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…

The Need for a Balanced Approach

Summer is the season of family road trips and dancing through sprinklers, but as a working mother, it’s also the time when I started worrying about where my young children should be in school come fall. After I had my first child, I looked everywhere for a place where my children could grow and learn in a safe, engaging environment, but I felt that every option I tried was only the best of the worst. At that time, the term…

Toddler Talk: Developing Language Skills

“My grandma is the bestest grandma. She swimmed with us in the pool.” Last year in honor of National Grammar Day, we asked our Facebook fans to share some phrases they’ve heard from their children that weren’t so grammatically correct. Some wondered where their children had ever picked up some of the things they had heard them say. They knew their children weren’t repeating anything they had ever said. Learning language is a creative process -- not an imitative one.…

Teaching Writing to Children

As soon as they are able to, young children love to make marks on paper or any other handy surface around the house. Writing and drawing seem to be almost as much a part of natural development as walking and talking. It is important for children’s development as writers to have their teachers and parents take their work seriously as this teaches them that writing  is about making meaning.  They will be  eager to demonstrate to everyone that they have discovered a…

Q&A with Sign Language Expert Stacy Thompson

Sign language is one of the many industry-leading programs offered at Primrose Schools nationwide as part of our Balanced Learning® approach.  We began working with sign language expert Stacy Thompson five years ago to enhance our signing curriculum. Most recently, she helped us create a special set of signing cards for parents to use at home. Stacy obtained a BA in Deaf Studies in 1997 and has been signing for over 20 years. She lives in Southern California with her…

Teaching Children the Meaning of Conservation

Earth Day, observed annually on April 22, is a celebration of all the wonderful things nature provides us. It also serves as a reminder of the responsibility we all have to take care of our environment. We can each contribute to the effort by making a few simple changes to our own family’s daily routine. Earth Day is the perfect time to begin teaching your child to reduce, reuse and recycle. “Conservation” is a big word and young children don’t…

How to Raise a Reader

“Ham-ikka-schnim-ikka-schnam-ikka-schnopp!” In the book Scrambled Eggs Super it may have had another meaning, but annually on March 2nd I think it means “happy birthday, Dr. Seuss!” Today is also Read Across America Day – one of my favorite educational “holidays” when everyone celebrates the joy of reading and books – not to mention Dr. Seuss! Countless reading celebrations will take place today nationwide. For the last 13 years, the Read Across America program has served to motivate children – and…
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