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Fright Night Fears: Ways to Make Halloween Less Scary for Children

By |October 3rd, 2018|

Halloween decorations are in full force in stores and around town. You may notice your preschooler feeling a little more fearful than usual with the spooks and goblins lining store shelves.

If your preschooler is on the younger side, this might be the first year they became truly afraid around Halloween. One of the social emotional […]

Managing Negative Self-Talk

By |September 19th, 2018|

Children can sometimes believe negative things about themselves. Negative “self-talk” may include thinking they are dumb, ugly, mean, or a bad person. They may say things like “No one likes me,” or “I hate how I look.”

It can be hard to hear your child talk this way about themselves, but you can support them to […]

Helping Older Children and Teens to Build Good Reading Habits

By |August 10th, 2018|

We have explored why it is important for parents to read. Well, all those benefits that you can get from reading can also come to your older children and teens when they read to themselves. The trouble is that the rates of reading for pleasure drop as children get older. A recent study found that while about 53% […]

Childproofing for the Outdoors

By |August 2nd, 2018|

Following up on last week’s water safety post, this week we discuss other ways to keep your kids safe in your own backyard.

Summer is officially in full swing, which means the sprinklers are flowing and swimsuits have become everyday wear. As toddlers and young children ask to spend more and more time playing outside, it […]

Splash Into Safety: Water Safety Tips for the Summer

By |July 20th, 2018|

Children are naturally drawn to water. Makes sense—they float around in their mama’s fluids for nine months before joining us in the outside world. As infants and toddlers, many children enjoy splashing in the pool or other small bodies of water. Like most other aspects of their lives, water play requires a certain degree of […]

Sibling on the Way? 5 Things to Do Before Baby Arrives

By |July 5th, 2018|

A new sibling means some major changes for your toddler. From the toddler’s perspective, once the ruler of the roost, they now have to share you with a tiny, crying, pooping machine. Not fair, right?!

You may have heard that it’s going to be a bumpy road as you adjust to your newest addition, but planning […]

How Can I Read to my Children if I Don’t Really Like to Read?

By |June 20th, 2018|

It’s important for family members to model reading for children. Not only is it important to read TO your child, but it is also to read AROUND her. Children who see adults reading and see reading material in their houses are more likely to pick up the habit of reading themselves.

But what if you, the […]

Pester Power

By |June 12th, 2018|

The Art of Negotiation
Children are born negotiators. They learn early on that with a little persistence (and pestering) they can eventually wear down their parent’s resolve. “Pester Power” is the power children have to repeatedly make requests until their parents give them what they want. Whether it’s cake for breakfast or wanting to go to […]

Set Up a Summer Reading Challenge for Your Child (and Yourself)

By |June 4th, 2018|

Encouraging children to read during the summer helps them to keep their reading skills strong. There are a lot of different summer reading programs both at local libraries and nationwide (check out this list) that offer incentives for kids to read. You can also start you own, homegrown summer reading program. Here are some tips […]

Risky Business: The Benefits of Letting Children Take Risks

By |May 31st, 2018|

The phrase “Helicopter Parent” gets thrown around a lot these days. It’s used to describe parents who overprotect their children from risk or failure, whether it’s physical or emotional.

Most of us are not as extreme as “Helicopter Parents,” but we want to protect our children. Allowing our children to take risks can be challenging for […]