Behavioral Changes to Expect When Your Child Starts School

Behavioral Changes to Expect When Your Child Starts School
You might not remember your first day of school - or maybe you remember it a little too well. It's a big transition that includes new people, places, and pressures. Children experience lots of confusing emotions because of this, and if you anticipate certain behavior changes you can help your child navigate this time successfully. As children go to school and learn about new things they might experience fears about criticism and failure for the f...
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Public Tantrum Survival Guide

Public Tantrum Survival Guide
It's 5:10 pm. You were supposed to be at the park to meet the babysitter 10 minutes ago. But you're stuck at the grocery store waiting in line after rushing in to grab "just a few things"... with the 3-year old. Shockingly, Susie kept asking for candy after you specifically told her NO MORE CANDY. You're feeling defeated because you caved and gave Susie your cell phone to distract her. You're fumbling through your purse looking for your wallet. Y...
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Guest Blogger: 3 Skills Every Child Needs to Become a Successful Learner

Guest Blogger: 3 Skills Every Child Needs to Become a Successful Learner
I have had the opportunity to teach struggling readers in grades 1 – 3 for the last 8 years in a public school setting. We are a Title 1 school and have a fairly large percentage of students that come from poverty and generational poverty. Because of that, I see students who struggle with reading and learning in general. I believe that much of that struggle is the result of parents who were not taught the skills needed to be successful with learn...
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DIY Valentine's Day Fine Motor Skills Craft

DIY Valentine's Day Fine Motor Skills Craft
We use our fine motor skills every single day, from getting dressed to eating to writing. Fine motor skills require the control of small muscles in our hands. These muscles can be strengthened and improved each day. Not only are these important skills to develop for daily activities but they also include a host of other benefits such as improving academic readiness and fostering independence. Doing developmentally appropriate activities with our ...
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​Is it Ever too Early to Start Reading to Your Child?

​Is it Ever too Early to Start Reading to Your Child?
Some parents may be wondering when to start reading to their child. Both of my parents are educators – under their guidance, I learned the value of reading from an early age. Simply put, it is never too early to read to your child. In fact, studies have shown that introducing books beginning at 4 months increases the chance that parents will continue to read to their children throughout their childhood. There are ample benefits to reading early. ...
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Diversify Your Bookshelves: 10 Children's Books That Celebrate Diversity

Diversify Your Bookshelves: 10 Children's Books That Celebrate Diversity
Growing up reading was my escape. Through reading I was able to travel to faraway places, learn about different cultures, and imagine living in different eras. I was allowed to be mischievous and go on adventures that would have been impossible otherwise. However, I always felt like a guest in the author's adventure, a "fly on the wall" per se. I never felt like I could be a supporting character let alone the protagonist of the story. I immigrate...
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8 Tips for Delivering Trauma-Informed Feedback to Your Child

8 Tips for Delivering Trauma-Informed Feedback to Your Child
Children who have experienced trauma often react to both positive and negative feedback a bit differently than other children. Brookes Publishing discusses some ideas for teacher-student interactions on how to give both positive and corrective feedback. These ideas can also translate to how you respond in the home. For positive feedback, make it: Low-key and private . Use nonverbal signals like giving a thumbs-up, a hug or, jotting a few words on...
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How To Help Your Child Cope With Death

How To Help Your Child Cope With Death
Losing a loved one is always a very hard and emotional experience. As parents, you might struggle with healing from your own grief, while also supporting your children. It's helpful to know how your child might respond and what you can do to strengthen them as much as possible. Here are a few ways that Stanford Children's Health reports children may respond: Denial, shock, confusion and anger Inability to sleep or nightmares Fear of being alone S...
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Fine Motor Skills Part Two: What's Involved?

Fine Motor Skills Part Two: What's Involved?
Since we learned about the importance of fine motor skills (that it affects learning skills having to do with hygiene, academic performance, how they relate to peers, and more) in another blog post, let's look at what other types of development are involved in fine motor development, including mid-line crossing, ocular motor control, and hand-eye coordination. Read on to learn the basics of each. Midline crossing According to Kid's Sense "the bod...
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5 Ways to Build Attachment with Your Baby

5 Ways to Build Attachment with Your Baby
New parents have a million things to worry about. From finding childcare to making sure their new baby is receiving the healthcare they need, new parents can sometimes be overwhelmed by all the new responsibilities they now have to juggle. Building attachment is just one of these new responsibilities that parents face with their babies. Attachment is when parents are able to interpret their baby's behavior and respond with compassion and care to ...
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Top 10 Tips for Improving Sleep in Children with Autism

