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 Warm-Weather Ideas for Exercising with Your Child

It's hot out there, but that doesn't mean you and your children can't get moving—in comfort! Try these four ideas.

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…

Raise A Child Who Cares

This time of year provides the perfect opportunity to remind children of the joy they bring to your life and how fortunate your family is. The best way for you to teach them the values of generosity, compassion, and gratitude is to show them how important you believe it is to give to others. These traits provide a foundation for their development as happy, confident, well-rounded individuals. From the time they are born, children form rules about how the world…

Teaching Writing to Children

As soon as they are able to, young children love to make marks on paper or any other handy surface around the house. Writing and drawing seem to be almost as much a part of natural development as walking and talking. It is important for children’s development as writers to have their teachers and parents take their work seriously as this teaches them that writing  is about making meaning.  They will be  eager to demonstrate to everyone that they have discovered a…
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