When we learned that we were going to be having a child, we knew immediately that it would be important to for us to expose him to nature and the outdoors as much as possible. But we also knew that might be a challenge. It could be difficult to deal with adverse weather, diaper changes […]
Babies enter the world ready to learn. Before they can recognize words, grab an object or even focus their eyes, they can enjoy books. The American Academy of Pediatrics recently issued a policy encouraging parents to read aloud daily beginning in infancy. After all, if we want our children to become lifelong readers, we need to […]
Age-Appropriate Gift Ideas from Parenting Now! Suggested by our professional parenting educators The parenting educators at Parenting Now! want to remind parents that their time with their children is the best gift. Here are some other options: INFANTS (used with adult supervision once the child is old enough to sit up): Mirrors (unbreakable) Balls “Baby […]
Parent-Child Programs Holds Promise Parenting is one of the most rewarding activities one can do, but it is also one of the most challenging. As the saying goes, children don’t come with instruction manuals. Therefore, many parents welcome additional tools that can support their children’s healthy development. Increasingly, scientific evidence on child development is revealing […]
My children love hearing the stories of my childhood, including tales about answering machines and chatting with friends on a phone connected to a wall. Gasp! Today, we live in a different world; social media means people, places and things are available at a swipe of a finger. For parents, it can feel overwhelming – […]
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.
When children enter group settings, such as play groups, daycares, preschools and schools, they are exposed to many common germs. Reducing their risk of infection requires that teachers, parents and caregivers know the myths and facts of infection control.
Like most things in life, making the transition from home to school requires some practice. An infant does not understand that the parent will be back until they experience it.
With a current focus on school readiness, our nation and communities are looking at supporting early education. High-quality early childhood education programs increase childhood literacy and high school graduation rates, not to mention reducing crime and teen pregnancy rates. As a result, children are coming to school ready to learn and be successful.
On-going contact provides birth parents with the reassurance that their child is thriving in the adoptive home. This helps them feel at peace with their decision. Knowing that the birth parents fully support the adoption, the adoptive parents feel secure in welcoming the birth parents into their lives.
In reality, how does it work? We asked the birth mother and adoptive parents of Carly to talk about the experience of going through an open adoption. Michele, the adoptive mother, says, “It was always my expectation to have as open a relationship as possible.”