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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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Grow Your Child’s Imagination with Reading

March 6, 2017  |  Categories: Activities, Child Development, General Child Care, Parent Resources
Grow your child's imagination with reading

Children’s minds are fertile grounds of imagination. They readily accept make-believe worlds and have no room in their minds for the impossible. But the restrictions of today’s busy world can sometimes mean our children’s imaginations are not given the time they need to grow and develop. Reading aloud with your child is a wonderful way…

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3 iPad Apps to Prep for Kindergarten

February 27, 2017  |  Categories: Child Development, Parent Resources
the best iPad apps to prep your child for kindergarten

Kindergarten readiness can vary widely from child to child. Some kids enter kindergarten reading fluently and solving simple math problems. Other children enter with basic phonic and counting skills. These young children are maturing at different rates, and kindergarten becomes a level playing field as all children need this year to build basic academic and interpersonal…

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