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

How Does Her Face Look? Teaching Your Child to Read Facial Expressions.

A social skill that we adults often take for granted is the ability to decipher how someone is feeling by reading his or her facial expressions.  We probably do this multiple times a day without giving it a second thought.   Interestingly, it is not a skill that most are born with.  It takes lotsRead more

Manners Basics for Young Children

Good manners mean something different to everyone.  Depending on where you are from and how you were raised, your expectations of your child’s manners may differ from your neighbors.  Some are heavy handed with manners ( “yes, sir” yes, ma’am” every time) and some are less so (“please” and “thank you” are sufficient).  Wherever youRead more

How to Raise Your Girl To Be a Leader in the Modern World

It should come as no surprise that the concept of womanhood is constantly evolving. In a world where gender roles are as hot a topic as cinnamon rolls, parents beg the question…   How do you raise your little girl to be a feminist?   In doing research for this article, I came across manyRead more

Book Review! Manners Time by Elizabeth Verdick

Manners Time by Elizabeth Verdick is part of Free Spirit Publishing’s Toddler Tools series. It is available as a sturdy board book which works great for the toddler set (ages 2-5). All of the books in the Toddler Tools series are visually appealing, with bright textures and colors. The illustrations are truly lovely, with childrenRead more

Teaching Your Child To Thank Others

The holidays have come and gone and now it is time for thank you notes (children everywhere sigh deeply and mutter under their breath)  This doesn’t have to be a chore, though, and the earlier you introduce it, the better! Preschoolers are very capable of writing thank you notes to others – with a littleRead more