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…

Read Across America Day: How to Celebrate Literacy in a Fun, Meaningful Way

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.” ― Dr. Seuss, I Can Read With My Eyes Shut! Fifteen years ago, the National Education Association established Read Across America Day as an annual reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading on Dr. Seuss’ birthday. Parents have a very important role to play in furthering the purpose of this…

Making Everyday Parenting Count

Most parents I know find it challenging at times to keep up with all of the day-to-day demands of parenthood – especially those who commit to living and teaching their children healthier lifestyles. After all, it can be admittedly tough to carve out dedicated time to exercise while at the same time resisting the allure of fast food in favor of cooking up and serving healthy family-style meals. That said, there’s good news on the parenting front for all of…

Communicating Feelings: Use Your Words

Whenever the topic of language development comes up, I immediately think of one of the many stories from the book Use Your Words: How Teacher Talk Helps Children Learn by Carol Garhart Mooney. The story starts with a preschool director giving a prospective family a school tour. During the tour her assistant interrupted saying that there was a call that the director needed to take. The director bent down to the child’s level and told her that she had to…

Teaching Your Child to be a Team Player

Teaching your child to be a team player and giving them responsibility go hand in hand. Learning to be responsible is a major goal for all children in Primrose classrooms. Helper charts are used to build a sense of responsibility for the maintenance and functioning of their classroom. The job list includes tasks that affect everyone in the classroom which creates feelings of teamwork and community. At this age, children love to help adults and are generally eager to please…

What is High-quality Early Childhood Education?

Families across the nation are realizing the lifelong benefits of a high-quality and well-rounded early childhood education for their children. They are looking for preschool experiences that are more than just learning numbers and letters; they want their children to be well-prepared in every way. So, what should parents look for? In a recent article published by Scientific American Mind, the author reveals a growing trend in early education that has captured the attention of institutions and parents alike: the move…

Good Night: Bedtime Habits and Importance of Sleep

When it comes to bedtime, parents have heard it all, from “just one more story, p-l-e-a-s-e” and “I’m thirsty” to “there’s a monster under my bed!” While the excuses may change from night to night, one thing remains the same; in spite of their reluctance to give up on the day, children need a good night’s sleep. Regular rest provides what a child’s body needs to grow and develop. A good sound night of sleep promotes alertness the next day,…

5 Tips for Surviving the Holidays

Thanksgiving is almost here, which signals the beginning of the holiday season. This time of year there are many festivities to look forward to: school parties, holiday parties, neighborhood parties and so on. It’s easy to get caught up in all of the excitement or become stressed as the family jumps from one activity to the other leaving normal routines, including nutrition, behind. How do you keep your family on a healthy track while still enjoying the season? Here are…

TV Alternatives for Children under Two

While letting a child watch TV may seem to be an easy way to free up a little time for mom and dad, a recent policy statement released from the American Academy of Pediatrics says that there are no benefits associated with children under the age of 2 watching television. In fact, there is evidence suggesting that it actually interferes with normal development. Primrose School of Legacy Owner and pediatrician Dr. Laura Jana was recently interviewed by CBS Evening News…
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