• Simple Ways to Teach Mindfulness to Young Children

    March 15, 2018

    Mindfulness exercises can help children to be aware of their surroundings and in touch with their feelings. Here are some tips on how to encourage children to take in the moment.   Listen to the bell. An easy way for children to practice mindfulness is to focus on paying attention to what they can hear. You…Read More

  • Giving Kids Responsibilities

    March 8, 2018

    Here are some ideas for age-appropriate tasks that can children can be held accountable for and complete with some caregiver help. Toddler: Put away their toys when they are finished with them. You can make this into a brain building moment by asking they put all blue toys in one bin, all yellow ones in…Read More

  • Violence in the Media

    March 1, 2018

    With the heavy presence of technology in today’s world, it seems like scenes of violence are more available than ever. Studies show that when children are exposed to violence in video games, books, movies, and other types of media they are more likely to engage in violent behavior themselves. Thankfully, caregivers can protect their kids…Read More

  • Imaginary Friends

    February 22, 2018

      There is no harm in having an imaginary friend. In fact, research shows that having an imaginary friend is linked to increased creativity later in life, as well as strong verbal skills and a good understanding of social interactions. Imaginary friends serve many important functions. They are trustworthy. All children have secrets and want…Read More

  • Encouraging Friendships

    February 15, 2018

    Friendships are one of the most important and valuable parts of childhood Here are a few ways to help support your child’s friendships… 1. Model that you care. Let your child know that you feel friendships are important and worth the effort. Get to know your child’s friends – remaining involved in your child’s social…Read More

  • Hand-Games and Self-Control

    February 7, 2018

    Check out these videos from Vroom which demonstrate how children can strengthen self-control and build their working memories by engaging in hand games. Learning self-control is essential to achieving long-term goals, as it allows children to take a step back and think about their actions. If we acted on impulses alone we would likely regret…Read More

  • Meltdowns With Preschoolers

    February 1, 2018

    This week’s tip is provided by our friends at  The Mind in the Making team at the Bezos Family Foundation has an unusual view of meltdowns. After years of reviewing the research on the science of learning and brain development, they look beyond just disciplining your children and see meltdowns and other issues like this as…Read More

  • How Shy Is Too Shy?

    January 25, 2018

    This week’s tip is provided by our friends at the Child Mind Institute      It is common for young children to be a little shy sometimes, especially when they are around strangers. Young children might seem withdrawn or anxious in new social situations, but after a brief warm-up period they are able to join…Read More

  • Playing Pretend

    January 18, 2018

      Play is connected to children’s learning, more so than direct instruction  When children learn something from experiencing it, they learn it faster and more meaningfully When children are instructed to believe that there is only one right answer, or to use rote memory, they don’t learn how to learn, or that learning can be…Read More

  • Different Parent, Different Style

    January 11, 2018

    What if Both Parents Have Different Ideas About Parenting? While it is ideal to discuss your ideas and expectations as a “team,” it is inevitable that certain parenting styles and rules will be different between even the most compatible people. Explain to your child that lots of people have different rules. Point out to your…Read More

  • Nurturing Your Daughter’s Self-Esteem

    January 4, 2018

    The start of a new year is a great time to focus on building positive relationships and increasing self-esteem. This is especially important for girls, who often encounter mixed messages from adults, peers and the media. Here are some tips on how you can help nurture your daughter’s self-esteem in 2018… Be a positive role…Read More

  • Nurturing Empathy

    December 21, 2017

    With the Holiday Season in full swing, we all want to teach our children lessons of giving thanks and being grateful. Before concepts of gratitude can be understood, we must begin by nurturing empathy in our children. _______________________________________________________________________ Empathy: Your child’s ability to imagine how someone else is feeling in a particular situation and respond…Read More

  • Responding to Back-Talk and Rude Behavior

    December 14, 2017

    Reduce back-talk with these tips from Seedlings Group.   1. Praise positive dialogue. Pay attention and praise specifically (with some affection too) every time your child speaks to you with respect or calmly when he or she is tired, angry, or frustrate. Reinforce respectful dialogue. 2. Use helping language. “I see you’re upset. Please find a…Read More

  • ‘Tis the Season for Nosebleeds…

    December 7, 2017

    Nosebleeds are common in children and most often are not serious. You can respond to nosebleeds in a way that helps keep your child from getting scared, teaches them how to manage them, and informs them how to prevent future nosebleeds. If your child has a nosebleed the first thing is to remain calm.  You…Read More

  • Itchy but Harmless

    November 30, 2017

    We all prefer worms in the park, but sometimes they end up inside our children! Pinworms are the most common worm infection in the U.S. Infection can occur at any age but is most common in school aged children Pinworms are very small, thin white worms (the length of staple, the width of a thread)…Read More