Gymboree Parenting Column

How can we prevent the declining reading comprehension rates among children from a young age?

低下している子どもの「読解力」 小さなうちから行いたい対策は?

The Ministry of Education and teachers around the country have sent out a warning in recent years about th...

What are the benefits of origami? How can the art style be performed successfully?

折り紙は育児に効果アリ!? 折り紙がもたらすメリットと上手な遊び方

“Origami” has been popular with Japanese children for many years. The art style has also gained popularity...

Which form of discipline is more effective: “time out” or “time in”?

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Parents scold their children when they are mischievous or throw a tantrum. Some parents worry about how th...

The difference between “Overprotection” and “Excessive Meddling”

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Can you explain the difference between “Overprotection” and “Excessive Meddling”? We often hear about “ov...

5 English Songs We Recommend You Sing with Your Child

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Research shows that children who listen to English when they are young have less trouble grasping the lang...

4 Benefits of Encouraging your Child to Color Using a Variety of Colors

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Recent research has shown that coloring invigorates the brain. However, there are many other benefits to c...

What causes temper tantrums and how parents should handle them

子どもの記憶力を伸ばす3つのポイントとは?

Many children have a temper tantrum and cry if they do not get their way. Most parents know that these tem...

3 tips for helping your child improve his/her memory skills

子どもの記憶力を伸ばす3つのポイントとは?

Many children have trouble memorizing information for tests. Having good memory skills will help your chil...

How to encourage your child to grow up with a love for reading

子どもを読書好きに!きっかけづくりのポイント

Reading books helps children develop their imaginations, their sense of concentration and their understand...

How to apply “Adlerian Psychology” to child rearing

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With the popularity of the Japanese book “Kiwareru Yuuki”, the number of Japanese people interested in “Ad...

What can we do to avoid becoming “toxic parents”?

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Are you aware of the term “toxic parents”? In order for our children to live up to their full potential, i...

Will programming become a mandatory subject at schools in 2020?

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Due to the shortage of Web engineers and IT staff, the Japanese Ministry of Education announced on 4/19/16...

What should parents do when they find out their child is being bullied at school?

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“My child does not talk about kindergarten and other activities anymore…” “He/she is out of it a lot of t...

Increasing your child’s “metacognitive ability” will lead to improved academic performance!

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Have you heard of the phrase “metacognitive ability”? Improving these skills will help your child get bett...

Singing with your child is beneficial in the following 6 ways!

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Listening to children’s songs is fun for parents and kids alike. Many children love singing and there are ...

Classical Music? Environmental Sound? What type of music positively influences our children?

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Exposing children to music from an early age has amazing effects on their development. However, there are ...

How to teach children to effectively use smartphones

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Allowing children to use games and apps often leads to them asking to borrow your smartphone frequently. I...

When encouraging your child to be outgoing – how important is the relationship of trust between parent and child?

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The number of children who have conflicts with their friends and/or have trouble controlling their emotion...

What can parents do to raise children who are good at expressing their feelings?

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When children are in kindergarten and/or daycare, there is always an adult nearby and opportunities to com...

The quality and amount of sleep your child gets will influence his/her academic ability!

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Children will start receiving homework and studying when they enter elementary school. Children with bette...

The reasons behind your child’s stranger anxiety and how you can help them overcome it

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Some children go through a phase where they are afraid of strangers. They sometimes even start crying when...

How to explain Christmas and Santa Claus without crushing your child’s dreams

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Many children start thinking about Santa Claus as soon as the decorations around town go up. Are you, as a...

Let’s be careful and prevent the entire family from catching influenza!

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At this time of year, it is important for families to take special measures to avoid catching influenza. F...

How to raise your child to be a good thinker

考えられる人に! 子どもの考える力を育てる教育方法

In our constantly changing global society, we need to be flexible and able to think quickly to succeed. H...

How to help your child gain a sense of self-affirmation

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Having a strong sense of self-affirmation is important to succeed in our society. People with a sense of...

How taking care of a pet can improve your child’s emotional development

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Having a dog or cat in the family when your child is young is said to be beneficial to their emotional dev...

Frustration – the enemy of parenting! How can moms relieve their stress?

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When raising children, parents often become frustrated. Parents tend to become stressed when they ...

How can we teach our children to clean up after themselves?

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Many parents have trouble getting their children to clean up their toys when they are done playing with th...

Why does the “Jewish early childhood learning style” help raise so many geniuses?

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●The theoretical physicist, Albert Einstein, who was known for his Theory of Relativity ●The famous psych...

A brief overview and the challenges of free early childhood learning program

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Early child learning is said to be the most important of a child’s education. Are you aware that the Japan...

What is the meaning of “non cognitive ability” which is often spoken of by early learning specialists?

幼児教育の現場で注目が集まる”非認知能力”とは?

Many parents and teachers use test scores and whether a child can study or not as an important factor in d...

