Gymboree Parenting Column

How to develop key brain functions to improve your child’s learning

Side,View,Of,Adorable,Little,Boy,Pointing,Upwards,Standing,Near

People often talk about “brain function decline” due to aging and other factors. However, there is little talk...

How many countries have English as an official language?

Set,Of,Social,People,On,World,Map,With,Speech,Bubbles

Most people are aware that English is widely used around the world and is often called “the official languag...

What do parents who raised professional athletes have in common? What can we learn from them?

Japanese,Child,Swings,The,Bat

The parenting methods of parents who have raised top athletes are popular around the world. Even though thei...

Tips for Parents Preparing their Child for School Entrance

Asian,Daughter,And,Parents,Prepaing,Entrance,Ceremony,Of,Elementary,School

Is your child prepared to start school in April? Japanese schools begin in April so parents in Japan always ...

[Children’s Customs Abroad] What children eat when they have a cold

Unhappy,Ill,Kid,Lying,In,Bed,And,Blowing,His,Nose

When children in Japan are sick with a cold, it is common for their parents to give them sports drinks and r...

How to distinguish between the various pronunciations of English

Phonetic,And,Phonemic,Transcription,Of,Any,Language,English,Class,Lesson

There are many more varieties of English pronunciation than Japanese. In Japan, most English sounds are writ...

How to make it easier to go out with your child during their “Terrible Twos” (No-No Phase)

Mother,And,Her,Son,Sitting,On,Bench,In,Autumn,Park.

In this article, we will explain the reason behind your child’s “terrible twos” or “no-no phase” and how par...

How to protect your child’s skin from getting too dry during the winter

Cute,Happy,Laughing,Baby,Boy,In,Soft,Bathrobe,After,Bath

Did you know that the dry winter air can damage your child’s skin? Since the functionality of your child’s s...

How to choose English cartoons that will help your child learn English

Little,Toddler,Boy,With,A,Tv,Remote,Control

In recent years, we have seen an increase in the number of English animated cartoons for young children. Man...

【Children’s customs abroad】Is breastfeeding popular? What are the common breastfeeding practices abroad?

Authentic,Shot,Of,Asian,Mother,Sitting,On,Bed,Is,Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding continues to be recommended by doctors in Japan. However, research shows that formula (milk) a...

Popular Osechi dishes for children and their origin

Osechi-ryori,Are,Japanese,New,Year's,Dishes,That,Are,Specially,Prepared

Osechi, the traditional New Year's Day food in Japan, is often unfamiliar to children, and they may complain...

How to best interact with your baby who was born at the beginning of the year and overcome any disadvantages that appear

Japanese,Brother,Blow,Bubbles

You may have heard people say that children who are born at the beginning of the year are at a disadvantage....

How to encourage your child to clean up and enjoy it

Spring,Cleaning.,Adorable,Asian,Baby,Daughter,Helping,Mom,To,Clean

The year-end cleaning is quickly approaching. Many parents try cleaning when their child(ren) are not around...

[Children’s Customs Abroad] A Greater Awareness of and Involvement in Volunteer Activities

Volunteer,Group,Raising,Hands,Against,Blue,Sky,Background

A survey by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology shows that 9.2% of Japanese p...

At what age is it recommended to introduce children to chocolate? What are the effects of chocolate on young children?

Adorable,Baby,Eating,A,Plate,Of,Chocolate.,Studio,Isolated,On

Many parents are concerned about the age at which chocolate should first be given to their children, or they...

The Role of English After School Programs for Kindergarteners

Little,Asian,Cute,Girl,Watching,Tv,On,Her,Sofa,Alone.

Many parents worry about how they will spend the four hours between kindergarten pick-up and dinner. Mother...

How to measure your baby’s body temperature and what to look for when the season changes

Mom,,Sick,Baby,And,Thermometer,For,Medical,Risk,,Assessment,Results

Infants and toddlers often become ill due to the sudden changes in temperature during the autumn months. Thi...

Let’s enjoy Autumn as a family! Suggestions and Tips for Parents

Happy,Little,Child,,Baby,Girl,Laughing,And,Playing,In,The

Children today are spending less and less time outdoors. Autumn is the perfect opportunity for them to spend...

【Children’s Customs Around the World】Thanksgiving Day traditions

Happy,Thanksgiving,Day!,Autumn,Feast.,Family,Sitting,At,The,Table

Everyone knows about “Halloween” but did you know that “Thanksgiving Day” is as popular as Christmas in the ...

How to use cards to teach your child math – 3 card games for young children

Enjoying,Free,Time,Together.,Happy,Father,And,Son,Playing,Cards

Did you know that playing cards helps train your child’s brain and increases their knowledge? There are many...

How can parents handle the situation when their only child suddenly acts like a baby?

Cute,Toddler,Boy,Screams,And,Cries,On,Couch.,Child,Is

Sometimes an “only child” or the “youngest child” suddenly behaves like a baby and pretends he/she is unable...

6 Popular Nursery Rhymes for Children of Native Speakers 

Little,Boy,On,Wooden,Background,With,Red,Headphones

Did you know that many popular nursery rhymes in Japan are originally written in English and read by childre...

How to stop your baby from crying at bedtime

Asian,Baby,Boy,Crying

New parents are often worried when their baby is whimpering and doesn’t stop crying. Some parents may even f...

[Children’s Customs Abroad] Children’s Lunch Boxes Around the World – Is there school lunch in other countries?

