With autumn upon us, don’t shy away from enjoying the colorful foliage with the kids. My 20-month-old son Jasper sees his surrounding environment each day with new eyes as he grows and learns. It is continually important to me to help him in his development by giving him opportunities to experience the outdoors in every […]
It’s still summer in Oregon — no need to start “singing in the rain” for a few months. In fact, August and September can bring on the heat. What better way to cool down than to take a dip in some Northwest water! Here in Lane County, you can easily go to the ocean or […]
You’ve heard people say, “It’s not whether you win or lose, but how you play the game.” But in today’s world, there is much social and media pressure for children, and adults, to “win” in sports, academics, the arts, socially and everywhere else. You can help your child be a humble winner and a graceful […]
¿Has escuchado a la gente decir, “lo importante no es ganar o perder, sino cómo saber jugar”?, pero en el mundo de hoy, la niñez se encuentra bajo mucha presión social, los medios de comunicación y los adultos son parte de ello, ejercen presión para que “ganen”, ya sea en los deportes, en la escuela, en […]
One of the primary goals for Healthy Families is to support the attachment between parents and children in order to build Protective Factors. Protective Factors help make families safe, secure and happy, even when faced with risks and challenges. Protective factors include parents learning about and practicing how to develop a strong bond with their […]
Children aren’t all the same. That was clear the moment we stepped into our first Parenting Now! Incredible Infants class. Some of the babies were curiously staring around the room, some screaming, some cowering into their mothers’ arms, and some happy as could be to get the whole room’s attention. Pack eleven babies of about […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
While consistent routines, good nutrition and quality parent-child interaction time are important, the value of outdoor motor play should be noted, as it leads to positive outcomes. While it may seem counterintuitive, children’s brains are in a better state to focus and pay attention when they engage in running, jumping, bouncing, swinging, climbing, spinning and other movement activities. Physical activity leads to greater learning opportunities.