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Are we helicopter parenting?

So, who is a helicopter parent? Wikipedia explains this term as “A helicopter parent (also called a cosseting parent or simply a cosseter) is a parent who pays extremely close attention to a child’s or children’s experiences and problems, particularly at educational institutions.” And this is irrespective of the age of the child. What is…

Teaching Kids to enjoy Outdoors

 Daily life with a toddler is like riding a roller coaster; sometimes it’s the most fun you’ve ever had, sometimes it’s conquering your greatest fear, and sometimes you just want to throw your hands in the air and scream. One thing is for certain, life with a toddler is not what you would call “easy.” To keep…

Terrible Two Tantrums

We have all heard the term the “terrible twos”. This term is usually used to describe a behavior pattern in toddlers,  ages 18 to 36 months,  who are characterized by demands, noise, tantrums, the word “no”  and all kinds of other behaviors that cause embarrassment to the adults that dare to take their children out in…

Reading fun with Toddlers.

Emilie Buchwald famously said, “Children are made readers on the laps of their parents.” What better way to encourage a love for the written word than reading time in the day, and as part of the bedtime routine? Between 12 to 15 months, I noticed drastic developmental changes in my daughter. For instance, she no longer…

Your Daughter is your Mirror!

As mothers, we are the first and most prominent female role models that our daughters (and sons) have. Our behavior sends powerful messages about how women should act and how we fit into society. Are you doing any thing (as below) unintentionally that might be passing wrong messages to your child.   Letting your child see…

Constructive Ideas for Keeping Kids Busy over the Holidays

Keeping the kids busy during the summer months can be a delicate balance between negotiating screen time and paying for expensive camps. How can you get your kids to expand their minds over summer vacation without shrinking your wallet? We have a few suggestions. Cooking and baking – Once a week, plan a cooking or baking day. Involve the kids in the process from the beginning….

Early Childhood Years and the Cycle of Challenging Behavior

I am a recent graduate from the University of Washington with a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Early Childhood Education and Family Studies.  Of all of the subjects that I studied in the program, I found the knowledge I acquired on “Positive Behavioral Support” to be the most valuable and directly applicable to the classroom. …

What is the best gift you can give your kids?

 This is the question everyone has on their kid’s birthdays and special occasions. I had the same question for years and discovered the answer to this recently. Toys I buy either becomes outdated or my daughter will outgrow them in no time. Dresses are temporary. Gadgets provide momentary happiness. Now, what is that I could gift her, that would last for…

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