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…

Wired for Learning Part 1: Use It or Lose It

This is the first of a series of three special blog posts that look at how a young child’s brain is “wired” to learn. Join me as we share exciting new findings and ways we can support our children’s extraordinary brain development. When babies are born, their brains are ready to learn. Imagine what newborns are thinking in their first minutes of life as they feel their first human touch, open their eyes to bright lights and new surroundings, hear…

Children’s Books About Courage

In 1982, Paul and Marcy Erwin opened the first Primrose school. This leap of faith took courage, and there are now more than 260 Primrose schools across the country. This month, our students celebrate the birthday of Primrose Friend Percy the Rooster, who is named after our intrepid founders (Paul + Marcy = Percy). Just like the Erwins, Percy is known for courage, and his actions set an example for children as they start understanding the decision making process. Percy…

Seven Strategies for Overcoming Picky Eating in Toddlers

The toddler years are a fun time as children grow increasingly independent and explore the world with an unabated curiosity. It can also be a frustrating time when it comes to the dinner table and eating. It is important for parents to understand that picky eating is a normal stage for toddlers to go through. A food that has previously been accepted with enthusiasm may suddenly be rejected the next time it is offered. Also, a child’s appetite can vary…

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…
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