Family Time/Routines

Helping Kids Feel Safe – Parenting Now! – Parents Article

During challenging times or periods of uncertainty in our lives, children—even as young as infants—can pick up on our stress levels. They worry along with us as we hear unsettling reports on the news or overhear conversations about being able to pay rent this month or worry about a relative who is ill. It’s important to take notice of your child’s behavior when your family is going through uncertain times or a crisis. Is your child not sleeping well, washing…

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Communicating With Your Child During Times Of Stress – Parents Article

As many parents’ balance working from home, helping their children with distance learning, and trying to meet everyone’s basic needs, communication skills can sometimes suffer under the weight of managing it all. It’s important—especially during times of stress—to give special attention to how we communicate with our children. Here, there, everywhere! There are a lot of important things demanding your attention right now. You may have virtual work meetings or deadlines; multiple children with their own virtual class meetings; a…

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Tips For Parenting In Uncertain Times: Part 2 – Parents Article

At some point in our lives, we all experience uncertainty. Right now, we are collectively experiencing the uncertainty that comes with the COVID-19 virus. But it can come in other forms as well—including the loss of a job, divorce, housing issues, food scarcity, illness—and they all affect how we parent. This week’s tips for parenting through uncertain times focuses on communication skills and how to support your child through open and honest discussions. Be available to talk This tip sounds…

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Tips for Homework Success – Parenting Now! – Parents Article

It’s the middle of the school year—there are more hours of daylight; the weather is starting to warm up (ever so slightly); and the weekends and after-school hours are starting to fill up with spring sports on the horizon. Your child’s homework might be the last thing on your mind. If you and your child have fallen into a rut when it comes to working on homework, read on to get tips for developing a good homework routine that will…

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Counting Stars: Ways to help toddlers who resist sleep – Parents Article

Count yourself among the rare and lucky if you are a parent of a toddler who willingly—maybe even eagerly—hops right into bed for a peaceful night’s sleep, because most families with toddlers experience bedtime challenges. In fact, it’s part of the delightful package called toddlerhood! It’s so common, that it’s estimated that one in three children under the age of 5 either takes a long time to fall asleep; refuses to go to their bed; cries at bedtime; gets out…

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Preschool Readiness and The Importance of Play-Based Learning – Parents Article

When working with parents, I am often asked: “Is my toddler ‘ready’ for a preschool?” The next question that follows is: “Will it help or hurt my child in any way?” Every child is different, but research into early childhood shows that even a few hours a week in an intentionally prepared environment with age-based peers can help build the skills that children will need to be successful. Some parents find it overwhelming to pick a preschool or child center.…

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New Year, New Parenting Goals – Parents Article

Have you ever stopped to wonder why we make New Year’s resolutions? It turns out that the tradition dates back all the way to the Babylonians, some 4,000 years ago. Of course, they weren’t making resolutions to eat healthier, hit the gym more, or spend less on frivolous coffee drinks. Instead, they were making promises to the Gods in hopes of receiving good fortune in the coming year. Whether your resolutions include eating fewer carbs or building your rainy day…

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Practicing Gratitude: What Are You Thankful For? – Parents Article

At Camilla’s 6-year birthday party she was showered with gifts from friends and family. Her parents were overwhelmed with gratitude for the generosity that was shown to their daughter. But when the family arrived home after the party, Camilla became upset, crossing her arms and pouting because “she didn’t get the gift she really wanted.” Instead of appreciating all the presents she did receive, all Camilla could focus on was the one she didn’t get. Gratitude isn’t something that you’re necessarily born with. It’s…

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Responding to Nightmares – Parenting Now! – Parents Article

Did you have nightmares as a kid? Even if you don’t remember having them, chances are you probably did. And, for some of us, our childhood nightmares were so powerful that we still remember them to this day! Childhood nightmares are common in children 3-5 years old. With changes to their routine (starting in preschool or daycare) and growing an ever-expanding imagination, preschoolers may start processing their feelings through their dreams, including nightmares. It can be difficult for parents to…

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Hands-on Fun: Fall STEAM Activities – Parents Article

As parents, many of us strive to provide our children with well-rounded experiences that, hopefully, aid them in their learning and understanding of the world. Following the STEAM model of education is a practical way of giving your preschooler (and older children) opportunities to learn a variety of skills across multiple platforms of education. These positive, fun early experiences help to ignite a child’s natural ability and their love of learning. They enhance your child’s confidence and self-esteem, cementing the…

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