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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

Your Smart Preschooler. Part 1

Living in the same town as an elite university lends itself to a high population of smart kids.  If I had a dollar for every time a parent toured our preschool and let us know that their child was advanced, I would be a wealthy person.  We even had parents request to move their childRead more

Products to Help Picky Eaters

Remember when your toddler was a baby and you fed him spinach, avocado and tofu?  He loved them, right?  And you congratulated yourself for having such a “good eater”.  Fast forward a year or two and things have probably changed.  Your once good eater now has many opinions.  Things can’t touch on his plate.  PlainRead more

When Things Don’t Feel Right. Your Toddler and Sensory Processing

Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) is a disorder of the sensory systems.  Basically, things don’t feel right.  SPD can effect any or all of the sensory systems.  These include the systems that govern vision, hearing, touch, taste, smell, balance and motor function.  SPD can be a symptom of a larger disorder, such as autism, or itRead more

Fine Motor Activities From Dollar Tree

Have you been told that your child has weak fine motor skills?  There are many things you can do to practice them at home.  In fact, look no further than your neighborhood Dollar Tree.  Beloved by teachers everywhere, Dollar Tree is a treasure trove of art supplies, figurines, sorting materials and seasonal decorations.  On aRead more

Concerned About Your Child’s Development? Don’t Wait

Most parents have a few moments of worry about their child’s developmental progression.  Is he talking enough?  Why isn’t he walking?  Why does she play alone at playdates?  Usually, it is totally normal.  Children learn and grow at different speeds and most everyone is on the same track by kindergarten.  Having been on both sidesRead more

Holiday Gifts That Will Help Your Child Calm Down

  Most young children could be described as “active” but if your child is “REALLY active“, how do you help him calm down?  Parents often struggle to find toys and activities to that don’t rev kids up even more, especially at certain times of the day.  Everyone needs to relax, right? Check out these toysRead 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

For Tricky Transitions, Try A Timer App

Do you have trouble getting out the door in the morning?  Are bedtimes hard?  Does your child have a hard time transitioning from activity to activity?  A timer can help!  Of course, you can always use an old fashioned kitchen timer, but timer apps for your phone might be the easier choice.  You usually haveRead more

Beautiful Etsy Toys That Inspire Independent Play

Etsy is a virtual treasure chest of gorgeous toys.  Who needs the big box stores when you can buy from independent and creative people who actually design and handcraft these things, right?  But toys have to do more than look pretty. They have to be durable enough to withstand years of play and they need toRead more