The Gift of Gratitude

In a technology-driven world, we spend a lot of time absorbing the steady stream of information that is constantly coming our way. Sometimes I find myself sorting, managing and processing that information with the speed and agility of an acrobat. Other days I get bogged down by the mental strain, and I come home from work drained from information overload. There are many techniques for managing this swirl of mental activity, which, at its worst, can make us restless, disrupt…

Displaying Your Child’s Artwork

I really think I could wallpaper my home with the papers and art projects that my girls bring home from school. With all the creations that are generated at home, I could easily cover the outside of my house. While I love to display my girls’ artwork, I prefer easy, low impact (as in, no nails in my walls) ways to show off their work. Here are some of my favorites: Repurposed old frames – This idea is my absolute…

Helping Preschoolers with Major Life Change

Change is difficult for all of us. When major changes happen in a young child’s life – a house move, school change or parents’ divorce – it is important to consider the developmental state of your preschooler and be prepared to help her through the transition. Here are some tips: Prepare your preschooler but don’t over-explain! Provide your child just enough information to give him a heads-up that his life is about to change and create a time and place where…

The Need for a Balanced Approach

Summer is the season of family road trips and dancing through sprinklers, but as a working mother, it’s also the time when I started worrying about where my young children should be in school come fall. After I had my first child, I looked everywhere for a place where my children could grow and learn in a safe, engaging environment, but I felt that every option I tried was only the best of the worst. At that time, the term…

Learning to Share and Cooperate Leads to Friendship

Cooperation and sharing are basic life skills that enable us to make friends, work successfully in groups and get along well with others. Babies are not born knowing how to cooperate or share. This ability is learned through interactions and experiences with parents and other significant care givers. Around age three, children begin to practice real cooperation when their play requires sharing and taking turns. Teaching children this age taught me that learning how to cooperate and share is a…
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