Helping Your Child Learn to Write

Do you remember what your first response was in elementary school when your teacher asked you to write about what you did over summer vacation? Many of us get sweaty palms, because we remember not knowing how to begin and then worrying about spelling and our handwriting. As parents and teachers, we have a unique opportunity to help children create more positive memories before they enter elementary school by taking a more developmental approach to writing. A good place to…

Why Should Children Learn a Second Language?

To young children, the world can seem relatively small, so exposing them to new cultures and languages is one way to begin broadening their perspective. Acquisition of a second language early in life is easier and according to research enhances brain development and literacy development. It can also encourage a curiosity and appreciation for different cultures of the world. As part of our commitment to providing a well-rounded early childhood education with our Balanced Learning® approach, Primrose Schools includes Spanish-language learning…

How to Help Children Bond with Grandparents

For your child, a grandma and a grandpa symbolize love, comfort and family. Whether it’s story time on grandpa’s lap or gardening with grandma, children can’t wait to spend time with their grandparents. Speaking from a personal perspective, I have to add that grandparents cherish the time they get to share with their grandchildren. As your child grows, it is important to find ways to include grandparents in your child’s life. Ask them to share stories about your family’s history,…

Fast Food In Your Own Home

We all lead busy lives and sometimes at the end of the day, the last thing you want to do is spend a long time in the kitchen making dinner. Often it seems to be easier to go out to eat or stop and pick up something fast on the way home. Sound familiar? There is a better way. It is possible to have delicious, healthy meals in your own home without spending a long time preparing the food. Of…

Question of the Month: Discipline

As parents, we have all been there at one time or another. Whether it is the tough twos or just a terrible Tuesday, our children at times display behaviors that make us question our parenting skills. Being aware of what your child is capable of at different age levels will give you a better sense of whether his behavior is out of line or not. Research shows most children develop the capacity to control their emotions between the ages of…

Fun Ideas for Exercising with your Child this Summer

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), childhood obesity has more than tripled in the past 30 years making it more important than ever to keep our children moving through physical activities. Before you head to the store to pick up mini dumbbells, try to think of activities your child would enjoy. From family dance time to a quick game of tag, you as a parent can easily bring the excitement and fun of being physically active…

Talking to Your Children About Difficult Situations

As adults, we all handle difficult or upsetting situations differently. It’s the same with children. Changes in their lives can be unsettling, but they will typically take their cues on how to react from us so it’s important to be aware of what we might be communicating nonverbally. If a situation is challenging for you as an adult to understand, it can be even more complicated and scary for a child. For example, I remember how difficult it was to…
A young girl having a healthy snack of strawberries and milk

Smart Snacking for Families

Snacking is an important part of the daily routine, as long as it is done in a healthful manner. A small snack between meals more…

National Nutrition Month: Eat Right with Color

March is National Nutrition Month and this year’s theme is “Eat Right with Color.” The more colorful the fruits and vegetables that you eat, the better off nutritionally you will be. While fresh produce is great, don’t forget that frozen fruits and vegetables are an affordable and convenient way to keep fruits and vegetables on hand. I love putting frozen fruit in smoothies, in my cereal or topping my yogurt. Frozen vegetables make it really easy to get dinner on…
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