Which industries will be busy as a result of the Tokyo Olympics?

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The Tokyo Olympics will be held in 2020. It has been 56 years since the last Olympics in Japan so many res...

The benefits of encouraging your child to study in the morning and how to succeed

朝に勉強させるメリットと子どもに習慣化させるコツ

In recent years, many early childhood learning specialists believe that encouraging children to study in t...

What should parents do to prevent their child from getting scared easily?

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Some children become scared when they experience new things. Even if the cause is something trivial, once...

What benefits does cooking as a family have?

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Did you know that cooking as a family has a very good effect on your child's development? After seeing th...

One’s brain needs nutrients. Which foods will improve your child’s memory?

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As parents, we often worry about our child's health and growth when determining which foods they eat. Res...

How to raise your child to be a good talker

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Many parents are worried that their child is not good at talking and may have trouble in the future. Howe...

Tips for reading to children and why it is important!

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Teachers and educators recommend reading picture books to young children. Research shows that children wh...

Age appropriate play activities that improve your child’s dexterity

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Most people feel that as adults it is better to be dexterous. As a result, many parents are worried whet...

What is Montessori style education?

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Do you know what the "Montessori method", the educational style that the founders of Amazon and Wikipedia ...

How to make learning the alphabet with your child fun and effective!

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Children start learning their alphabet when they enter kindergarten. When children have trouble rememberi...

Is studying in the living room effective?

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There are 2 opinions when it comes to whether studying in the living room is effective or not. Many paren...

4 tips for improving your child’s concentration

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Children who never seem to finish their homework or start doing another activity in the middle of their ho...

How to prevent your child from being poor at sports

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Children develop very quickly and learn new things one after another. Playing and exercising from a young...

Bringing out your child’s full potential! – Early education and the brain

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Along with the decrease in the birth rate, the early education industry has grown to over 3 trillion yen i...

We are more likely to be successful if we enjoy doing the activities – how to encourage your child to like foreign languages

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At a young age, children absorb knowledge like a sponge. So it is a good time to expose them to foreign l...

How to unlock your child’s motivation

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Children are curious. It is a great that they are interested in many different things. However, it is imp...

The use of art to enhance our children’s powers of expression

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Few children dislike painting and drawing pictures. Painting and drawing has many benefits for children i...

An introduction to American style discipline – “time-out”

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There are a lot of imitable aspects of American free-style thinking that we can pick-up. One of those a...

3 techniques for raising a cooperative child

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Have you ever watched your child play with his/her peers and worried whether he was being cooperative or n...

What should we do when our child throws a tantrum in public?

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Many parents have experienced dealing with children who throw huge tantrums at the store, in the park (yel...

3 reasons why children become light eaters during their growth period and how to prevent it

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Many mothers take the time out of their busy schedules to provide their families with healthy food options...

Fun indoor play activities for the rainy season

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"Play" is an influential factor on a child's growth. As parents, we want our children to have the opport...

Increased intelligence? – The benefits of jigsaw puzzles for young children

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Jigsaw puzzles are a popular hobby for people of all ages because they are fun and have interesting design...

What should you do when you think your child may be developmentally slow?

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During the infant and toddler stage, children's bodies and minds develop. Watching your child grow and dev...

Why do so many elementary school students dislike math?

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According to a survey of elementary and junior high school students regarding subjects that they dislike, ...

How can we teach our children to think and act for themselves the “Finland way”?

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When How can we teach our children to think and act for themselves the "Finland way"? cannot seem to do some...

What should our children experience?

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During childhood, it is important for children to be exposed to as many experiences as possible. These ex...

“Pretend play” is an essential part of childhood

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Children start pretend play between the ages of 3 and 5 years old. The type of pretend play depends on t...

Exercise is important! How to help your child grow tall.

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All parents want their children to grow to a normal height. Parents who are not particularly tall are of...

Nagging is NG! How to react when your child refuses to do his/her homework

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Children often refuse to do their homework. However, when parents react by getting angry it only makes the ...

How can we avoid becoming “monster parents”?

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Do you know the meaning of the phrase "monster parents", which we often see in the media? T...

What happens when mom and dad’s style of child-raising is different?

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Many moms and dads are concerned because their style of child-raising is different. When each parent says...

Does how one plays when they are young influence who they are when they turn 9 years old?

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When children turn 9 years old, they undergo a great emotional transformation. Friends. Parents. Teachers...

The many merits of using play dough as a child

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One of the popular ways child play at home is using play dough. Using play dough has many great benefits...

How should parents answer their child’s questions?

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Children between the ages of 2 and 6 often ask their parents and other adults around them a lot of quest...

Older child, younger child? Hints on how to raise a child based on their sibling situation.

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Whether a child is the older child, younger child or an only child will have a large impact on their perso...

