Helping the youngest members of the family prepare for the arrival of a newborn is very important. After all, your child is about to become a big brother or big sister – that’s a new responsibility and a huge change for them! Even though they’ll always be your little boy or girl, they won’t be the “baby” in the family anymore, which can take some getting used to. Continue reading Get Kids Excited to Become Big Brothers and Big Sisters
Caregivers can use books for much more than simply reading the written story to their children. Playing with books is a great way to increase communication with kids, spark their imagination, and get them to use their critical thinking skills. Next time you pull out a book try one of the below activities to make the reading experience more interactive and fun! Continue reading How to Use Books to Boost Vocabulary and Communication Skills
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
Is car time turning into screen time for your kiddos? It doesn’t have to. In fact, you can use this valuable time to teach them about the world around them. Turn even the shortest car rides into fun and educational experiences with these car games. Continue reading 6 Car Games: How to Turn Car Rides into Playtime
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!
These easy to do crafts and activities are super fun, stimulate toddlers’ senses, and promotes using fine motor skills!
Happy Valentine’s Day! Take advantage of this fun holiday with activities that engage kids’ senses and fine motor skills. Give your child’s favorite games a Valentine’s Day twist or try an entirely new activity. Either way, you can make this Valentine’s Day one to remember with these activities! Continue reading Activities and Crafts to Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Kids
Whether it’s the shock of cold water hitting their teeth, the smell or taste of the toothpaste, or the idea that brushing their teeth is something they “have to” do, we may never know. What we do know, however, is many children Just. Don’t. Like. Brushing. Their. Teeth. Like it or not, good teeth brushing habits are a part of life and the sooner kids learn to fit it into their daily routines the better. Continue reading Make Teeth Brushing Fun with 6 Easy Tips
The New Year encourages people to look towards the future. The school year is already half over and it’s not too early for parents to start thinking about summer camps, family vacations, and preparing their child to succeed in the year ahead.
Aren’t playdates great? No matter if you’re the child playing or the adults watching, they’re fun for all. Playdates give your children an opportunity to make new friends but also allow you to talk with other grown-ups. This is a great way for your child to not only develop relationships with other children, but also practice social and communication skills, taking turns, sharing their things, and switching between activities.
What’s one thing that brings people together? Food! And cooking food together is a great way to spend quality time with your kids, plus the entire family can participate! Cooking and baking can also help development in early childhood and even for your baby! Learn how your child can participate in the kitchen and which skills cooking with you can develop. Just always be sure to practice kitchen safety. Keep young children away from sharp knives and hot stoves, and use your best judgment when deciding if your child is ready for a more challenging tasks. With that in mind, let’s get cooking! Continue reading Cooks of All Ages: How Kids Can Help in the Kitchen