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Best Educational Apps for Preschoolers

March 18, 2019  |  Categories: Child Development, Parent Resources

Screen time is a hot topic among parents, especially after the American Academy of Pediatrics recently changed their recommendations. The current amount of recommended screen time for children between 2-5 years of age is no more than one hour per day. The AAP suggests ensuring that screen time is used on high-quality programs and games….

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Potty Training: All You Need to Know

February 11, 2019  |  Categories: Child Development, Parent Resources

Potty training probably wasn’t on your mind when you welcomed your newborn into the world. Remember changing your baby’s diaper for the first time? It’s an exciting moment for new parents– figuring out how to get those teeny tiny diapers on a flailing little body. You probably mastered diaper changes after a few weeks, and…

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Is Your Child Ready for Preschool?

January 21, 2019  |  Categories: Child Development, Preschool Preparedness

Now is the time when most schools start offering open houses and launch enrollment for preschool programs. You’ve visited multiple preschools, met with program coordinators, and finally found the right fit for your family. Now that you’ve chosen a program, how do you prepare your child to start preschool this fall? Communicate Early Preschool is…

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Gratitude over Greed this Christmas

December 3, 2018  |  Categories: Behavior, Child Development
Gratitude Over Greed

More than any other time, Christmas may foster an “I Want” attitude in your children. While  sharing their wishes with family, friends, and Santa, you may worry your child’s endless list borders on greed.  Many families hope to encourage gratitude and giving each holiday season–fostering the old adage “it is more blessed to give than…

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The Best Sensory Activities for Toddlers

May 14, 2018  |  Categories: Activities, Child Development, Parent and Child Activities

Sensory activities are activities that stimulate one or more of the five senses: touch, sight, sound, smell, and taste. Such activities introduce children to new textures, tastes, smells, and more, allowing children to observe and experiment new things in a safe, familiar environment. We’ve put together a list of some of the best sensory activities…

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How to Be More Thankful This Thanksgiving

November 20, 2017  |  Categories: Activities, Child Development, Parent Resources
Teaching kids to be thankful

Parents often worry these days that they are not raising grateful kids. Thanksgiving is an excellent chance to reinforce thankfulness for all we’ve been given and enjoy in our homes and communities. Here are three simple suggestions to help your home cultivate more thankfulness this Thanksgiving. Thanks Around the Table Most families honor the holiday…

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5 iPad Apps to Promote Toddler Learning

June 5, 2017  |  Categories: Child Development, General Child Care, Parent Resources
IPad apps for toddler learning

It’s no secret that iPads provide a means to fabulous educational tools for children, and kids typically love the visual, auditory, and hands-on stimulation they provide. So why not use yours to keep the learning going all summer with these fun iPad apps that suit toddler temperaments–and long car rides? Endless Alphabet This hands-on app allows…

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Parenting Tips for Extroverted Kids

May 1, 2017  |  Categories: Behavior, Child Development, Parent Resources
How to Parent Extroverted Kids

For introverted parents who appreciate quiet and reflection, having an extroverted child who talks a lot and craves personal interaction can be exhausting. However, by understanding certain extrovert characteristics, you can make parenting decisions that foster both of your personalities and enhance your relationship. Take a Time Out It is an introvert’s natural tendency to…

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