Learning to Listen: Tips on Tuning Toddlers in!

Communicating with toddlers sometimes takes a bit of guess work and a lot of patience on our part so we can make sure our directions and requests are understood. Even when we remember to get down on the child’s level and make eye contact, we can sometimes still get the feeling that what we’re saying just isn’t registering. This is where the guess work begins. Drawing the conclusion that the child is just being obstinate and refusing to listen is…

Making Your Gardening Efforts Count

When it comes to gardening, there’s no question that the time your family spends plotting, purchasing, picking and preparing can add up to plenty of wholesome family fun, not to mention additional time spent being active and outdoors. But did you know that by grabbing a hoe and digging in, you’re also helping hone your child’s math skills? That’s right, digging in the dirt and mathematics really can go hand in hand. Here are a few examples of how. Planting…

Working on Grammar with Your Child

There's no denying that the language of young children can be a great source of entertainment for parents. Sometimes it's their complete honesty and their literal interpretation of the question that tickles our funny bones. Other times it's the amazingly creative uses of grammar that is so charming. Language acquisition is a developmental process that includes experimentation and trying out different rules as part of the process. Sometimes what children say may not conform to adult rules, but can be…

Keeping a Healthy Summer Eating Routine

While the idea of summer conjures images of relaxing, reconnecting and fun in the sun, it can be disruptive for children’s routines, particularly when it comes to healthy eating. Whether it is getting bored at home where food is easily accessible, snacking too much or traveling, the summer seems to present distraction after distraction from our regular healthy eating habits. However, there are ways to harness the excitement of summer yet still keep healthy eating at the forefront. Here are…

Teaching Your Child Responsibility

The concept of responsibility is foreign to young children who are still learning that their actions have an impact on those around them. It takes time and some coaching from parents for children to gain a broad perspective of what it means to be responsible for themselves and the world around them. The process of learning to respond appropriately to the people and environment around them is called self-regulation. In time, your child will learn how to asses a situation…

The “HOW” of Feeding Your Family

Often times we are so focused on the “what” of feeding that we totally forget the “how.” While the “what” is certainly important, the “how” is just as important. Ellyn Satter, one of the foremost authorities on children’s nutrition, pioneered the Division of Responsibility concept when it comes to feeding our children. In short, parents are responsible for the What, When, and Where of feeding, while the child is responsible for the How Much or Whether to eat at all.…

Nourish, Energize & Flourish!

Spring sports are officially underway! While some people tend to think that if they are physically active they can eat anything they want, this could not be further from the truth. In order to be physically active and stay physically active, we need to fuel our bodies properly. Often times at youth sporting events, there will be a table laden with junk food and sugary beverages. I remember playing on a tennis team as a child and our matches were…

Getting Your Child Rocking & Rolling

Those who know me best might be amused to hear me say that I love dancing. Let me just say that there’s a big difference between thinking highly of something and being good at it. Regardless of my own abilities (or lack thereof), I view dancing as an all-too-often overlooked activity that has the ability to bring people together, foster body confidence and serve as a fun way for children (and adults) of all ages to get up and get…

Helping Your Child Make Decisions

Empowering your child to make his own decisions at an early age can foster independence, self-esteem and problem-solving skills that will be very beneficial in later years. As parents, we know that our children have opinions of their own and by giving them decision making opportunities we enable them to demonstrate their preferences and offer a constructive way to channel their natural desire for independence.However, before you let your little one loose in the closet to pick out an outfit…
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