Whether it’s visiting Grandma and Grandpa in a neighboring state or heading to snow fun in the mountains, families of multi-age children are going to have a unique set of preparations to make to ensure that the car, bus, train or plane ride is fun and stress-free. In this post, we offer tips for wintertime […]
Having children brings so much enjoyment and fulfillment to our lives. Unfortunately, kids can also leave our bank accounts dwindling. As children get older, new expenses come into play: sports fees, after school care, technology, school supplies, summer camps, and clothes for their rapidly growing bodies. But there are ways to save some coin here […]
As parents, we work hard every day to teach our children to be kind, empathetic, and respectful of others. Unfortunately, we can’t always be there to navigate their every social interaction. Bullying is something present in almost any situation with kids and can start as early as kindergarten. Bullying can range from teasing, to […]
Shopping with preschoolers has its challenges, but it’s also a teaching opportunity and a chance to bond with your child over every day routines.
It’s exciting to see your baby start to become a child. They’re a little more independent, able to focus on a particular activity and even entertain themselves for short periods of time. Even though she’s getting older, she still needs lots of attention. Everyone does. Children need attention to survive – without it they won’t […]
The phone rang midway through the morning, two days after my granddaughter’s birth and hours before the prescribed ‘discharge time’ from the hospital maternity unit. My daughter’s quiet voice came over the phone line. “Mom, I’m afraid.” “Of what, honey?” “Mom, I can’t do this. The nurse just came in, they want me to get […]
The positive benefits of breast feeding and breast milk are well-known, well-researched and well-documented. In Oregon, more than 90% of women plan to breast feed their baby. For most women, the decision of how to feed their newborn is made while they are pregnant and put into action once the baby is born.
Sensory bins can be used to support many areas of a child’s development, including social and emotional. While using the sensory bin, children of different ages and developmental levels can play together, practice sharing and taking turns and collaborate with one another. Additionally, sensory play calms the brain, making it easier to focus and learn, and because there is no ‘right way’ to play, all children can feel successful.
Curriculum Enhancement: We suggest using the exercise at the end of Module 1 of the Make Parenting A Pleasure curriculum, following the brief discussion about parents’ expectations and needs on page 16. My Child’s Suitcase: Visualization and Exercise The suitcase exercise helps parents identify the values and goals they have for their children. Starting the group […]
Discipline as Teaching and Learning/Using the Four Questions: Discussion In the Make Parenting A Pleasure curriculum, we help parents understand that discipline is about teaching children. To help parents understand this concept, discuss the qualities of a helpful teacher. Time: 40 minutes Material: Markers and The Four Question cards provided in the Make Parenting A Pleasure Ready […]