“The Simons-type Classification Theory” – Is a child’s personality determined by his/her parents’ attitudes?

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Every child has a different personality. Some children are very social and others are shy. Some chil...

Are video and smartphone games good or bad for our children?

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Children today live in a society where there is a lot of information at their fingertips. It is difficult...

How can we encourage our children to eat foods they don’t like?

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We want our children to eat a variety of foods. However, children usually have foods they like and foods ...

How can we best encourage our child’s foreign language learning at home?

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In Japan, the number of parents who want their children to grow up bilingual is increasing. The importanc...

In today’s society, the number of children who prefer to play on their own is increasing. What can parents do to help?

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When children turn 3 years old, they have more opportunities to interact with the society around them. ...

What activities will improve our children’s sense of rhythm?

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As a parent, we want our child to gain various skills. Many parents are hoping to improve their child's s...

Which words should we avoid using as parents?

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There are a few words that parents end up using in front of their children that they shouldn't. Even if w...

How are schools affected by the stricter education policy?

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In 2002, the Ministry of Education in Japan began to implement a "more relaxed education policy" in Japane...

How can we help our children pursue their dreams?

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As children grow up, they have various dreams about their future. Some may be mindless thoughts or aspira...

How can parents help children who dislike sports?

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Are you worried because your child dislikes sports? [My child dislikes any kind of play that involves m...

3 Benefits Children Gain from Playing With Their Daddy

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Due to their hard work schedules, many fathers have limited time to play with their children. Children,...

Play is important! Play makes children smarter!

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Many adults feel guilty about allowing their children to play. They feel that "children do not get anyth...

Is it important for Japanese to learn English? Why?

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In order to raise global citizens, the Abe Government has decreased the starting age for English education...

How to promote learning in the bathtub

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Although parents often want their child to learn from a young age, many children are not interested right ...

What is perfect pitch?

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When we talk about musical ability, we often use the term perfect pitch. Perfect pitch is [the ability ...

How to make effective use of your child’s obsessiveness

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Often young children become obsessed with one thing and are unable to pay attention to their surroundings....

Children learn a lot through play! Let’s see what influence play equipment has on children!

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Research shows that the brain of people who played a lot when they were young children creates lots of syn...

Exposing children to music at an early age will make them smarter

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In the past many people have thought that having children learn music is good for their emotional developm...

Do children benefit from reading comics

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Many parents feel that if they allow their children to read comics it will prevent them from studying. It...

Why make Ethics and Morals a Standardized School Subject?

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In Japanese elementary and junior high schools, students learn about [ethics and morals] once a week. Sin...

How can we, as parents, help cultivate our child’s talents?

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Children grow very fast. Adults are often surprised at how fast they learn new things. Therefore, the ...

The Importance of Pronunciation in English Language Study

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With the recent emphasis on the importance of studying English from a young age, Ministry of Education in ...

How can we raise our children to be confident?

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A child's future personality is greatly influenced by how he/she was raised and educated. As adults, we f...

[Teaching your child a second language] – There is no need to rush!

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Many parents want their children to learn a second language from a very young age. [In antic...

Why has dance become a required school subject in Japan?

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In the past, martial arts was a required subject in school. However, from 2014, schools in...

The Benefits of Studying Art as a Child are Priceless!

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Many parents may feel that, since art is not a required subject, there is no reason to have ...

When asked by your child “why do I have to study”, how would you respond?

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What does "studying" mean to children? Many adults spent their school age years asking the ...

Warning – These 4 Lifestyle Habits Will Worsen Your Child’s Teeth Alignment!

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Parents often worry about their child's teeth alignment. Not only do people with poor teeth alignment give...

Let’s encourage our children to be curious and inquisitive from a young age.

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Children ask lots of questions. Did you know that how parents handle these questions has...

How to improve your child’s athletic ability from early childhood

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We often hear in the news that children's athletic ability is declining. As a result, ma...

How to Develop Your Child’s Communication Skills – Things They Don’t Learn in School

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Humans require various knowledge and skills to live in the daily world. One of the most imp...

4 Coping Techniques for Dealing With Anger So You Can Avoid Taking It Out on Your Little One

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When your child "doesn't listen to what you are saying" or "talks smart" in the midst of busy child-rearin...

It is Important to Have “Patience” and Use “Praise” When Disciplining Children

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Mothers with children often think about discipline and how it can be used effectively. Recently, what one p...

6 At-home Play Activities that Help Increase Children’s Self-Esteem

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When at home with small children on a rainy or cold day or while they are recovering from an illness, we o...

The Effects of Watching TV Has on Babies – Let’s Be Careful They Don’t Watch Too Much!

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Children are attracted to things that move and make noise! When you leave the TV on, they...

The Importance of “Skinship” – Learning How to Create a Bond with Your Child

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Mother-child interaction is essential for a child’s healthy development. “Skinship” is defined...