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Best Feelings Games For Children

If you’re reading this, you probably care quite a bit about your child’s ability to process feelings, demonstrate self-regulation and be a kind, empathetic person.  This is so important, right?  Probably more so than academic skills like reading and math ( in my humble opinion).  Social emotional skills will be the backbone of your child’sRead more

Putting On Winter Clothes. A Social Story

Social stories help prepare children for transitions and experiences.  You can modify this one, about  putting on winter clothes, to fit the needs of your child.  Have fun with it!  Draw illustrations together for the story or role play putting on weather appropriate clothing.  These stories work well with most children and we recommend readingRead more

Stay In Your Carseat! A Social Story

  Social stories help prepare children for transitions and experiences.  You can modify this one, about being staying in a carseat, to fit the needs of your child.  Have fun with it!  Draw illustrations together for the story or role play good car seat behavior.  These stories work well with most children and we recommendRead more

Can My Child Skip Preschool?

In a recent post on Babble, mom Lauren Hartmann writes about why she and her husband decided not to send their 4 year old daughter to preschool.  Hartmann, a stay at home parent, pondered the pros and cons of preschool and ultimately decided that her daughter would be fine without the experience.  One of Hartmann’sRead more

Preventing After School Meltdowns

Jenna is a kindergartener who loves school.  She enthusiastically goes each day and is one of the more engaged students in the class.  By all accounts, her first month of kindergarten has been a huge success and her parents are relieved and happy that all is well at school. But once Jenna gets home, thingsRead more

The Best Enrichment is Nature.

My daughter is only three, but already there are a bewildering number of programs available to “enrich” her childhood.  There are preschool classes in yoga, music, art, martial arts, and science (to name a few).  They are all wonderful and needed, no doubt.  But, I have decided that all these choices can detract from theRead more

Teach Your Child This Simple Concept to Reduce Anxiety and Drama

  Katie loved the animal rug at preschool.  Katie especially loved the picture of the rooster.  Every morning, Katie would race to the rug to stand on the rooster, until the morning that Evan got there first.  (Cue dramatic music).  This was NOT OK with Katie and she fell to the floor in anguish, screamingRead more

Time to Be.

Do your children have time to “just be”?  In our world of hustle and bustle, this can be the best gift that you can give them.  Time to imagine, pretend, and play is good for all aspects of a child’s development and mental health.Read more

Your Child Can Do Hard Things.

“Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day.” ― A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh Perseverance.  We all want to see our children conquer an obstacle, clear a hurdle, and stick to it, even if it’s hard.Read more

What are Cooperative Games?

If you have shopped for children’s games lately, you may have noticed that cooperative games have become a popular option for young children.  These games are really valuable on many levels.  To begin with, a cooperative game is played by using teamwork.Teamwork is comprised of trust, cooperation, mutual decision making and sharing of skills.  PlayersRead more