• Summertime Arts and Crafts

    August 9, 2018

    We hope you’re spending the summer being creative! This DIY photo frame is a great way for kids to turn their nature walk into a work of art. Arts and crafts are a great way to encourage creativity, decision-making and self-expression. Next time you and your child go for a walk, ask them to pick…Read More

  • A Parent’s Guide to Staying Calm

    August 2, 2018

    No matter how wonderful your child is, every parent is bound to get frustrated or upset every once in a while. Check out our tips below on how to “keep your cool” this summer. 1. Anticipate Triggers With a set routine, it’s sometimes easier for parents to pinpoint the situations that set off their child.…Read More

  • Preparing for a Visit to the Pediatrician

    July 26, 2018

    In the first five years of your child’s life, you will go to the doctor’s office at least 14 times – and that’s not even including sick or emergency visits. Our tips this week will help you get the most out of your visit to the pediatrician. 1. Make a List The doctor’s office can…Read More

  • Dealing with Messy Eaters

    July 19, 2018

    As children learn about food, taste, texture, eating, and table manners, they will often create a mess along the way. Check out our tips on how to deal with messy eaters and encourage good habits.  1. Expect Mess with Toddlers Playing with food is how toddlers explore the world of food and eating. To understand…Read More

  • Traveling with Kids

    July 12, 2018

    With their short attention spans and messy fingers, kids are not always easy to travel with. Check out our tips to keep kids entertained whether you’re traveling via train, plane or automobile. 1. Head to the Library Books are one of the best ways to keep kids entertained (and quiet) while traveling. Before you depart,…Read More

  • Ensuring Water Safety

    June 28, 2018

    Water safety is a top priority during the summer months, as families cool off at a local pool or head to the beach. Children should be both physically prepared for the water and mentally aware of the rules and responsibilities before diving in.   1. Always Supervise Children should never be left to swim unsupervised.…Read More

  • Early Friendships

    June 21, 2018

    Infants and toddlers are typically too young to have the social, emotional, and cognitive abilities necessary to forge friendships, but children start to develop these skills around ages 3 – 5. That’s great timing, because preschool is a great environment for children to learn and practice these relationships. 1. What do early friendships look like?…Read More

  • Raising Grateful Children

    June 14, 2018

    It’s never too late to instill a sense of gratitude in your child.  Start with these tips to encourage your child to show their appreciation.   1. Lead By Example As with most things, kids learn from watching you. When a neighbor helps walk the dog, a waitress serves you food, or a stranger holds…Read More

  • Finding Your Parenting Style

    June 7, 2018

    Becoming an Authoritative Parent Decades of research has shown that the “Authoritative” parent is one that encompasses a balance of  traits. These parents show affection and love to their child, but set clear expectations for their child’s behavior and follow through when those are not met. Rules are explained, and eventually children will figure out…Read More

  • Everyday Math

    May 31, 2018

    We all use basic math language – without even realizing it!  This week’s tip from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) shows us how sorting, measuring, and shapes are all early math skills. Below are five ways how parents can help their children develop early math knowledge from the day they…Read More

  • Teaching Children About Sustainability

    May 24, 2018

    This week, MindBodyGreen shows us some tips on how to reduce, reuse and recycle with your kids. 1. Start By Conserving Water According to the EPA, the average family of four uses 400 gallons of water each day. Although it’s difficult to visualize that large number, your child might enjoy conserving water if it’s introduced…Read More

  • Adjusting to a Summer Routine

    May 17, 2018

    Summer is near! Here are some tips to establish a routine during school vacation. 1. Maintain Some Routines Even though summertime usually includes plenty of relaxing and free time, having some routine can lead to better behavior and stress-free days. When your child can predict their day, they can manage their behavior more effectively. Creating…Read More

  • Responding to Back Talk

    May 10, 2018

    This week, our partners at the Seedlings Group focus on how to respond to back talk and rude behavior. 1. Praise positive dialogue to encourage respectful habits.  Pay attention and praise (with some affection, too!) every time your child speaks to you calmly or with respect when he is tired, angry, or frustrated. It’s hard…Read More

  • Protecting Your Child’s Eyes

    May 3, 2018

    The sun is finally out again, and it’s time to remember the importance of protecting your little one’s eyes. The sooner kids start wearing sunglasses, the better! Protecting eyes from a young age means you are less likely to develop eye issues such as cataracts and macular degeneration (when the retina disintegrates or breaks down)…Read More

  • Helping Anxious Kids

    April 26, 2018

    This week, our colleagues at the Child Mind Institute focus on what to do —and not do — when young children are anxious. 1. Don’t avoid things because they make your child anxious. As parents, it’s natural for us to want to protect children from suffering. But the best way to help kids overcome anxiety…Read More