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Kids’ Age of Independent Task Performance

Learning to perform tasks independently is crucial in child development: it’s how kids learn to be independent adults.  Parents often wonder what age their kids should be before they are allowed to perform certain tasks independently.  The truth is that there is no magic age for independent task performance as there are always variables to […]

Teambuilding Activities for Toddlers

Teambuilding activities for toddlers:  what are they and why are they important? Teambuilding activities are any activities that cause toddlers to interact cooperatively with one another.  Teambuilding activities for toddlers include: Physical activities such as parachute games (i.e., toddlers standing in a circle, holding the edges of the parachute, bouncing balls on the parachute), drum […]

Cursing in Front of Your Kids

Some parents speak (and curse) freely in front of their kids; the flow of logic is usually that they want their kids to be exposed to the real world as they know it rather than “sugar coat” reality. Other parents watch their language carefully around their kids; the flow of logic is usually that they […]

Survival Tips for Kids Who Don’t Celebrate Halloween

You and your family do not celebrate Halloween. Whether it is for religious or secular reasons, your choosing to abstain from Halloween festivities likely sets your kids apart from their peers in their school and neighborhood. Here are a few tips to help your kids navigate the month of October in a manner that is […]

The Importance of Creativity for Kids

Exposing your kids to creative experiences is essential for your kids’ physical and cognitive development.  Creative experiences can help your kids develop fine motor skills, math skills, scientific thinking, communication skills, problem solving skills, and psycho-social awareness and maturation.   Creativity is also a wonderful outlet for expression of emotions.  Does this sound like overselling the […]

Early Childhood Education and Learning Strategies

Planning educational experiences for your toddler (one to three years of age) can sound like a daunting task.  Short attention spans and other issues characteristic of the toddler years can made traditional educational instruction counterproductive.  What is the best way, then, to create educational experiences for your toddler? Plan educational activities in short segments of […]

Raising Entitled Kids

We teach our kids about fairness, healthy boundaries, and how to stand up for themselves.  Each of these things are most valuable when taken in context, balancing the needs and wants of the individual with the needs and wants of those around him/her.  If context is not also taught, we may, despite our best intentions, […]

Signs You and Your Partner Are Ready to Have Kids

Are you and your partner ready to have kids?  Here are some signs that you indeed may be. You love each other, get along well, and can resolve differences amicably.  You both are committed to the permanence of your relationship. You both want to have kids . . . for good reasons (i.e., not pressure […]

Things to Do While You Wait for Your Child at Practice or in the Carpool Line

You spend a lot of time behind the wheel, shuttling your child between school, lessons, play dates, and a host of other activities.  You also spend a lot of time in your car, waiting to pick up your child from practice or in the carpool line, among myriad other settings from which you often retrieve […]

Unexpected Ways Your First Baby Will Change Your Marriage

Most first-time expectant parents know that their first-borns will impact the quality and quantity of their sleep, their budget and disposable income, the division of labor in their households, and the depth of the love in their lives, among other obvious changes.  What many first-time expectant parents don’t know is that their marriages will likely […]