and enterprises to use the power of media to report to its various publics about their performance. It allows businesses to gain mileage from the free media exposure and create an image to support their causes and the company’s bottom line.
So how do you go about using Pinterest for PR?
It is not about always about you. While it is tempting to bombard pins about your organization, it is a move that could back-fire. In fact, Pinterest is against blatant self-promotion. Social media is not about you, it is about what you stand for and the advocacies that you espouse. That is why it pays to pin things that will inspire other people to join your crusade. A good way to do this is to pin photos of the projects of the … Read more

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