5 Ways Parents Can Make Their Lives Easier Right Now – Parents Article

Even in the best of times, caring for children is a balancing act that is never mastered. The ground shifts constantly, and we adapt accordingly, doing our very best to provide care, love, support and encouragement within the daily rhythms of our lives. Our children are acutely aware of change or disruption, and they look to us for stability and leadership. In fact, they insist upon it. If we falter, they’ll reflect it in their behaviors. That’s a lot of…

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Kickstarting Your Child’s Learning and Play at Home (with Lisa Griffen-Murphy) – Parents Article

Acclaimed early childhood educator and play-master Lisa Griffen-Murphy joins Janet to encourage parents to release themselves from the pressure of making play and learning happen for their kids. Lisa shares from her vast experience facilitating children’s play in every environment imaginable. She offers specific, open-ended ideas for inspiring learning through play and assures parents that their kids know instinctively what they’re doing. Transcript of “Kickstarting Your Child’s Learning and Play at Home (with Lisa Griffen-Murphy)” Hi, this is Janet Lansbury.…

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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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Now They See Them, Then They Don’t: Imaginary Companions – Parents Article

Source: Jelleke Vanooteghem/Unsplash You can’t help but smile when your 3-year-old tells you her pretend friend’s name is HaHa. “No kidding!” her mother laughs. Because they have no brothers or sisters to play with, people often assume that only children like HaHa’s creator have more imaginary friends than children with siblings. This myth, started by psychologist G. Stanley Hall in 1896 and long-debunked, continues to be perpetuated.  But recently, Japanese researchers Yusuke Moriguchi and Naoya Todo found it is more likely…

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Imaginary Friends: Who Has Them? – Parents Article

Source: Jelleke Vanooteghem/Unsplash You can’t help but smile when your 3-year-old tells you her pretend friend’s name is HaHa. “No kidding!” her mother laughs. Because they have no brothers or sisters to play with, people often assume that only children like HaHa’s creator have more imaginary friends than children with siblings. This myth, started by psychologist G. Stanley Hall in 1896 and long-debunked, continues to be perpetuated.  But recently, Japanese researchers Yusuke Moriguchi and Naoya Todo found it is more likely…

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Disney On Ice – Full Time Baby – Parents Article

4 years old has been a really fun age.  We seem to have been lifted out of the fog of having to do absolutely everything for our child.She can choose her own clothes, dress herself completely, eat independently, play by herself, and needs much less supervision.  She even buckles herself into her car seat.With growing awareness of her surroundings, she also seems to enjoy events a bit more.Fun Events For 4 year OldsAn emerging tools for finding area events is…

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Encouraging Independent Play – Parenting Now! – Parents Article

Preschoolers and their parents lead busy lives. There are pretend cakes to bake; dolls and stuffies with “boo boos” that need mending; and grocery shopping to do for the play kitchen. As fun as these games are for kids, there are very real tasks that all parents need to get done during the day—and it’s not easy when you are your preschooler’s all-time favorite playmate. Sometimes your child can “help” you with tasks, such as setting the table and matching…

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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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Be Careful What You Teach (It Might Interfere with What They Are Learning) – Parents Article

In this podcast: Janet responds to a question from a caregiver who says the family she works for is interested in teaching their son ABCs and other lessons. The child is sometimes disinterested and refuses to participate, and she wonders: “Is there a respectful approach to teaching children?” Janet responds with an alternative perspective on early childhood learning that focuses on providing the best foundation possible for children to develop their innate abilities and a lifelong love of learning. Transcript…

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Toddler And Kid Trampolines To Wear Children Out – Parents Article

The Ancheer Mini Rebounder oval shape design offers stability and safety and is large enough for two children. Steel spring coils hold the mat to the frame and bungee straps hold the cover to the frame.  It has a UV resistant surface and can be used outdoors or indoors.  The foam covered handlebar has 5 possible height adjustments from 38-45 inches.  Full disclosure we have this rebounder at home and kids enjoy using the bar as a gymnastics bar and…

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