Children can sometimes believe negative things about themselves. Negative “self-talk” may include thinking they are dumb, ugly, mean, or a bad person. They may say things like “No one likes me,” or “I hate how I look.” It can be hard to hear your child talk this way about themselves, but you can support them […]
After countless hours researching the best car seat for your newborn or high-back booster seat for your toddler, you’ve finally decided on the perfect one. Unboxing it, it is perfectly spotless (that won’t last long) and has that fresh, new car seat smell (again, also won’t last long). It’s perfect. But what do you do […]
Traveling with kids is exciting and has the potential to leave lasting memories, but it can be a lot of work. With some planning and preparation, long car rides can go smoothly. This week, we discuss traveling in cars with children. Bags are packed. Now what? The most common challenge about traveling with children is […]
Parents, teachers and other caregivers can teach and support a child’s social skills during routine activities at home and at school.
Following up on last week’s water safety post, this week we discuss other ways to keep your kids safe in your own backyard. Summer is officially in full swing, which means the sprinklers are flowing and swimsuits have become everyday wear. As toddlers and young children ask to spend more and more time playing outside, […]
Children are naturally drawn to water. Makes sense—they float around in their mama’s fluids for nine months before joining us in the outside world. As infants and toddlers, many children enjoy splashing in the pool or other small bodies of water. Like most other aspects of their lives, water play requires a certain degree of […]
Just like teaching children their letters and numbers, children can be taught to play with friends, express emotions in safe ways, understand emotions in others and solve problems.
A new sibling means some major changes for your toddler. From the toddler’s perspective, once the ruler of the roost, they now have to share you with a tiny, crying, pooping machine. Not fair, right?! You may have heard that it’s going to be a bumpy road as you adjust to your newest addition, but […]
Children are born negotiators. They learn early on that with a little persistence (and pestering) they can eventually wear down their parent’s resolve. “Pester Power” is the power children have to repeatedly make requests until their parents give them what they want. Whether it’s cake for breakfast or wanting to go to a friend’s house, […]
The phrase “Helicopter Parent” gets thrown around a lot these days. It’s used to describe parents who overprotect their children from risk or failure, whether it’s physical or emotional. Most of us are not as extreme as “Helicopter Parents,” but we want to protect our children. Allowing our children to take risks can be challenging […]