There’s nothing quite like sharing a meal as a family. In today’s busy world of schoolwork, soccer practice, and music lessons it can be tempting to let family meals slide. Continue reading Why Family Meals Matter
Play is such an important part of childhood! Play helps kids learn new things while building social skills, developing creative thinking, and learning about their interests and talents. Because life is so busy, these “Do’s” and “Don’ts” will help your family make the most of playtime!
Taking turns can be difficult at first. Do you remember that cool red fire truck you never wanted to give up? Or the doll that was too special to part with? Whatever your prized possession was, it was hard giving that toy to someone else. In preschool years, children are still learning how to share, so it is okay if your child isn’t great at this skill yet. At this age it is typical for children to play side by side in what we call parallel play, but not really with each other. That’s fine! They are still learning how to interact socially and play together. Continue reading Getting Preschoolers to Share…How Do You Do It?
Do you ever wonder why Tummy Time is so important?
I mean, you probably don’t remember doing Tummy Time as a baby, if you even did it at all! And many of you didn’t, because many babies just slept on their tummies until 1992, when the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) launched their Back to Sleep campaign. Since then, there has been a large decrease in Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, or SIDS; but because babies are no longer spending enough time on their tummies, there has also been an increase in flat head syndrome (plagiocephaly), and torticollis, which is when a baby’s neck becomes stiff or tight, causing their head to tilt to one side. So babies need this time on their bellies while they are awake to develop neck and core strength. Enter Tummy Time! Continue reading Using Tummy Time to Meet Milestones
Chores. Kids don’t like them, and parents use them to get some extra help around the house. But don’t worry parents; you’re actually helping with your child’s development.
Kids can start taking on household chores and small tasks as early as two years old. There are so many chores a child can do to help them reach their next milestone. Depending on their age, these tasks range from cleaning up toys to putting on pajamas.
Keep in mind, your child won’t know how to do all of these chores right away, so a little guidance is necessary. Having your child complete these tasks in their early years will help with their overall development in the long run. Continue reading What Chores Are Right For My Child?
Play is all about having fun! Any activity, organized or unstructured, your child finds fun and enjoyable is considered play. But play is much more than just a fun activity for your child! As a child grows they go through different stages of play development. Continue reading How Kids Learn to Play: 6 Stages of Play Development
It’s a great idea to make reading aloud part of your family’s daily routine. But did you know that moms and dads can sometimes have different reading styles? Continue reading Did You Know Moms and Dads Read Differently?
W sitting is when a child sits on their bottom with their knees bent and feet positioned outside of their hips. If you’re standing above your child, you will see their legs and body make the shape of a W. Continue reading What is W-Sitting?
Haircuts can be difficult for children. There are many new sounds, sensations, feelings, and smells that might make children feel uneasy. Children might feel uncomfortable with all the unknown objects like hair products, scissors, hair dryers, etc. or they may not like the feeling of neck towels, smocks, or itchy hair falling on their body. The noises of clipping, snipping, and buzzing; being so far from the ground in the chair; and the strong smells can also be overwhelming for a little one. Continue reading 5 Tips for Sensory Friendly Haircuts
It seems like we hear about a new food allergy or food intolerance every day. Nut allergies and other serious allergic conditions were once rare and infrequently diagnosed.
Continue reading Has There Been a Rise in Food Allergies?