While these gestures may seem trivial to adults, they go a long way with your little ones. Here are a few easy tricks to make your child smile. Read more
Sometimes it can be tough getting your child to talk about their day. Instead of asking the mundane question “How was your day?,” try using one of these creative queries. Read more
I get how it works. You need a job, you say what you have to say to sound excited and enthused about a position you don’t really care about but will take. After all, a person is more likely to hire you if you tell them you enjoy being around kids. As opposed to honestly telling them you think kids are really loud and kind of sticky. Read more
Keep your child’s midday meal tasty, nutritious and fun with these smart strategies for packing school lunches. (Bonus: Our tips will save you time, money—and sanity.) Read more
Weight is a touchy subject, especially when children are involved. Whether your child is overweight, underweight or you just suspect he or she is suffering from negative self-image, it’s difficult to know how to talk about the weight issue without giving him or her some sort of body complex or making things worse.
Balance is key in helping your child maintain a healthy weight. Balance the calories your child eats and drinks with the calories used through physical activity and normal growth.
Overweight and obese children and teens should reduce the rate of weight gain while allowing normal growth and development. Don’t put your child on a weight-reduction diet without talking to your health care provider. Read more
Determining whether your child is ready to transition from a forward-facing car seat to a big-kid booster seat involves more than simply looking at the child’s age, height and weight. Allana Pinkerton, child passenger safety advocate for car seat manufacturer Diono, says parents often don’t consider a key question: Is the child mature enough to sit in a booster? Read more
You feel it coming. You’re at your breaking point as a parent. Your kids have pushed every single button you have ever had and are verging on demolishing your sanity. You have tried every parenting trick known to you and you are still getting nowhere with them. You have silently counted to 10 in your head and realize it’s way past the point of no return.
Your frustration is at an all time high and you lose your temper. Read more
When my daughter was accepted into a public Montessori school at age 3, I only knew a few details about what that meant — a mixed-age classroom and special tools that children used that were called “work.” Read more
Your Child’s Handwriting
If you’ve seen the infamous note on your child’s school papers from their teacher (“Please write neater!”), it’s time to take action! What you may not realize is that your child is struggling with handwriting because they lack strength in their hands, which is directly impacting their fine motor coordination. Read on to gain some “handy” handwriting tips that you can start trying at home today to improve your child’s writing and that will eliminate notes from teachers on classwork! Read more