Top 10 Tips for Improving Sleep in Children with Autism
If you are the parent of a child with Autism, you likely have many days when you just feel tired. Parenting is exhausting as is, but parenting a child with special needs can be next-level difficult, and that difficulty is only increased if our child is also struggling to sleep at night. At least half of all children with Autism struggle with some sort of chronic sleep problem due to things such as sensory sensitivities, less natural melatonin pro...
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3 Ways to Practice Self-Compassion as Parents

3 Ways to Practice Self-Compassion as Parents
Parents often feel as though they do not have any time to practice any kind of self-care. Although parents know that self-care is important , they may often feel that they aren't being a good parent if they take any time for themselves. They also may feel that with all of their parenting responsibilities, they simply do not have the time to practice any kind of self-care. The demands of raising children can keep parents thinking it difficult to i...
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Buying Safe Toys This Holiday Season

Buying Safe Toys This Holiday Season
We are finally arriving at the most magical time of the year, the holidays! This year has not been an easy one, and the holidays can be such a good mood-booster! Buying gifts for family members is so exciting and fun, but it's essential to make sure that the toys you purchase for your child are age-appropriate. Toys that are too mature for your child can be hazardous. When shopping in stores, this is usually relatively simple. Generally, the isle...
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Teaching Kids To Handle Embarrassment

Teaching Kids To Handle Embarrassment
I remember when I was 12 my family went to a restaurant and the waiter asked me the classic question, "Do you want soup, or salad?". I had just graduated from the kids menu and wasn't used to that question, so misunderstanding what he said I responded very confused with, "yeah I'll have the super-salad…". Thinking he was going to bring me a ginormous salad. My answer obviously confused him, so he responded with, "so you want the salad then?", whi...
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Managing My Mom Guilt

Managing My Mom Guilt
My two-year old son is crawling in my lap and my three-year old daughter is at pre-school. Frozen 2 is on the TV because it's my son's favorite movie and his older sister rarely lets him watch it, because siblings. This is relatively straightforward, but in one sentence I can point several things that hit that Mom Guilt Button. Screen time. Listen, I lie on the pediatrician questionnaire. I don't know how much screen time they get. It's not out o...
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Child Care and COVID-19

Child Care and COVID-19
  Like it has done to most parts of daily life, COVID-19 has complicated the already complex search for childcare. Additional concerns may include "what should my backup child care plan look like if my center closes?" or "is it safe to take my kid to child care?" For information on creating a child care backup plan, take a look at this article . For pandemic specific questions to ask your childcare provider, watch this video . These answers ...
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DIY Halloween Luminaries for Kids

DIY Halloween Luminaries for Kids
Holiday traditions bond families together. Whether we realize it or not, our traditions give us a sense of belonging, importance, and security. Regardless of the changes occurring in our lives, we know that these family rituals will stay constant! Halloween will probably have a lot of changes this year. Many of us are missing getting together with family or even trick-or-treating. This is an excellent time to create a new tradition: start creatin...
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Guest Post: Screen time and toddlers: What is transfer deficit?

Guest Post: Screen time and toddlers: What is transfer deficit?
With the COVID-19 pandemic, we've all been using screens more, and overall, that's OK. Screen time is less about the hours than the content. Screens can connect and educate, and keep us all safe indoors. However, research shows that for our youngest children, under age three, we need to be more careful and deliberate with devices. A study out of the Journal of Experimental Child Psychology in 2015 illustrates the limitations of digital learning w...
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Child Care: Should I Work or Stay at Home?

Child Care: Should I Work or Stay at Home?
I remember sensing the guilt my mom had as she dropped my siblings and I off at the neighbor's house where she traded babysitting services. Both of my parents have worked full time since I can remember. Making the decision to have child care versus staying home can be a taxing choice for parents. There is so much to consider when deciding what will work best for your family's needs. Some of these decisions include; the cost of working outside the...
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What is Plagiocephaly?

What is Plagiocephaly?
We've all seen them. Cute baby with a cute funny helmet on his head in a shopping cart at the grocery store or in a stroller at the mall. Why are there so many these days? Are these moms letting their babies fall on their heads?! Probably not. Most likely, they have a case of plagiocephaly or "flat head syndrome". In 1994 the US National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) launched "Safe to Sleep" (also known as "Back to Sleep...
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