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Getting Creativity Flowing with your Elementary Schoolers

Giving your children opportunities to express their natural creativity enhances their braindevelopment. When they have fun expressing themselves with activities like music, arts, andcrafts, they learn to actively solve problems and look at situations in new ways.Creative expression is an important part of life! The arts provide opportunities to explore cultureand develop thinking, communication, and ...

Thinking About Winter Safety For Kids

Many parents who had a childhood environment that brimmed with bountiful snow storms each year often marvel at the idea of providing the identical whimsical winter they experienced down to their children. We are excited about the prospect of seeing them fly down their first sledding hill, flop down on the ground to make snow ...

Sharing is Caring

Toddlers are just beginning to learn about ownership and belongings, so sharing is a difficult skill to master. In their mind, your toddler is the center of the world (or at least your world!) so working with others and sharing toys is a big concept for them to understand. They may grab things, push other ...

Combating The Winter Blues

The winter season brings the company of gray skies, dropping temperatures, and a departing sun. This transition can pose a precarious, difficult situation for parents. You may witness a drastic change of moods in your child. Fortunately, this is a common issue that many families experience each year: you are not alone. With preparation, routine, ...
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Making Shopping With Your Preschooler a Breeze

  Bringing your young kids along for a shopping trip can be a rewarding experience for the entire family, but it can come with challenges. Young children are still in the process of learning how to manage their emotions and behaviors, especially in new and unfamiliar situations like shopping. Without your guidance, your preschooler might ...

Developing Screentime Routines

  Developing Screen Time Routines These days it's to be expected that toddlers will have at least some screen time, and that's okay! Phones and tablets are a part of everyday family life and can be included in a healthy lifestyle for your child. Guidelines from The American Academy of Pediatrics include encouraging parents with ...

Back to School Behaviors

What to do when your child is acting out at school? School has been back in session for a little while now, and you think your child is doing great! But then you get a phone call from the teacher about some troubling behavior, and find out that they've been acting out at school - ...

Fun Fall Crafts!

The leaves are falling, school is in full swing, and the weather is changing! This season brings about a lot of change, including keeping your kids indoors more with the rain and cold. Try one of these fun fall crafts to keep them - and you! - busy on your next rainy Sunday inside.  PAPER ...

Balancing Work and Family

As summer starts to wind down and families begin to adjust their school/work schedules, it's important to consider how you balance work and family. Often, balancing work and family can feel challenging because stress from one may pour into the other. Ideally, your goal is that you feel calm and controlled regarding your time both ...

Preparing Your Kids for Back to School

As summer winds down, some kids feel excited about school coming up and some feel anxious, but all kids sense that a shift in routine is coming, and that can bring up some big emotions. The good news is that, as a parent, there are some things you can do to help your children manage ...
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Take a Road Trip This Summer

Summer is already busy, so why should you prioritize taking a road trip with your young kids? The answer is simple - because life is busy. Road trips don't have to be big or elaborate to make a big impact on your kids! Road trips are a time to connect. The act of driving to ...

Having Visitors

  Having visitors in your home feels like it should be a fun and exciting event, so why are your preschool aged kids acting out during this time? Kids will often be excited about having friends over to play, but having someone else in their home can be stressful for kids.  Sometimes they may respond ...
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