• Featured,  Healthy Habits,  Parenting

    Tips for Fostering A Healthy Reading Habit

    We live in a world that is slowly but surely turning away from books and getting glued to monitors or television screens. The importance of developing a passion for reading is often overlooked. Reading is a habit that should be established when the child is relatively young. What can you do to foster this habit? Pique your child’s interest: Select your books based on your child’s favorite characters.  Pick a series of books that feature these characters. For my son, it was Spiderman that he could not get enough of. Thanks to this friendly neighborhood spidey, my son latched on to books fairly early in his childhood. Build a home-library:…

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    Hobbies Give Children an Opportunity to Express Themselves

    Hobbies Help Develop Interests In Children Hobbies benefit children in many ways. They give children an opportunity to express themselves, and allows them to discover themselves and build self-esteem. Hobbies are also great educational tools. A child interested in rock collecting learns about geology and science, while a child interested in writing stories learns about sentence structure and proper grammar. Hobbies teach children to set and achieve goals, solve problems and make decisions. They can also set the course for what your child becomes later in life as they often turn into lifelong interests or careers. Children who have hobbies are usually following in their parents footsteps.  Setting a good…

  • Parenting

    The Importance of a Regular Routine For Your Child

    Some parents do not buy the idea of repetitions and routines for their children. In reality, routines builds structures that serve as disciplinary measures for children. Children thrive well in repetition and routine, which can be exhausting for adults. Parents are to plan these times and moments together with children. When should parents begin these routines? Immediately pregnancy comes in, parents should commence the setting up of these structures for the unborn child to walk in from the first days of their birth. Some of these routine structures for children can be regular rest time, meal plan, and other activities. A child feels safer, more independent, and sound when he/she…

  • Healthy Habits,  Parenting

    Encouraging Play Encourages a Child’s Development

    The ability to play is not only to being happy, but also to sustain social relationships and being a creative, innovative person. Play is important for children. Various research have shown the importance of play in children and why it should  be a fundamental part of a child’s life. Why is play important and what does it do for children? We all know that children like play but not many know what play means to the impact t of play to their life. Play provides an opportunity for children to practice skills they will need in the future. It allows children to practice  decisions- making skills,share,learn to work in groups,…

  • Featured,  Parenting

    Learning Styles

    Little A has always loved being read to. I remember sharing with other Moms that as a baby she would ask to be read book after book. It was surprising to me to hear that other children weren’t as interested in being read to. That was until I had Little S. Once he was mobile, he had little interest in being read to, he preferred to explore his surroundings. It hit me that we each have different learning styles and these preferences might begin earlier than I thought. The three main learning styles are visual, auditory, and kinesthetic. Visual learners tend to prefer to see things written out, to look…

  • Healthy Habits

    Thanksgiving Traditions

    I’ve been trying to find ways to celebrate Thanksgiving this month without skipping straight to Christmas. (We’ve been listening to Christmas songs every day though haha.) All month we’ve added to the Thankful Tree we made together. We make a point of saying what we’re thankful for daily, but I’ve loved writing it out. Our tree is so full. It’s neat to see our blessings written out.  Last week, we decorated our Gingerbread Turkey from Trader Joe’s. The kids had so much fun! I turned my attention from Little S for a minute and found he had eaten half the foot he was supposed to be decorating. It made for…

  • Childcare,  Parenting

    Toddler Falls

    Well, it finally happened…Little S had his first ER visit. I knew the moment he was mobile that it would happen early on and I’m sure it’s going to happen with more frequency than I am comfortable with. That little guy has no fear and is constantly on the move. After a long day, I decided to take the kids to the park to get their wiggles out. A few steps into the park, I let Little S down to walk. He got about 6 feet away from me, tripped, fell onto his knees, onto his arms, and then in slow motion tipped forward and hit his face. It wasn’t…

  • Discipline,  Featured,  Parenting

    Make the Behavior Acceptable

    Lately, we’ve been struggling with Little S wanting to bite. He’s cutting seven teeth and everything is going into his mouth. He wants to bite on toys, found objects, and people. Couple that with frustration and he wants to bite quite often. This is a new issue for me because Little A wasn’t a biter, but she also teethed much later. As I was wracking my brain to figure out how to deal with the biting issue, I remembered advice from our Parent Education teacher. She said, “When you’re struggling with unwanted behaviors, try to make the behavior acceptable.” The idea is that if your child is doing something you…