Toddler & Preschool

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 […]

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 […]

Creatures Under The Bed: Toddler fears about imaginary things and ways to help

By |May 10th, 2018|

Spend just a few minutes playing with a toddler and it becomes clear that their imaginations are capable of taking them to wonderful places and on amazing adventures.

The downside to their busy brains? They don’t come with an “off” switch. At around age 3, the fear of imaginary creatures (such as monsters or shadows in […]

Growing Your Parenting Toolbox

By |May 4th, 2018|

Let’s be honest: Most of us don’t waltz into parenthood knowing what we’re doing. We seek guidance from family, peers, and pediatricians, but even then, parenting is still often a learn-as-you-go process, which is why we make mistakes and fall into parenting traps.

The good news is that when it comes to parenting there is always […]

Working Parent Stress: Tips For Juggling Work and Family

By |April 6th, 2018|

Before you had children, how did you unwind after a long day at work? Maybe you met up with friends, hit the gym, went for a hike. . .maybe you did nothing at all—how amazing was that?!

In that era, laundry could wait until the weekend; groceries could be put off until there was nothing left […]

Five Parenting Traps and How to Avoid Them

By |March 21st, 2018|

With the pressures that come with being a parent, it’s easy to fall into common parenting traps. Parent traps are specific ways you act or speak with your child or partner, or even how you treat yourself that can get in the way of your parenting goals. We all fall into traps at least once […]

Creating A Media Plan As A Family

By |March 1st, 2018|

The digital age is upon us. As children move up in school, it becomes harder to control what our children have access to. At some point, as a parent, you’ll likely want to develop a plan for media usage. You might find that “no limits” work just fine for your kiddo. Other families may need […]

Surviving (and Thriving) As A Single Parent

By |February 8th, 2018|

Single parenting often comes with extra stressors. As the sole care provider, it’s hard to be available for your child’s physical and emotional needs 100% of the time. And when taking a break is rare to come by, stressors can compound one another.

However, there are ways to reduce and manage stress, as well as foster […]

Oodles of Doodles – Getting Creative With Toddlers

By |January 30th, 2018|

Art and creativity are an essential component to the human experience. While we may not all be master painters or seasoned pianists, we all have outlets for our creative endeavors. For some of us, it’s organizing clutter or designing floral arrangements—or maybe, it’s simply getting down and dirty with some finger paints with your toddler.

Getting […]

Are You Feeling Time-Poor? Time management tips for busy families

By |January 22nd, 2018|

Parenting presents challenges at all stages of the game. If you’re feeling stressed and overwhelmed with the challenges that come with parenting your school-aged children, you’re not alone.

You might think to yourself that because your kids are at an age where they are now fully feeding, dressing, and—GASP—using the bathroom by themselves, that you should […]