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

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

Great Holiday Gifts That Target Fine Motor Skills

  Fine Motor Skills.  So easy for some and so hard for others.  Does your child crawl under the table when his preschool teacher asks him to use scissors or a pencil?  Is his pincer grasp getting him down? Never fear!  Each of these toys and games were chosen because they have the wonderful abilityRead 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

Does Your Child Have Trouble Letting Things Go?

Can your child bounce back after something disappointing or upsetting happens?  Is he able to solve problems rationally?  Does he know the difference between a “big deal” and a “little deal”?  Lots of kids struggle with letting things go after a set-back.  Everything seems like a big deal, which can be overwhelming. Kids are stillRead more

Two Proven Products That Will Help Your Child Sleep

“He’s been up since 4:30 am,” a tired parent told me at preschool drop-off.  This was not an isolated incident.  This particular 3 year old was up early every morning.  Maybe not 4:30 am early but 5:00 or 5:30 am early which, let’s face it, is EARLY.  Every parent knows that they are not reallyRead more

Why Watching the Sad Part of the Movie is OK

Disney movies are a hallmark of childhood.  I loved them and my boys did too.  But I always wondered why Disney chooses to kill off parents in seemingly every single movie. Bambi (mother shot), The Fox and the Hound (mother shot), Jungle Book (mother killed by tiger), Tarzan (mother killed by leopard), The Hunchback ofRead more

Teach Diversity and Acceptance With This Book

Children in between the ages of 4-8 are learning and growing everyday.  Not only are they beginning to develop academic skill such as reading and math, but they are also figuring out life.  Books are powerful teaching tools.   While many deal with concepts such as letters, numbers and colors, few cover topics such asRead more

Five Great Articles on Morning Struggles

At Fledglingkids, we love to read articles on social-emotional and mental health in young children.  Here are some insightful articles that we found on morning time struggles.  If getting out the door in the morning is hard for your family, you’re not alone.  Mornings can be tough for all ages!   One of our favorites,Read more

Social Emotional Videos (Military Edition)

Having a parent in the military can be tough – it is a sacrifice for kids too.  Here are some great videos that we found to support your toddler or preschooler through common military issues such as deployment and less common ones such as combat injuries.  Please watch first as some videos might not beRead more