Responding to Nightmares

By |2019-12-04T15:56:15-08:00December 4th, 2019|All Articles, Toddler & Preschool|

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 [...]

Make Time For Everyday Learning Opportunities

By |2019-11-19T16:18:43-08:00November 19th, 2019|All Articles, Toddler & Preschool|

Toddlers and young children are constantly asking questions about their world: “Why is the sky blue?”, “Why do we have feet?” As a parent, it can be hard to keep up with their curiosity!  But the truth is, you are likely teaching your child more than you even realize through your everyday interactions. From building [...]

Encouraging Independent Play

By |2019-11-04T16:24:27-08:00November 4th, 2019|All Articles, Toddler & Preschool|

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 [...]

Self-Regulation Techniques for Parents

By |2019-10-18T16:14:02-08:00October 18th, 2019|All Articles, Baby, Elementary School-Age, Teens & Tweens, Toddler & Preschool|

As parents, our focus tends to be on teaching our children healthy ways to manage (or regulate) their “big” feelings. We teach them ways to calm their breathing, slow down their thoughts, and release explosive feelings in positive outlets, such as drawing or talking a walk. But when’s the last time you checked in [...]

2019 Lane County Pumpkin Patch Guide

By |2019-09-20T16:24:44-08:00September 20th, 2019|All Articles, Baby, Elementary School-Age, Teens & Tweens, Toddler & Preschool|

The rainy mornings and changing leaves aren’t the only things reminding us that fall has arrived. Oregon is a little more on the orange side this season, as pumpkins pop up everywhere from grocery stores to road-side stands to neighborhood front porches. Although you can find great pumpkins outside of your nearest supermarket, the [...]

Hands-on Fun: Fall STEAM Activities

By |2019-09-16T16:30:36-08:00September 16th, 2019|All Articles, Elementary School-Age, Toddler & Preschool|

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. [...]

Consistency is Key To Bedtime Routines

By |2019-09-05T16:28:05-08:00September 5th, 2019|All Articles, Toddler & Preschool|

It’s true that getting a toddler to sleep is exhausting work. It takes guts; determination; and a strong will. . . Or maybe just a solid bedtime routine. Easier said than done, but below are tips gleaned from happy, rested parents. Bedtime routines are a predictable set of steps you follow each night before [...]

Let’s Eat! Tips for Stress-Free Mealtimes as a Family

By |2019-08-26T16:52:22-08:00August 26th, 2019|All Articles, Elementary School-Age, Toddler & Preschool|

As a fresh school year approaches, many families are gearing up for busy days ahead. With hectic mornings and long days at school and work—coupled with homework, afternoon activities, and social engagements—it’s no wonder that many families struggle to find time to simply connect and focus on one another. Knowing that you can count on [...]

In The Moment: Being a More Present Parent

By |2019-08-16T17:03:16-08:00August 16th, 2019|All Articles, Baby, Elementary School-Age, Toddler & Preschool|

Our children are connected and attached to us! Sometimes that attachment is overwhelming and it seems like they just want our attention all the time. Whether it’s an infant’s cry, your older son endlessly talking about Minecraft, or your toddler needing extra snuggles at the end of a long day,  it’s built into their DNA—and [...]