Honesty: Learning the Difference Between Make-Believe and Reality

Honesty is one of those abstract concepts that children come to understand over time and through experience. Learning about honesty is a little more difficult because when you’re young, your imagination has no boundaries. You play tag with imaginary friends in the backyard; build castles fit for kings and queens out of sheets, pillows and chairs; and make parents check for those big, scary monsters that live under the bed. A child’s creativity is quite spectacular – it’s not hard…

Learning to Listen: Tips on Tuning Toddlers in!

Communicating with toddlers sometimes takes a bit of guess work and a lot of patience on our part so we can make sure our directions and requests are understood. Even when we remember to get down on the child’s level and make eye contact, we can sometimes still get the feeling that what we’re saying just isn’t registering. This is where the guess work begins. Drawing the conclusion that the child is just being obstinate and refusing to listen is…

Working on Grammar with Your Child

There's no denying that the language of young children can be a great source of entertainment for parents. Sometimes it's their complete honesty and their literal interpretation of the question that tickles our funny bones. Other times it's the amazingly creative uses of grammar that is so charming. Language acquisition is a developmental process that includes experimentation and trying out different rules as part of the process. Sometimes what children say may not conform to adult rules, but can be…

Teaching Your Child Responsibility

The concept of responsibility is foreign to young children who are still learning that their actions have an impact on those around them. It takes time and some coaching from parents for children to gain a broad perspective of what it means to be responsible for themselves and the world around them. The process of learning to respond appropriately to the people and environment around them is called self-regulation. In time, your child will learn how to asses a situation…

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,…
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