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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

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

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

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

Five Executive Functioning Skills Your Child Will Need.

Executive Functioning is an often discussed topic in elementary schools right now.  Executive functioning skills are cognitively based skills and encompass self-regulation, emotional regulation, planning, working memory and organization.  Simply put, they are some of the skills that must be in place in order to be successful in a structured, academic environment.  If you haveRead more

Make A Plan for Separation Success!

Regardless of where you’re going, anytime you leave your young child, there is a chance of tears.  Separation anxiety is normal and expected from ages 6 months to 4 years (and sometimes beyond).  In babies, it is a result of the development of “object permanence” which means that the baby understands that something exists, evenRead more

Are YOU Ready for your Child’s First Day of Preschool?

You spent loads of time picking out the perfect school, paid hundreds of dollars in application and enrollment fees, and took countless tours.  Thankfully, your child was accepted and now the time is near; the first day of preschool.  Exciting, yes.  But most parents are not prepared for the emotions that the first day brings. 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