Articles Written By: Lynn Louise Wonders

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Lynn Louise Wonders, MA, LPC, RPT-S is an early childhood development and parenting expert. She offers private coaching and consultation for parents throughout the U.S. She is a well-known professional in the field of play therapy, providing training, supervision and mentoring to child therapists world-wide having practiced for more than 15 years in schools, child development centers and through her private practice.

Two young children soundly asleep during the holidays

Getting Children Back into the Routine after the Holidays

For children, the holidays are often a time of irregular schedules, exciting travel, new toys, lots of visitors and plenty of sugar! Though little ones…

Tips for Less Holiday Stress

The holiday season is a time for making special memories with your family, but it also can be filled with tremendous stress. Between busy schedules, budget-busting shopping sprees and all of the preparations that go into bringing family together, what should be a time for relaxing and enjoying each other’s company can quickly become overwhelming. Stress usually starts in parents, but it can quickly trickle down to children; and when children feel stressed, the entire household can turn into a…

Getting Preschoolers to Sleep

Bedtime should be a time for relaxing and cozying up with your little ones, but for many families with preschoolers, just getting them into bed can be a nightmare. Children at that age are still adjusting to separation from mommy and daddy, which can make bedtime an emotional struggle for everyone involved. Fortunately, there are ways to ease bedtime anxiety for young children. Establish these Four R’s to make nightie-night time a smooth, stress-free process in your house:RoutineRhythmRitualsReassuranceIt’s no secret…
Two little girls tickling each other playfully while lying in the grass

How to Help Your Preschooler Make Friends

Parents play a major role in helping young children develop a healthy social life. While it is essential that little ones have ample time and…
Excited students line up with colorful backpacks on their first day of school

Helping Young Children Transition Back to School

The summertime-to-school adjustment can be tricky. Try these tips to make it easier on the whole family.

7 Tips for Traveling with Preschoolers

It’s summertime, the best time of year for family vacations! While these travel experiences can be great opportunities for making memories and bonding with your family, they can also cause stress for everyone, including your preschooler. Here are 7 tips to help avoid a toddler meltdown by reducing the stress of traveling: Water! Be certain you and your preschooler stay hydrated. Whether you have the hot sun shining through the car windows, a long plane ride or a trek through…

Play and Connect with Your Child This Summer!

Now that summertime is here, there is more daylight, warmer temperatures and lots of opportunities to play and connect with your child! In the preschool years, children are using their newly developing thinking, speaking and feeling skills to figure out where they belong in their family. When young children experience a consistent, loving, secure connection with their parents, they naturally develop the ability to express their thoughts and feelings. They also begin to understand the wants and needs of others.…

From Diapers to Potty: The Emotional Side of Potty Training

For young children, moving from diapers to the potty is a big step. It’s also a big step for parents, as it is an opportunity to assist your toddler in one of her first experiences of independence! Potty learning can be a time of frustration if your child is not ready physically or emotionally. Once you and your pediatrician are sure your child is demonstrating signs of physical readiness, it’s important to consider the emotional side of potty training as…

How to Build a Feelings Vocabulary

Young children experience a variety of emotions, but they lack the vocabulary to express how they are feeling. While play is the most natural way for children to communicate, we can help them develop a vocabulary of words to express feelings verbally as well. Research indicates that when children learn a variety of words to describe their emotions, they are better able to identify what they feel and express it in a healthy and adaptive way. This skill is referred…
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