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Hitting, Kicking, Biting and Hair Pulling

by Elizabeth Pantley author of The No-Cry Discipline Solution (McGraw-Hill 2007) Children resort to aggressive behaviors because of a lack of wisdom and self-control. It is not a sign that a child is hateful or mean. Kids are human beings and human beings will get angry, we can’t prevent that. What we can do is […]

Tips for Putting Your Child to Bed

by Patti Teel Getting your child to sleep is about much more than what happens once they get into bed. Here are some ways to establish a healthy bedtime routine each and every night: Make sure bedtime is at the same time every night. Children feel safe and are much more likely to be good […]

Sneaky Fun; Play With Your Kids and Still Get the Job Done

by Colleen Langenfeld “Mom, I’m bored!” “Dad, play with me!!” Sound familiar? If you’re a parent, these plaintive cries from your children can become daily shouts. As busy moms and dads, we’re continuously torn by the demands on our time. Here are some simple ways to spend time with your kids while getting the jobs […]

PlayDate Initiative

By Michell Muldoon It Takes Initiative To Get Kids To Play Play is a rare luxury for most kids in this country. In today’s world, children live a life that is over-scheduled. Children go from school, to after-hours day care, sports, music and dance lessons or other types of after-school activities. There are also the […]

PlayDate Etiquette

By Michell Muldoon The Basics Children today don’t really just “play” anymore. The main reason for this is that, sadly, our lives have become so ridiculously over-booked that even children’s play is relegated to the infrequent openings on family calendars. More importantly, spontaneous, innocent and adventurous play time is no longer a real option for […]

Learning Through Senses – The Key To A Child’s Development

by News Canada (NC)—The first few years of a child’s life are full of new and exciting experiences that are absorbed like a sponge through the five senses: touch, taste, smell, sight and sound. From birth, newborns are bombarded with a busy world that they must learn to master. It is the senses that pave […]

It’s OK For Your Child To Be Bored. In Fact, It’s Recommended!

by Alan M. Hess Strange as it may sound, boredom promotes happier, creative kids who are better problem solvers. When children use their own creativity with unstructured play, they find ways to amuse themselves — even if it means simply daydreaming. That’s the advice of child development expert, Alan M. Hess who wants to see […]

How Children Learn

by Shelley Ruiz Nurture and Teach The single most important thing caregivers can do for a child is provide a nurturing environment. By doing this, we influence children’s brain development and their ability to learn. Introducing nurtured children to learning opportunities every day will help them become happy, well-adjusted adults. In all stages of child […]

Get Down (On The Floor!) And Play With Your Children

by Heidi Hoff When was the last time you and your kids rolled around on the floor together laughing yourselves silly? If you’re like me, it may have been a while! Sometimes I get caught up in household chores, give errands a priority or answer the phone when I know I should let it ring, […]

Bringing the Lessons Home

By Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, PhD, Roberta Michnick Golinkoff, PhD, and Diane Eyer, PhD How can we help children blossom socially and emotionally? Read on for some specific tips. Look for opportunities to discuss other people’s feelings By explaining how other people would feel if a particular act occurred, you teach your child to take the perspective […]

The Top 10 Fun Things for Parents and Toddlers to Play With

by Dr. Clare Albright Give your child a spray bottle of water and watch them spray every possible thing outside of the house! Use shaving cream in the bathtub for extra fun. It is usually possible to find cans of shaving cream that cost only a dollar each. Remember that Barney dolls, Sesame Street dolls, […]

Natural Toys for Creative Play

by Dana Johnson, MSW Think back for a moment to your childhood. What was your favorite thing to play? What did you pretend for hours on end? When parents are asked this question, almost without exception we discover that our favorite play scenarios were those we created out of our imaginations. We were mommies feeding […]

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