Making Music is Fun!

My husband and I love music. We were both band geeks growing up (elementary, high school and college) and we play six instruments between the two of us. Of course, when we were pregnant we were careful about what kind of music our growing baby was exposed to, even in the womb. When Collin was born, I did my best to expose him to high quality music, and yet he still prefers The Fresh Beat Band, a children's TV show…

5 Tips for a Farmers Market Field Trip With Your Child

With summer in full swing, farmers markets are full of seasonal offerings. A trip to the farmers market makes for a great opportunity to show children where food comes from so they will feel more connected to the food they eat. Why does this matter? Children are more likely to eat fruits and vegetables when given the opportunity to participate in the shopping experience! In addition to farmers markets, similar options include local farms and “you-pick” farms. Visiting a farm…

Why It’s Better to Encourage Than Praise

Summer often gives us the opportunity to spend more time with our children. What a great time to practice new parenting skills! In my workshops and consultations, I urge parents to be very clear about their intentions when interacting with their children. Do we want children to grow up anxious, dependent and needy? Or do we want children to develop confidence in their ability to try new things, work hard and respectfully express their needs, opinions and desires?Most parents will…

Making the Most of Your Drive Time

Anyone who has visited Atlanta and driven on the interstates probably knows our great city isn’t the best when it comes to traffic. And I’ll be the first to admit that one of my least favorite things is sitting in the car trying to get from point A to point B. So when my husband and I were house hunting four years ago, our top priority was to live close to our respective offices. We found a great in-town neighborhood,…

Summer Fun, Sun and Safety

Having made it through yet another cold and flu season, just about every parent and child I know is eager to welcome the sunny days of summer. But now that summer is here – complete with swimming, sun and all sorts of fun outdoor activities – it’s important to prepare your family for (and hopefully prevent) some of the most common seasonal irritations and inconveniences. Bug bites. Whether you’re talking spider, mosquito or tick bites, bug bites are a sure…

Wired for Learning Part 3: Actions Speak Louder Than Words

This is the third of a series of three special blog posts that look at how a young child’s brain is “wired” to learn – be sure to check out Part 1 and Part 2 if you missed them. Join me as we share exciting new findings and ways we can support our children’s extraordinary brain development through reading.  Three Generations of Bookworms As a child, I much preferred digging in to a mystery book than helping my mother with…

Wired for Learning Part 2: The Language Tennis Game

This is the second of a series of three special blog posts that look at how a young child’s brain is “wired” to learn – catch up on the first post here. Join me as we share exciting new findings and ways we can support our children’s extraordinary brain development.  Our world today is changing more rapidly than ever – think about how far technology has come just within our lifetime! Twenty years ago, the Internet was a futuristic concept.…

Helping Your Child Adjust to Dietary Restrictions

Children have very particular palates. One day they love something, the next day they act like you are trying to poison them with the same food they said they loved. Feeding your child becomes even more challenging when you need to place your child on a restrictive diet for medical reasons.About a year ago, we had to put one of our twins on a restrictive diet. Starting off was a bit challenging, but overall I think she made a fairly…

You Are What You Eat

I grew up hearing those words all the time. I’ve never been the perfectly health-conscious eater but when I got pregnant I tried so hard to eat the best way I knew how. Dessert was fruit and whipped cream; I didn’t eat what people "said" not to eat. When I had Collin, I assumed I could just feed him food and he’d eat it. Yeah, yeah – I’d heard of picky babies and toddlers but not my son. The issues…
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