Girl,Holding,Tray,With,Delicious,Food,In,School,Canteen,,Closeup

While many elementary schools in Japan serve school lunch, what do children in other countries eat at lunch ...

What are the advantages and disadvantages of learning English on YouTube?

Brazil,,March,12,,2019.child,Watching,Youtube,On,Tablet

In recent years, more and more parents are turning to YouTube to distract their little ones and keep them qu...

Does your child’s appetite increase in the Fall? Here are some suggestions for toddler meals to try this Fall.

Wicker,Tray,With,Variety,Of,Raw,Mushrooms,On,Wooden,Table

Autumn is an important time to recover from the lack of appetite felt in the Summer and prepare for the arri...

When is the best time for children to begin learning phonics effectively?

The,Word,Phonics,And,School,Wallpaper,Against,Students,Desk,With

In English-speaking countries, phonics is introduced to help young children learn the correct pronunciation ...

Tips for Improving Your Child’s Writing Ability

The,Child,Does,Homework,,Is,Engaged,In,Self-education,At,Home.

Writing skills, which are also considered important in school education, tend to vary greatly from child to ...

【Children’s Customs Abroad】Do Families Enjoy Bath Time Together?

Father,And,Son,To,Take,A,Bath,Together

In Japan, bath time is a popular activity and parents often use the time to enjoy communicating with their c...

Is it true that teaching English early on can be detrimental to Japanese language acquisition?

English,With,Toddler,Boy,With,Headphones,On,A,Blue,Background

In recent years, more children are learning English from a younger age. This is causing many Japanese parent...

How to improve your toddler’s physical fitness

Baby's,Feet,That,Stood,Up,(1,Year,And,2,Months

In recent years, we have seen a decline in children’s physical fitness around the world. Compared to their p...

The benefits of reading aloud to your toddler! Tips for parents on how to read smoothly in English.

Asian,Family,In,Living,Room

Research shows that reading aloud is highly effective for brain development and vocabulary building. Listeni...

How to enjoy English as a family this Summer

Laughing,Attractive,Asian,Mother,And,Her,Cute,Little,Asian,Daughter

Families spend more time together during the summer because children don’t have school and there is the long...

【Children’s Customs Abroad】How to enjoy summer fireworks around the world

Tokyo,Bay,City,View,And,Tokyo,Rainbow,Bridge,With,Beautiful

In Japan, fireworks are a summer tradition and they are a memorable summer activity for children and adults ...

How to help prevent young children from getting heat stroke when going outside in the summertime

Walking,Mother,With,Baby,Carriage

It is important for parents to be careful when going out with young children in the extreme summer heat. Sin...

Unlocking Talents! How to find your child’s strengths

Portrait,Of,Happy,Small,Caucasian,Boy,In,Front,Of,Yellow

Everyone may have thought to themselves, "If I had known earlier what I was good at, my life might have turn...

How parents can prevent child suicide through psychological safety at home

Happy,Father,And,Mother,With,Little,Children,Sitting,On,Floor

According to the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare, the number of suicides among children and students i...

Do online toddler lessons work? What are the advantages and disadvantages?

Kid,And,Technology.,Boy,In,Shirt,Is,Reading,Tablet,Computer.

In recent years, more and more young children and toddlers are attending online lessons and they are becomin...

【Children’s Customs around the world】Children’s oral care habits in countries with few cavities

Mother,And,Daughter,Brushing,Teeth,Together

Compared to other developed countries, Japan is said to have lower awareness of “preventive dentistry”. What...

Are headaches common in children? How can parents help children with headaches and other unusual symptoms?

頭痛を抱えている子どもは多い? 子どもの異変と頭痛への対応について

Headaches in children are not uncommon and many children tell their parents they have a headache but cannot ...

How to nurture your child’s zest for life – encouraging them to help when camping

Japanese,Couple,Enjoying,A,Barbecue

When families go camping, parents are often too busy with the preparations to spend quality time with their ...

How can parents encourage their children to be interested in learning English?

子どもが英語に興味がない?! 幼児に英語への興味を抱かせるコツとは?

With the growing importance of English education from elementary school in Japan, many parents want their ch...

At what age should children start watching 3D movies? What are the effects of 3D images on children’s eyes?

3D映画は何才から見せる? 3D映像が子どもの目へ与える影響 

Recently, many movie theaters show 3D animation and cartoons targeted at infants and younger children. Howev...

【Children’s customs abroad】Are swimming classes for babies popular abroad? Information about swimming classes in America and Australia

Baby,With,Mom,Learns,To,Swim,In,The,Pool

Swimming schools are very popular in Japan for young children, but are they popular in other countries as we...

How can we teach children how to think for themselves and be observant?

うちの子にはどのスポーツが向いている? 子どものスポーツの選び方ヒント

It is important for parents and teachers to nurture children’s “observation skills” so they are able to thin...

How can we teach children how to think for themselves and be observant?

教えるよりも自ら考える力を! 子どもの観察力を育てる方法

It is important for parents and teachers to nurture children’s “observation skills” so they are able to thin...

Issues that tend to occur with only children and how parents can handle them

一人っ子に起こりがちな悩み 親ができる対策法は?

The number of single-child households in Japan is increasing. In 2019, 46.8% of households raising children ...

What is the best way to discipline visually dominant children?

どうしたら伝わりやすい? 視覚優位の子どもへの躾ポイント

We often hear parents say “I’ve told my children the same thing many times, but they don’t seem to understan...

