The Foundation of Trust: Parenting Infants

Establishing a foundation of trust with your infant is key to helping your child feel secure. A solid foundation of trust and attachment affects how she will interact, communicate and form relationships with others throughout life. This process of bonding and establishing trust takes place within your interactions. The way you respond to your baby’s cries and other cues are what help your baby to feel understood and safe in the world. Your tone of voice, gestures, facial expressions and…

A Best Practices Approach to Education Delivery

Hello! My name is Jo Kirchner and I am pleased to join the conversation on Pointers for Parents with my very first blog post. My first and most important roles are mom and grandmother.  I have two preschool children, Carson and Chloe, who attend a Primrose School.  I am also honored to be the CEO of Primrose Schools. I join thousands of Primrose Support Staff and Franchise Owners, Management team members and most importantly, teachers who are dedicated to providing…

How Does Your Garden Grow?

When my husband and I bought our first house together several years ago, one of my criteria was having some sort of gardening space, whether it was a sunny patio or in the yard. Fortunately we lucked out with both options at our house, and I’ve been making use of both ever since. I bounce back and forth between doing a patio garden and an actual garden in the yard. While my thumb isn’t exactly green, I look forward to…

Navigating Life Transitions: How Books Can Help Children Accept Change

One thing is certain about change – it can be difficult. And for children, it’s no exception. Life changes, such as starting a new school, dealing with divorce or even welcoming a new sibling, can be scary and stressful to little ones. Luckily, there is a wide selection of books for children written on these topics (and other similar ones) that can help support children as they navigate through life’s transitions. Books provide a concrete foundation for children to discuss…

Follow Your Child’s Lead

Recently the girls and I went to watch my husband swim in his first masters swim meet – they are sweetly called "masters," because everyone is -- mature. My husband has never competed in swimming, but took up the sport due to the toll running was taking on his back. He has been at it for five years and finally decided to compete. I am pretty proud of him. He’s taking on a new sport and competing with people who…

Making Mother’s Day Wishes Come True

Mother’s Day has always been special because I’m able to spend the day with the people who matter most to me. When my children were young, we lived near Washington, D.C. One of my favorite family outings was walking up and down the National Mall on Mother’s Day, popping in and out of museums and stopping for an ice cream snack from the street vendor. Nothing was more special than taking time out from our busy schedules to focus on…

There’s a Reason for All Behavior: Why Young Children Do What They Do

Behaviors are simply means of communication. Young children have not yet developed the cognitive ability to identify and express verbally what it is they need and want. They have not yet mastered the ability to handle the emotional energy of frustration or fear. So, they act out. They may pout. They may scream. They may throw a toy across the room. While the actual behavior must be addressed, it is imperative that parents seek to understand the reason underlying the…

Taking Time Out to Discuss Time-Outs, Rosemary Wells Style

I recently had the opportunity to catch up with a good friend who, in my opinion, is justifiably revered as a superstar in the preschool world. During our conversation, best-selling children’s book author Rosemary Wells referred to herself, as she so often does, as Max and Ruby’s mother. She clearly meant it literally, and I was once again struck by just how seriously she takes her literary role as creator of Max and Ruby – those two beloved storybook bunnies…

Refueling for Spring Sports: Making the Right Choices for Children

With the coming of spring, so begins the season of sports. Soccer season is underway in many parts of the country, as is baseball, softball,…
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