Parents roles are to support children when they need it and phase out that support as children are more able to do tasks on their own.  Roles include toileting, dressing and taking care of their own toys are skills developed when they are younger. As they get older, responsibilities should increase along with privileges so children are able to learn independence skills to phase out of dependence of adults to only verbal reminders. This is a task that is so much easier said than done and is a continuous, unrelenting process, sigh… → Read more

When life is going well, we cruise along without a care in the world.  There is effort in the day to day but it may seem as though we can do anything and often not a lot of extra thought into what we are doing. Yet, when things go wrong and they sometimes (usually) will, it takes extra effort, thought and most times some problem solving skills to get through it. As adults, we are able to access previous experience and background information to help us through these situations, we may even ask for help so we have the skills to get us through tough situations. The people in our lives while growing up as well as a little of hard knocks of life taught us how to persevere through tough situations and that is the same or even more so today. → Read more

The tantrum at the store, the blowup at the friends house or the refusal to leave somewhere fun are all issues of the prek world. Some children may be able to go with the flow with minimal outbursts while others may do all of the above every time and more. Some children may be strong willed with their own ideas and others may be experimenting with independence which is typical behavior yet can be exhausting. → Read more

When providing learning experiences for toddlers, it is quite different than conventional adult directed activities. Toddlers have short attention spans and don’t take in a lot of lengthy directions or discussions. In order to get them to participate and stay for a moment, the experience needs to be rich in sensory stimulation as well as some back and forth interaction. → Read more

The most important meal of the day…breakfast is the meal that fuels the brain and body work for the morning and starts the momentum of the day yet the majority of food marketed for breakfast does quite the opposite. Being informed of what the best foods and worst foods for your kids can be the difference between rough starts and solid starts. → Read more

Brains need fluids and when kids start school, it is especially important that kids are getting enough to drink to keep the brain (which is made up of 75% water) and body hydrated. Think of a sponge, when it is hydrated it is bouncy and squishy and when it is dry, it is hard. When the brain is dehydrated, it is hard for the dendrites to make connections and in turn, thinking gets slower and more labored. → Read more

The number one hardest part of parenting and one of the most important aspects of parenting is the follow through. From the promise to go to the park to the time you say you will leave if a child does a behavior again, it is important to follow through with what you say you are going to do. → Read more