【Global children’s habits】How children help around the world

【外国の子どもの習慣】どんなお手伝いをしている? 外国の子ども達のお手伝い事情

Asking children to help around the house is common in many countries. This is because it is a great way to n...

How to choose a picture book that your child will enjoy

United,Kingdom,9,September,2019:,Little,Boy,Sitting,On,The

Most parents are aware that reading picture books to their child(ren) is very beneficial. However, many peop...

Parent-child exercises that support your baby’s development!

赤ちゃんの発達を促そう! 親子で触れ合える赤ちゃん体操を紹介 

Although it is important for babies to get a lot of sleep, parents should incorporate small exercises with s...

How can parents best deal with their child’s frustration? What causes it?

Portrait,Of,A,Cute,Little,Girl,Crying,Child,,Stress,,Pain,

In recent years, the number of children who lose their temper easily has been increasing. As a result, many ...

What can parents do to improve their child’s hay fever symptoms?

子どもの花粉によるアレルギー症状を改善したい! 効果が期待できる食べ物は?

Hay fever is becoming more common among younger children. Symptoms include itchy eyes, runny nose, skin irri...

【Children’s Customs Abroad】Do they celebrate [Children’s Day] in other countries? How is it celebrated?

【外国の子どもの習慣】海外にも「こどもの日」はある? 外国の「こどもの日」の過ごし方

In Japan, Children’s Day is celebrated on May 5th (Tango no Sekku) and is widely recognized as a day to cele...

Toy Subscriptions – What is the best way to choose a toy that will be beneficial for your child?

Preschool,Boy,And,Girl,Playing,On,Floor,With,Educational,Toys.

In recent years, the subscription market has been growing rapidly. It is expected to reach 1.2 trillion yen ...

How should parents expose their child to art? How does Japan compare to more artistic countries?

Little,Kid,Drawing,And,Painting,A,Picture.,Children’s,Art,And

Painting classes are popular among young children and are a great way to nurture their sensitivity and human...

How to choose the right preschool for my child? What should I look at when I visit the school?

Kindergarten,Children,Doing,Arts,And,Crafts,With,Teacher,In,Day

!--How to choose the right preschool for my child? What should I look at when I visit the school? --> The pre...

What are benefits of attending toddler classes? What is the difference between preschool programs and toddler classes?

幼児教室で得られるメリットは? 幼児教室と習い事の違い 

Many parents have friends who attend toddler classes but are not sure what they are exactly. In this article...

【Children’s Customs Abroad】What is the 3 o’clock snack time called? What do children eat for snack?

Hungry,Charming,Dark,Haired,Little,Girl,Biting,And,Enjoying,Croissant,

In Japan, children always look forward to the “3 o’clock snack time”. Do they have “3 o’clock snack time” in...

My infant won’t take his/her medicine! How can I help?

子どもが薬を飲んでくれない! 乳幼児へ薬を飲ませるコツを紹介

Have you ever had a hard time getting your infant to take his/her medicine? If your little one cries and ref...

What are the benefits of core training for children? How can parents incorporate it into their child’s daily life?

子どもの体幹を鍛えるメリットは? 取り入れたい効果的な遊びを紹介

One reason many children cannot sit in a chair with good posture is that their lower body has not been suffi...

How is English Learning for Children in Asian Countries Different from Japan?

アジアの国々における子どもの英語学習状況 日本との違いは?

Although English education in Japan is gradually improving, Japan is still behind other Asian countries. Let...

Why Children Catch Colds Easily and How to Prevent Them From Being Serious

子どもが風邪をひきやすい原因と対策

Many parents worry when their child catches a cold frequently or their child’s cold never seems to go away. ...

【Customs Abroad】What do babies eat when they first start eating solids?

【外国の子どもの習慣】離乳時期に何を食べている? 外国の離乳食事情

Babies often begin eating solids from 6 months of age and preparing meals according to their baby’s age is u...

Some ways for busy moms to relax and get a piece of mind

子育てのコツはママの心のゆとり? 頑張り過ぎるママにおすすめの息抜きの方法

Although most moms feel that the time, we spend with our children is one of the most precious moments in our...

Infant food made with winter vegetables to boost immunity

免疫力を高める冬野菜を使った幼児食

To prevent children from being susceptible to colds and viruses, it is important to boost their immunity thr...

Having fun with English as a family! Simple English phrases to use at home!

親子で楽しもう! 日常会話で使えるやさしい英語のフレーズ

Using English in your daily life at home is a great way to familiarize young children with English from an e...

What parents need to know when playing with their children outside in the Winter

幼児の冬も外遊び! 知っておきたい防寒対策のポイント注意点

Even though adults would prefer to spend the winter in warm places as much possible, children often love to ...

【Children’s Habits Abroad】Discipline in America vs. Japan

【外国の子どもの習慣】アメリカの「しつけ」と日本の特徴

“Discipline” is becoming more and more difficult recently because parents are worried about hurting their ch...

6 Things Parents Can Do to Help Nurture Their Child’s Mind

子どもの心を育てたい! 情操教育に役立つこと6つ

Many parents want to help nurture their child’s mind by providing them with emotional education. However, th...

Why is my child becoming more and more expressionless? What can I do about it?

子どもがだんだんと無表情に… 原因と対策は?

Have you noticed that your child, who used to have a lovely smile, is becoming expressionless as they get ol...

