Keeping Up Routines and Expectations on Family Vacation

The Importance of Keeping Up Routines and Expectations on Family Vacation

Whether you’ve planned a laid-back vacation at the beach, or whether you’re expanding your child’s horizons with a trip to a new city or country, you know that new experiences and family time will be on the itinerary. As much fun as this can be for kids, keeping their schedule intact and setting the same expectations for their behavior as …

Showing Respect to Young Children: Four Practices to Consider

Showing Respect to Young Children: Four Practices to Consider

Parents are often very focused on directing their children so that they learn manners, kindness, thoughtfulness, and respect for the adults around them. And these are important lessons to learn. But a piece of the pie that is often missing is showing respect for your young child in order to model respectful behavior and to allow your child to feel …

Five Tips for Managing When Your Partner Goes Out of Town

Five Tips for Managing When Your Partner Goes Out of Town

Many parents know the sinking feeling that occurs when your spouse comes home at the end of the day to announce that they are taking a trip for work in a few weeks, leaving you home to watch the kids, make dinners, walk the dog, do the dishes, and, of course, do your own job. Following are some tips for …

Growing a Kid-Friendly Garden: Five Plants

Growing a Kid-Friendly Garden: Five Plants That Will Get Little Ones on Board

Our young children can learn so much by helping to maintain a backyard garden. They’ll learn about soil conditions, sunlight, and the way in which seeds grow into seedlings and then full-fledged plants. They’ll also get some experience caring for a living thing and feeling a sense of accomplishment when they nurture it. These five plants are great for little …

Selecting the Right Extracurricular Activities for Your Child

Selecting the Right Extracurricular Activities for Your Child

The sheer quantity of activities your child can become involved in after daycare and on the weekends is staggering. From classics like swimming and ballet to newer favorites like STEM-oriented classes and yoga, there is a lot to choose from. Check out our suggestions on how to choose the right activities for your little one, and you may find yourself …

How to Choose a Childcare Center for Your Baby

How to Choose a Childcare Center for Your Baby-to-Be!

If you’re expecting a new addition to the family, you’re likely feeling overwhelmed by decisions to be made. Naming the baby, decorating her nursery, and choosing between cloth diapers and disposables are just a few of the choices expectant parents must make. When it comes to choosing a daycare center, many parents feel paralyzed by the choices in front of …

Five Tips for Keeping Children Safe When Enjoying Water

Five Tips for Keeping Children Safe and Sound When Enjoying the Water

Whether you love a beach day, prefer relaxing by the pool, or spend your time on boats with family and friends on the weekends, water safety is incredibly important. Even more important is to educate your young children about water safety and to make sure that they take proper precautions while in or near the water. These five tips will …

Navigating Transitions: Helping Young Children to Switch Gears

Navigating Transitions: Helping Young Children to Switch Gears

As an adult, making a transition from one activity to another feels like no big deal. It can be jarring the first time you realize that your little one has a very hard time moving from crayons to dinnertime or from brushing teeth to using the potty. Kids have a tough time with transitions both at home and at daycare. …

Three Outdoor STEM Activities That Will Engage and Educate Your Young Child

Three Outdoor STEM Activities That Will Engage and Educate Your Young Child

Your toddler or preschooler likely spends quite a bit of time running around outdoors, playing on playground equipment, throwing a ball, or chasing friends. But you can add an additional element to his outdoor fun in the form of STEM activities which will teach your child about nature, science, and technology using natural materials and elements of nature. Construct a …

Making Drop-off and Pick-up Smooth for Your Child and You!

Making Drop-off and Pick-up Smooth for Your Child and You!

How much thought have you given to your child’s daycare drop-off and pick-up each day? The way you part with your child in the morning and the way you reunite in the evening can make a big difference when it comes to your child’s day. How to Make Drop-off a Breeze:  Prepare the night before by picking out and laying …