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…

Helping Your Child Learn to Write

Do you remember what your first response was in elementary school when your teacher asked you to write about what you did over summer vacation? Many of us get sweaty palms, because we remember not knowing how to begin and then worrying about spelling and our handwriting. As parents and teachers, we have a unique opportunity to help children create more positive memories before they enter elementary school by taking a more developmental approach to writing. A good place to…

Why Should Children Learn a Second Language?

To young children, the world can seem relatively small, so exposing them to new cultures and languages is one way to begin broadening their perspective. Acquisition of a second language early in life is easier and according to research enhances brain development and literacy development. It can also encourage a curiosity and appreciation for different cultures of the world. As part of our commitment to providing a well-rounded early childhood education with our Balanced Learning® approach, Primrose Schools includes Spanish-language learning…

How to Help Children Bond with Grandparents

For your child, a grandma and a grandpa symbolize love, comfort and family. Whether it’s story time on grandpa’s lap or gardening with grandma, children can’t wait to spend time with their grandparents. Speaking from a personal perspective, I have to add that grandparents cherish the time they get to share with their grandchildren. As your child grows, it is important to find ways to include grandparents in your child’s life. Ask them to share stories about your family’s history,…

Question of the Month: Discipline

As parents, we have all been there at one time or another. Whether it is the tough twos or just a terrible Tuesday, our children at times display behaviors that make us question our parenting skills. Being aware of what your child is capable of at different age levels will give you a better sense of whether his behavior is out of line or not. Research shows most children develop the capacity to control their emotions between the ages of…

Fun Ideas for Exercising with your Child this Summer

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), childhood obesity has more than tripled in the past 30 years making it more important than ever to keep our children moving through physical activities. Before you head to the store to pick up mini dumbbells, try to think of activities your child would enjoy. From family dance time to a quick game of tag, you as a parent can easily bring the excitement and fun of being physically active…

Talking to Your Children About Difficult Situations

As adults, we all handle difficult or upsetting situations differently. It’s the same with children. Changes in their lives can be unsettling, but they will typically take their cues on how to react from us so it’s important to be aware of what we might be communicating nonverbally. If a situation is challenging for you as an adult to understand, it can be even more complicated and scary for a child. For example, I remember how difficult it was to…

Balancing Competitiveness Amongst Siblings & Classmates

Whenever the subject of competitiveness among children comes up, I have a brief flashback to one of my son’s soccer games as a child. He absolutely loved sports, especially soccer, so it was always fun to watch his games, cheering in excitement at his every move. There was one particular game, however, that I remember sitting near a rather competitive father who at one point in the game yelled out to his son, “Trip him!” Did I mention they were…

A Few Tips on Potty Training from Moms Who’ve Been There

 The setting… a bright, cheery grocery store promising yummy goodies and household necessities! Then just as you’re perusing the latest selection in organic milk you hear, “Mom-m-e-e-e! I have to go pee-pee… NOW!” While moments like these have all the makings of a great television sit-com, this scene could have been taken from any number of parents’ potty-training anecdotes. Reaching the decision to potty train your child is the easy part. The tougher part is tackling the process so the…
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