How to Add English Messages to Christmas Cards for Kids!

子ども向けクリスマスカードは英語メッセージで本格的に!

Christmas is the one time of the year that children eagerly await. The joy is likely to be doubled by adding...

The Characteristics of Highly Sensitive Children (HSC) and How to Interact with Children who Have Them

ひと一倍敏感な子どもHSCの特徴と接し方ポイント

One in five children are considered HSC (highly sensitive children) which means that he is she is more sensi...

【Children’s Customs Abroad】Christmas and Santa Claus Around the World

【外国の子どもの習慣】海外のクリスマスとサンタクロースを知ろう!

Children around the world enjoy Christmas but each country has its own customs. How do children around the w...

Changes in English Skills Required by Companies- Employment & Promotion

就職や昇進で必須傾向? 企業で求められる英語スキルの変化 

In the wake of the spread of the new coronavirus, workplaces have rapidly moved online. Web conferencing has...

How to increase your child’s outdoor play time!

体力不足が心配! 子どもの外遊び時間を増やす方法

We have seen a decline in children’s physical fitness in recent years which has been attracting attention fr...

What causes a lack of appetite in young children?

元気なのに食べない! 幼児の食欲がない原因は?

Since infants cannot express how they are feeling, many parents worry when their child has a lack of appetit...

Hiking with Kids – How to Choose a Location!

子連れでハイキングを楽しもう! 行先の選び方

With the cooler weather, it is a great time of the year to go hiking and enjoy nature. The best time to star...

【Children’s Customs Around the World】Sleeping with Parents

【外国の子どもの習慣】世界の添い寝の習慣を比較 

The custom of “sleeping together with your child” differs greatly from country to country. In Japan, the cus...

Growth and Protein Intake in Children

子どもの成長とタンパク質の取り方

We know that protein intake is essential for growth and healthy bodies in children. But, in recent years, pr...

How to engage children to broaden their interests

子どもの興味を広げるための関わり方

Did you know that children’s independence is fostered by their interests? Children who are interested in and...

How brain development is related to the development of our fingertips

脳の発達と指先との関係性

The hands are often referred to as the “second brain” so there is a strong relationship between the hands an...

The Key to Improving Communication Is Listening, Not Speaking? Let’s nurture children’s listening skills!

コミュニケーション上達の鍵は「話す」より「聞く」から? 子どもの聞く力を育てよう

Research shows that children’s “listening skills” have been decreasing in recent years. One reason for this ...

【Children’s Customs from Around the World】How children celebrate Halloween – including the country where it originated – Ireland

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As it gets closer to Halloween, in Japan, we see Halloween decorations and goods in the shops and dress-up e...

Is children’s conversational ability influenced by their daily environment?

子ども会話力は環境による影響が大きい?!

Many parents are concerned about their child’s conversational ability and want to help them improve it. Howe...

How long should parents continue to brush their children’s teeth? Tips for preventing cavities

仕上げ磨きは何才まで? 虫歯を寄せ付けないコツ

Many parents wonder how long they should continue to do a finishing brush on their child. Some families stop...

A child’s dream to speak with people from around the world in English

叶えてあげたい「英語でいろんな国の人と話したい」という子どもの夢

The Mitsumura Book Publishing Co. released the results of its “Survey of Children’s and Parents’ Attitudes t...

How to develop children’s imagination and self-expression through drawing

お絵描きを通して伸ばしたい! 子どもの想像力と自己表現力

Did you know that drawing helps children develop a variety of abilities? Many preschools actively incorporat...

【Customs from Abroad】 Do children have the main role in the Vietnamese Mid-Autumn Festival?

【外国の子どもの習慣】ベトナムでのお月見(中秋節)は子どもが主役?

In Japan, we hold moon viewing activities on the “15th night”, also called “the harvest moon” which was 8/15...

Why are children so attached to their stuffed animals?

子どもがぬいぐるみに執着するのはなぜ? フランスのドゥ-ドゥ-からみたぬいぐるみの役割

While many parents are happy that their child is playing and sleeping with their favorite stuffed animals, t...

English songs make learning English fun! – How parents can incorporate them

英語の歌で子どもを英語好きに! 取り入れ方のポイントとは?

Did you know that listening to English songs is an effective way to learn English? Research shows that Engli...

When should my child start swimming lessons?

スイミングはいつから習わせる? 子どもにとってベストなタイミングとは

Swimming is a popular activity for young children. According to one survey, more than 25% of children learn ...

Why do kids get chills while sleeping? How parents can help them sleep through the night.

子どもは寝冷えしやすい?! 夏の夜にぐっすり眠るためのコツ

On hot summer nights, many children get cold in bed when they sleep in an air-conditioned room. However, wit...

【Customs of Children Abroad】”Summer Camp” in America

【外国の子どもの習慣】アメリカの夏休み「サマーキャンプ」

Most schools in America have a long summer vacation which lasts two and a half months, from early June un...

Could that runny nose be a cold allergy? – Symptoms and remedies for children due to temperature differences

その鼻水、寒暖差アレルギーかも?! 子どもに起きやすい寒暖差による症状と対処法

Many people feel fatigue on days when the temperature varies greatly, or when the air conditioner causes a t...

The Advantages and Disadvantages of Participating in English Language Events

英語力アップの効果はある? 英語イベント参加のメリット&デメリット 

During long vacations, such as summer vacation, many English language events are held throughout Japan. Many...

