Helping Your Child Make Decisions

Empowering your child to make his own decisions at an early age can foster independence, self-esteem and problem-solving skills that will be very beneficial in later years. As parents, we know that our children have opinions of their own and by giving them decision making opportunities we enable them to demonstrate their preferences and offer a constructive way to channel their natural desire for independence.However, before you let your little one loose in the closet to pick out an outfit…

Read Across America Day: How to Celebrate Literacy in a Fun, Meaningful Way

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.” ― Dr. Seuss, I Can Read With My Eyes Shut! Fifteen years ago, the National Education Association established Read Across America Day as an annual reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading on Dr. Seuss’ birthday. Parents have a very important role to play in furthering the purpose of this…

Making Everyday Parenting Count

Most parents I know find it challenging at times to keep up with all of the day-to-day demands of parenthood – especially those who commit to living and teaching their children healthier lifestyles. After all, it can be admittedly tough to carve out dedicated time to exercise while at the same time resisting the allure of fast food in favor of cooking up and serving healthy family-style meals. That said, there’s good news on the parenting front for all of…

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…

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,…

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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