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.
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 […]
Spend just a few minutes playing with a toddler and it becomes clear that their imaginations are capable of taking them to wonderful places and on amazing adventures. The downside to their busy brains? They don’t come with an “off” switch. At around age 3, the fear of imaginary creatures (such as monsters or shadows […]
Let’s be honest: Most of us don’t waltz into parenthood knowing what we’re doing. We seek guidance from family, peers, and pediatricians, but even then, parenting is still often a learn-as-you-go process, which is why we make mistakes and fall into parenting traps. The good news is that when it comes to parenting there is […]
In honor of Parenting Now’s annual Mother’s Day 5K, I’d like to share some of my favorite tips for getting kids active in the sport of running. It is so wonderful to have the whole family at a race cheering, supporting, and showing what a healthy lifestyle can look like. Making running fun is […]
Being a grandparent is an opportunity to create a fulfilling relationship for both grandparent and grandchild. The connection will be different with each grandchild and will depend on things such as personality and temperament, physical distance and understanding what appeals to each grandchild. To help in developing that connection, a great question to ask is: […]
The digital age is upon us. As children move up in school, it becomes harder to control what our children have access to. At some point, as a parent, you’ll likely want to develop a plan for media usage. You might find that “no limits” work just fine for your kiddo. Other families may need […]