How playing with blocks is educational. Introducing 3 items that add to the educational value.

ブロック遊びを知育に役立てたい! 学習効果が見込めるブロックの遊びネタ3つ

Blocks have been popular with children from infancy to after school for many decades. Research has shown tha...

How to prepare for your child’s water play debut to avoid panic

公園での水遊びデビュー 慌てないための準備と注意点は?

Most children love playing in the water. Some parents are even planning on bringing their children for their...

【From Egypt】Education & Popular Games around the World

【エジプト編】外国の教育事情と子どもに人気の遊び

Few people in Japan know much about Egypt other than that it is a tourist destination for pyramid sightseein...

What are the most common personality traits of an only child? How to develop their strengths and overcome their weaknesses

一人っ子に多い性格の特徴とは? 長所を伸ばし短所を克服しよう 

Due to the trend of women marrying later in life and the financial burden of child rearing, more and more co...

Why is my Child Eating Poorly? What are the causes and remedies?

子どもの食が細いのはなぜ? 原因と対処方法

Even though parents plan meals around their child everyday, they often worry that their child is not eating ...

What benefits does having an interest in living things bring to children?

生き物への興味が子どもにもたらすメリットとは?

In recent years, most children have fewer opportunities to come in contact with living things in their daily...

What Parents Can Do to Help their Child Become Quick-witted from Early Childhood

子どもの頭の回転を良くしたい! 幼児期に親ができること

Being quick-witted is beneficial in business and personal situations after entering the workforce. This is w...

【From Iceland】Popular Children’s Games from Around the World

【アイスランド編】外国の教育事情と子どもに人気の遊び

Iceland is a small island country on the outskirts of Europe. Although the country is not well known in Japa...

How to handle children who make a fuss when they have to leave

公園遊びを切り上げられない! 気持ちの切り替えが苦手な子どもへの対処法

Many children have a hard time moving from one activity to another activity. Most parents have experienced w...

The benefits of drawing and how parents can encourage them

お絵描きが子どもに与える効果と「親の見守り方」

Drawing is popular because it enhances children’s self-esteem. However, to become good at drawing, it is imp...

How parents can encourage their shy child to play with other children

公園でお友達と遊べない! 人見知りの子どもの対処法

Many parents get worried when they see their child in the corner and unable to play with friends at the park...

Tips for encouraging speaking in young children

子どもの発語が待ち遠しい! 発語の促し方ヒント

Children often start speaking around one years old. However, the timing may vary from person to person based...

【From Costa Rica】Educational conditions and Popular Games

【コスタリカ共和国編】外国の教育事情と子どもに人気の遊び

Located in southern Central America, facing the Pacific Ocean to the south and the Caribbean Sea to the nort...

What strengths can children develop through the camp experience?

キャンプ体験を通して育つ子どもの力とは?

In recent years, camping has become increasingly popular and more and more families with young children are ...

Age-appropriate Pretend Play Ideas

ごっこ遊びの年齢別特徴と発展アイデア

Children enjoy pretend play during which they pretend to be make-believe characters or the adults around the...

Which “Spatial Awareness” skills should be nurtured in early childhood?

幼児期に育てたい「空間認識能力」とは?

Spatial awareness is the ability to accurately recognize the position, orientation, shape, and size of objec...

What are the keys to successful separation at school? – Tips for Parents

慣らし保育の成功の鍵は? 親が知っておきたい注意点

When a child joins a nursery school/preschool for the first time, many schools provide a “gradual entry peri...

【From Estonia】Popular Games & Educational Conditions Around the World

【エストニア編】外国の教育事情と子どもに人気の遊び

Estonia, which is one of the Baltic States bordering Russia and Latvia, has a population of approximately 1....

What can parents do to prevent vision loss in their children?

子どもの視力低下を防ぐために親ができること 

In the past, vision problems in children usually occurred in junior high and high school. However, in recent...

Why do children have trouble expressing their feelings and opinions? How can parents help them?

子どもが自分の気持ちや意見を言えないのはなぜ? かかわり方のポイントを紹介

Parents are often concerned when their child cannot express their opinions and continues to answer questions...

How to develop “reading comprehension skills” when reading picture books 

すべての教科に必要となる「読解力」 幼児のうちに絵本を用いて育てる方法とは? 

In the 2018 Survey of International Student Achievement (PISA) Japan’s rank dropped from 8th to 15th showing...

How can parents encourage their children to imitate them?

子どもの発達に繋がる「真似ること」を促す条件とは?

Research shows that imitation plays a major role in children’s development. Therefore, younger children who ...

【From Hawaii】Education and Popular Children’s Games Around the World

【ハワイ編】外国の教育事情と子どもに人気の遊び

Hawaii has a more multi-ethnic population than other states in the U.S. At public schools, students learn a ...

What are the benefits of toddlers learning phonics? What is the best way to teach them?

幼児期にフォニックスを習得するメリットと教え方

In English-speaking countries, young children learn “phonics” just like Japanese people learn hiragana from ...

How much exercise does a toddler need? How to get your toddler to exercise for 60 minutes a day.

幼児に必要な運動は? 毎日60分運動をさせるためのヒント

Research shows that children who spend more time playing outside have better motor skills. The standard dail...

Why do children eat slowly? How can parents prevent it?

子どもの食べるのが遅い原因は? 試してみたい改善方法 

Many parents complain about how their children act during mealtime. Such as, “My child doesn’t eat well”, “I...

