Thursday, March 6th, 2014
Patience is one of those essential life skills that all parents hope their children will develop as soon as practically possible (even if that means a parent is being a bit impatient), and for good reason. Kids need to learn how to wait for things. Whether a toddler is waiting for mom to help tie [&hellip …
Monday, March 3rd, 2014
The word “imagination” often triggers visual imagery of little kids running around in costumes taking on various roles or playing with cars and dolls or other favorite toys. Imaginary play is one of the benchmarks of childhood, and kids love to get lost in their imaginations. So do adults. Adults use the imagination to solve complex problems, think creatively, and take a break from the daily stressors life has to offer. The very reason that adults have the ability to tap into this important cognitive skill is that it is developed through the art of play during childhood.
It should be, anyway …
Friday, February 28th, 2014
Preschoolers are sweet, innocent, fun, and engaging. They learn new skills at an alarming rate, and they seem to pick up new phrases overnight. Even the quiet ones listen carefully to the language that surrounds them and mimic interesting words and phrases. While all of this learning is fun to watch, it can be shocking [&hellip …
Thursday, February 27th, 2014
While it is important to consider your potential audience when diving into difficult adult topics, showing kids that disagreements can be resolved in a calm and peaceful manner can actually be a very important life lesson. Parenting is hard work, and conflicts can arise between parents at times; and sometimes curious little kids find their [&hellip …
Monday, February 24th, 2014
We all enter the new school year with great intentions of getting the morning rush down to a science, but by mid-year it can be hard to keep it up. Sometimes a fine-tuned routine starts to unravel one minute at a time, and the next thing you know you are racing the clock each day [&hellip …
Monday, February 17th, 2014
The word “no” is a very powerful word, especially for little kids. Toddler resistance is a more formal term for what really amounts to a young child asserting his or her right to just say no. This phase can come on suddenly, leaving parents confused about the disappearance of the once mellow personality that accompanied [&hellip …
Thursday, February 13th, 2014
While many kids are lucky enough to enjoy close relationships with their siblings, sibling rivalry can crop up at any time. In fact, sibling rivalry can even continue into adulthood! Not to worry. A little rivalry and arguing among siblings is a perfectly normal part of child development. And although the bickering and yelling can be frustrating for parents, learning to work through conflict at home actually helps young children hone their social interaction skills.
Siblings argue for a variety of reasons and at various stages of development. While younger kids often seek parental attention and admiration, older kids tend to argue to assert their independence. Changing needs, individual temperaments, and the general level of conflict in the home (watch your words, parents) all play a role into how and how much kids argue …
Monday, February 10th, 2014
Parents spend a fair amount of time setting limits to ensure safety and redirecting kids when they do things like, say, stand on kitchen counters or jump from high places. And for good reason. Some kids are naturally fearless and act upon impulse without much regard for potential consequences (like a broken arm). As important [&hellip …
Thursday, February 6th, 2014
Even when they’re very young, kids encounter a variety of problems each day. Sometimes a toy doesn’t work the way it’s supposed to, sometimes a shoe just doesn’t seem to fit, and sometimes other kids grab, push, or yell without warning.
On any given day, kids are likely to face problems with academics, peers, family, sports, and even playtime. Problems, it seems, are just a part of life …
Monday, February 3rd, 2014
Second place sounds like a win, until it refers to parenting. It’s fairly common for children to single out one parent and shy away from the other. Sometimes, they even dig their heels in and refuse to let the other parent run the bath, push the stroller, or help with the homework.
Kids form strong attachments to their primary caregivers, and many times, that means that mommy gets all of the attention while daddy feels like the third wheel. Rest easy if you’re the one on the outside looking in—these attachments do change over time, and there are steps you can take to build the attachment. Warning: Unconditional love and patience required.
How to break the mommy (or daddy) obsession …