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Calming Methods for Preschoolers

    Children are going through a range of experiences and emotions right now. Distance learning, hybrid learning, COVID-19 precautions, time away from family and friends—are all having an emotional impact on us. Preschoolers, in particular, need additional support from their parents during challenging times. One way you can support your preschooler is by teaching …

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Embracing Your Toddler’s Counterwill

Throughout the late toddler and preschool years, children are building their will—the ability to consciously control their actions. They are making more choices for themselves and they can be persistent in making those choices known! Behaviors that sometimes get labeled as disobedience, defiance, or opposition are often rooted in a child’s counterwill. Counterwill is a natural, …

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Understanding Imagination’s Role in Toddler Fears

Between the ages of 3 and 4, a child’s imagination grows leaps and bounds. Imaginative play is an important part of how a child practices skills, processes social interactions and roles, and explores new concepts—including math, science, and even literacy!  But sometimes a toddler’s growing imagination can lead to new fears. These fears can range …

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Music Benefits a Child’s Development

It’s no secret that toddlers and preschoolers love music. But what you might not know is that music plays an important role in your child’s development, benefiting early literacy skills and building fine- and gross- motor skills. A 2016 study from the University of Southern California’s Brain and Creativity Institute found that having musical experiences …

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Picky eating or normal toddler behavior?

As an infant, did your child excitedly try new foods, only to become more selective as they entered their toddler years? Some parents jump to label their child a “picky eater” if they: Don’t want to sit at the table to eat Play with their food Are fussy about what they eat Refuse to try …

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Children Need Routine—Especially During Uncertain Times

The COVID-19 pandemic has upended our daily routines. Work schedules have changed, kids are at home instead of in school, work meetings are happening at the same time as your child’s classroom meeting—it can feel like chaos at times. Routines build a strong foundation for children of all ages, and it’s important that, as parents, …

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Understanding Power Struggles With Your Child

Children and adults both have a need for control—you’ve seen it when your toddler demanded the red cup instead of the green one you offered, or when your teenager didn’t listen to your advice about wearing protective gear while skateboarding. The topic of power struggles has come up frequently in our One-2-One virtual chats with …

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The Young And The Restless: Simple play ideas from the experts

  Toddlers are in a word “busy.” They have busy minds and busy bodies. Keeping them engaged and entertained all day—especially when preschools, libraries, and your other go-to places are closed—can be exhausting for parents and caregivers.  By now, you probably feel like you’ve exhausted all the resources in your toolbox for keeping your little …

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Counting Stars: Ways to help toddlers who resist sleep

Count yourself among the rare and lucky if you are a parent of a toddler who willingly—maybe even eagerly—hops right into bed for a peaceful night’s sleep, because most families with toddlers experience bedtime challenges. In fact, it’s part of the delightful package called toddlerhood! It’s so common, that it’s estimated that one in three …

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Encouraging Independent Play

Preschoolers and their parents lead busy lives. There are pretend cakes to bake; dolls and stuffies with “boo boos” that need mending; and grocery shopping to do for the play kitchen. As fun as these games are for kids, there are very real tasks that all parents need to get done during the day—and it’s …

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