At What Age Should Children Start Studying English? What is the best learning environment?

英語は何歳から始めたらいい? 子どもにベストな英語環境とは

In recent years, English conversation schools have become more and more popular and many parents encourage t...

【From Turkey】3 Popular Children’s Games from Around the World

【トルコ編】外国の子どもに人気の遊び3つ

Located between Europe and Asia, Turkey is often called the bridge between the West and the East and its cul...

What are the causes of growing pains and how can they be relieved?

夜に足の痛みを訴える子どもにどう対処する? 成長痛の原因と痛みを和らげる方法

Some children complain of leg pain at night. If parents do not see any evidence of bruising or injury and th...

Is it safe to let your child use an educational tablet? What should you know about digital learning materials and how to use them?

知育系タブレットを子どもに使わせて大丈夫? 知っておきたいデジタル教材の注意点と上手な付き合いかた

Data shows that there has been an increase in the number of educational tablets for young children on the ma...

Why are children so fascinated with collecting rocks? How can parents respond without squashing their curiosity?

子どもが石集めに夢中になるのはなぜ? 好奇心を潰さない理想的な対応とは 

Many children enjoy collecting rocks when they play outside. Sometimes, they even ask their parents to help ...

Are parents responsible for their child’s inability to develop communication skills?

子どものコミュニケーション能力が育たないのは親のせい!?

Since communication with others is an important part of life, many parents are concerned about their childre...

[From Saudi Arabia] 4 Popular Children’s Games from Around the World

【サウジアラビア編】外国の子どもに人気の遊び4つ

Saudi Arabia is an Islamic country located near the equator in the Middle East. There are currently more tha...

Children develop thinking skills by “talking”. What are the other benefits of talking?

子どもは「話す」ことで思考力が育つ! おしゃべりの効果とは

For young children, “talking”,which parents and children usually do naturally, is an effective way of improv...

Why do children suck their fingers? What can parents do to help prevent it?

子どもの指しゃぶりの原因は? 親がしてあげられる対処法

Many parents become worried when their child continues to suck their thumb (other fingers). Although it is a...

How does a “feeling of excitement and playfulness” promote child development?

“ワクワク感”が子どもの発達を促す! 「プレイフル」が大切な理由

When a child is motivated, he is more likely to try something new. The feeling of excitement children feel w...

What are the SOS signs of stress in children? What can parents do about it?

子どものストレスのSOSサインとは? 親ができる対処法

These days, more and more children are feeling stressed due to the many restrictions placed on them in their...

【From Argentina】3 Popular Games from Around the World

【アルゼンチン編】外国の子どもに人気の遊び3つ

Argentina, located at the southern tip of the South American continent and connected to the Andes Mountains,...

The importance of Parent-Child conversation when nurturing your child’s “unbreakable spirit”!

子どもの「折れにくい心」を育てるには? 親子の会話がカギ!

In recent years, the number of children who are sensitive and have low stress tolerance has been increasing....

Let’s make a craft with toilet paper rolls!

身近なトイレットペーパーで! 親子で工作遊びをしよう

Doing crafts with your child is a great indoor activity that can be done when you are hanging out at home. I...

Are colorful toys educational? What are the benefits of incorporating them?

カラフルなおもちゃは知育効果がある? 取り入れるメリット

Many of the toys children love to play with are colorful. This is because colorful toys have an educational ...

Let’s enjoy Board Games as a family – They are fun and educational!

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“Board games” that can be enjoyed by parents and children have become popular in recent years. Did you know ...

【From Brazil】3 Popular Games from Around the World

【ブラジル編】外国の子どもに人気の遊び3つ

Brazil is known for its glamorous and active culture, such as the Rio Carnival, the Olympics and soccer. Bra...

What are the benefits of learning programming for children?

必修化したプログラミングの効果とは? 子どもが学ぶメリット

Programming became compulsory in Japanese elementary schools in 2020. What are the benefits of teaching chi...

5 fun experiments that nurture curiosity and an interest in science!

子どもの好奇心を育てる! 科学を楽しむ「実験遊び」5つ

Activities like making slime or creating mysterious pictures that float on water stimulate curiosity and exp...

Teaching your child how to think — The benefits of asking your child to help with cleaning

考える力が身に着く? 子どもに掃除を手伝ってもらうメリット

When children see their parents cleaning, they are often interested in helping out. Letting your child help ...

How to enjoy an at-home picnic and spend quality time as a family

おうちピクニックでお出かけ気分を満喫! 親子で楽しむコツは?

With going out becoming more difficult due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, families are looking for activi...

【From South Korea】3 Popular Children’s Games from Around the World

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In South Korea, a neighboring country to Japan, families place a strong emphasis on academic achievement in ...

How can parents encourage their child to think “mathematically”?

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In our global, technology-focused society, people need to think mathematically, which includes using simple ...

Enjoy dancing with your child at home! Let’s explore its physical benefits!

おうち時間こそ「親子ダンス」を楽しもう! 体を動かすメリット

With the current COVID-19 pandemic and families staying home more, many parents are concerned their child is...

Why are children picky eaters? What can parents do about it?

子どもが偏食をする原因は? 親ができる対策法

Parents want their children to eat everything they are served but many times children have likes and dislike...

How to nurture your child’s sensitivity through picture books?

子どもの感受性が育つ! しかけ絵本の選び方のポイントは?

Children love picture books because they can enjoy the sounds, textures and various characters that pop up. ...

【From Indonesia】3 Popular Children’s Games from Around the World

【インドネシア編】外国の子どもに人気の遊び3つ

Consisting of more than 10,000 islands, Indonesia is known as a nation of multiple races and religions. 85% ...

How to develop empathy in children and why it is important

子どもの共感力を育てよう! 重要性と育て方について

It is great when children (and adults) are able to relate to the feelings of people around them who are in n...

4 Effective Ways to Put Children Down for a Nap

昼寝しない子どもの上手な寝かしつけ方法4選

Many parents get frustrated when their child doesn’t nap. It is especially frustrating when their child stop...

Why do children not nap, even though naps are important for them?

子どもにとって大切な昼寝! しない理由は?

Naps are very important for children. However, some children dislike taking naps and try to avoid them. This...

Why do children write mirror letters? What can parents do to fix the problem?

子どもが鏡文字を書く原因は? 直すべき? 親がすべき行動について

Children often become interested in letters through picture books and try to write them. Although it is fun ...

【From Hong Kong】Popular Games Among Foreign Children

【香港編】外国の子どもに人気の遊び2つ

Hong Kong is a popular tourist destination and is said to have one of the highest academic standards in the ...

How to improve your child’s “non-cognitive” abilities and expand his/her possibilities for the future

将来の可能性がどんどん広がる! 子どもの「非認知能力」の育て方とは

“Non-cognitive” ability is attracting attention as an important ability to acquire to succeed in life. Resea...

What are the characteristics of “Non-Cognitive Ability”? Why is it receiving attention around the world?

世界で注目されている「非認知能力」とは? その特徴や種類をご紹介!

“Non-cognitive ability” is currently attracting attention around the world. Human abilities can be broadly d...

The Effects of Incorporating Tactile Play from a Young Age

脳を刺激するって本当? 幼児期から取り入れたい「感触遊び」の効果

Tactile play encourages children to touch and enjoy objects with various textures and feels. It is beneficia...

Summer Festival Activities to Enjoy at Home this Summer

家で「おうち縁日」を楽しもう! 子どもが喜ぶアイディアや遊び方4つ

In Japan, it is common to have many outdoor summer festivals for children to enjoy. However, this summer it ...

【From Taiwan】Popular Games From Around the World

【台湾編】外国の子どもに人気の遊び3つ

Taiwan is located very close to Japan, only about 100km from Yonaguni Island in Okinawa. The country’s offic...

【From India】Popular Children’s Games from Around the World

【インド編】外国の子どもに人気の遊び4つ

India has become known as an “IT Powerhouse” in recent years and more and more Indians are active in global ...

How to help your child develop their 5 senses – Some techniques for parents and children to try

子どもの五感を育てる方法とは? 親子で実践できる五感磨きテクニック

To promote the development of children’s brain nerve cells, it is important to stimulate their five senses i...

3 Tips for Helping your Child Improve their “Self-Affirmation”

子どもの「自己肯定感」を高めるために親が気をつけたいポイント3つ

Children need “self-affirmation” to grow into healthy adults. The behavior of parents and other adults in a ...

When should children start sleeping on their own? Here are some tips for sleep training and room preparation.

子どもが一人で寝るのはいつから? 一人寝の練習方法や部屋作りのコツ

Although it is common in Japanese families for small children to sleep with their parents, in many countries...

Let’s look at the benefits of walking in the rain with your child

雨の日にこそ子どもと「お散歩」を楽しもう! メリットや注意点を解説

Many parents choose to play indoors with their child when it is raining. It is true that playing outside in ...

What are the benefits of [Reading Out Loud in English]?

子どもにぜひ実践させたい! 「英語の音読」がもたらす良い影響とは?

Reading sentences out loud is an effective way to learn a language. At many elementary schools in Japan, chi...

What should parents be aware of when reading English books to their children?

子どもに英語の絵本を読み聞かせたい! 親が意識するべきポイントは?

Reading picture books with your child has many advantages, such as language acquisition and parent-child com...

7 Popular Indoor Games for 1-year-olds to Enjoy During the Rainy Season

梅雨の時期でも退屈せずに過ごせる! 1歳児におすすめの室内遊び7選

Although most 1-year-olds can walk and talk their actions are still limited. During the rainy season, it is ...

【1~4yrs】Are there changes in the “No Phase” based on your child’s age?

【1歳~4歳】子どものイヤイヤ期は年齢によって変化するって本当?

Most children go through a “No Phase”. Of course, some children have a mild “No Phase” but it is a phase tha...

【From Vietnam】4 Popular Children Games From Around the World

【ベトナム編】外国の子どもに人気の遊び4つ

Vietnam, a Southeast Asian country facing the South China Sea, is famous for its beautiful sea and Buddhist ...

What are the benefits of building blocks for children?

積み木が子どもに与える効果とは? 遊ぶメリットについて

Building blocks are a standard toy that has been enjoyed by children for generations. Many parents let their...

What is “clothing education” and what are its benefits for children?

巷で話題の「服育」とは? 子どもにどのようなメリットがある?

In recent years, children’s education methods such as “food education” and “brain education” have become pop...

Why is it important for children to have curiosity? How can parents encourage it?

子どもの好奇心が大切なのはなぜ? 好奇心を育てる方法とは?

The buds of curiosity in children begin to sprout when they are babies. Curiosity is required not only for e...

Why is online English learning popular? What are the pros and cons?

E-learning,Give,Preschool,Kids,Perfect,Study,Resource.,Asia,Cute,Sweet

In recent years, the demand for online English conversation classes has been increasing due to changes in so...

【From Thailand】4 Popular Children’s Games

【タイ編】外国の子どもに人気の遊び4つ

Thailand is a country in Southeast Asia which is called “The Land of Smiles”. It is famous for its exotic cu...

What is “Coordination Training” and why is it receiving attention?

今注目の、運動神経を伸ばす「コーディネーショントレーニング」とは?

Have you heard of “coordination training” which is attracting attention as a type of sports training for chi...

How to stop your child from biting his/her nails and what causes it

子どもの爪を噛む癖を止めさせたい! 原因と対処法は?

Many children have a habit of biting their nails. According to a survey by a Canadian University, one in thr...

Advantages of Wooden Toys for Children

子どもに木育を! 木のおもちゃのメリット

The terms “___ education”, such as food education, intellectual education, clothing education, are often use...

How to raise a tenacious and successful child

成功者の条件! 「粘り強い子ども」の育て方

“GRIT” is regarded as the most important characteristic of American education. Mark Zuckerberg defines “GRIT...

【From Singapore】3 Popular Children’s Games From Around the World

【シンガポール編】外国の子どもに人気の遊び3つ

Singapore is known as a multinational and safe country in Southeast Asia with good economic conditions. The ...

What is “Good Child Syndrome”? What are its causes and how can parents prevent it from happening?

Sad,Child,,Boy,,Sitting,On,A,Window,Shield,,Watching,The

In today’s stressful society, not only adults but even children feel stress and pressure. Depending on his/h...

What is the “Golden Age”? – The relationship between a child’s age and his/her motor skills

Many,Happy,Kids,Run,Together,With,Kite,On,Sunny,Summer

The “Golden Age” is known as the period when children’s motor nerves are said to grow dramatically. During t...

Which method of praise is most beneficial for children? Let’s see!

Mother,And,Daughter,Doing,Homework,Together,At,Table,Indoors

People often say it is a good idea for parents to praise their children when they are growing up. However, i...

When should parents first enroll their children in lessons?

Happy,Small,Girl,With,The,Piano,Keyboard

Many parents want their children to experience a variety of lessons as they grow up. After hearing that thei...

【From Greece】4 Popular Kids Games from Around the World

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Greece is well known as the birthplace of Western civilization and its capital city, Athens, has many archaeol...

What to teach your child about the origin and meaning of “Valentine’s Day”

子どもに教えてあげたい! 「バレンタインデー」の意味や由来とは?

In Japan, Valentine’s Day is known as “the day when women give chocolates to men”. However, few people know ...

What are the benefits of attending gymnastics classes for children?

体操教室が子どもに与える効果とは? どのようなメリットがある?

Gymnastics is a popular activity among young children. Some parents send their children to gymnastics classe...

What do parents need to prepare for potty training? Let’s prepare and have fun!

トイレトレーニングに必要なものって? 準備をして楽しく挑戦しよう!

 Many parents start to think about potty training when their children are around 2-3 years old. Toilet training can...

Developing your concentration! Introducing the “Puzzle teaching method” which keeps children’s interest!

集中力を養える! 子どもの興味を引き出す「パズルの教え方」とは?

Puzzles are simple games that you can enjoy with your child. Although puzzles with many pieces may be too di...

[From Hungary】Popular Children’s Games from Around the World

【ハンガリー編】外国の子どもに人気の遊び3つ

Hungary is a European country next to Austria and Romania. Unlike the Japanese educational system, in Hungar...

Fun Indoor Activities the Whole Family Can Enjoy Over the New Year’s Holiday!

Fun Indoor Activities the Whole Family Can Enjoy Over the New Year’s Holiday!

Did you know there are many indoor activities that families can enjoy over the New Year’s holiday? Please co...

The Benefits for Children of Crafting with Teared Paper

The Benefits for Children of Crafting with Teared Paper

The Japanese craft, “Chigiri-e”, is created by tear up colored paper and gluing it on paper to make a pictur...

Do your comments influence your child’s motivation?

Do your comments influence your child’s motivation?

A child’s motivation is the driving force behind everything he/she does. However, research shows that this m...

Three Easy Snacks to Make with Your Child in the Microwave!

Three Easy Snacks to Make with Your Child in the Microwave!

Spending more time at home, more families are enjoying cooking and baking with their children. However, some...

【From Finland】Popular Children’s Games from Around the World

【From Finland】Popular Children’s Games from Around the World

Finland, a Scandinavian country, is known as “the happiest country in the world”. This happiness is thought ...

Are you destroying your child’s ideas?

子供の発想力を潰していませんか? 

Many parents believe that as long as their child develops a healthy body and mind it is OK. However, whe...

Tips for getting children in the habit of studying at home from a young age

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Many parents focus on physical development rather than studying until their child finishes the first yea...

“Review” is an important part of studying for children! Check out our tips on efficient ways for your child to review what he/she has learned.

子供の学習には「復習」が重要! 効率のよい復習方法をチェックしよう

In order for us to remember what we have learned, it is important that we take the time to review. If yo...

Does one’s parents’ level of interest in English affect their child’s English ability?

「子どもの英語教育」と「親の英語に対する関心」は関係する?

The ability to speak and understand English is becoming more and more important for Japanese children. R...