• 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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    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…

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    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…

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    At Home Curriculum

    Summer is winding down and we have to get back to real life this week. It has been an awesome summer with lots of events and family time. However, our schedule has been so out of whack. As much as I’m sad to end this summer, I’m looking forward to getting back into a good routine. I’m also crossing my fingers that Little S stops teething soon so we can all go back to getting good sleep! We’ve opted to wait until next year to put Little A into preschool, so for this year both kids and I will continue to take Parent Education classes through Pasadena City College. I…

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    Featured,  Parenting

    Language Skill Building

    As a teacher, I love to try to incorporate learning skills into as many daily activities with the kids as I can. For toddlers, play is the main focus for learning, so including skill builders into normal play is ideal. To engage toddlers in developing language skills, one easy way to add vocabulary is to narrate play. For example, “I see you’re playing with the red car. Wow! It’s going so fast. Now you’re driving the large car. It’s gigantic!” Including different adjectives can be a great way to introduce new words. Occasionally I’ll ask questions, but I find that sometimes Little A, who’s 3, gets frustrated by too many…

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    Meet Michelle

    Hello! I wanted to take a moment to introduce myself. My name is Michelle. I am a wife and stay at home Mom with two Toddlers under four.  We live outside of Los Angeles and love to explore all the wonderful things this area has to offer. I taught elementary school prior to staying home and I enjoy incorporating learning activities into our days to cultivate an environment where learning is fun and imagination is fostered. Being a Mama of two little ones is one unique adventure after another. Some days are filled with beauty and calm and others are more difficult.  Each day unfolds and brings with it new…

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    Is Your Toddler Ready For Potty Training

    Pоttу training is a bіg step fоr toddlers and раrеntѕ аlіkе. Thе secret to success? Tіmіng аnd раtіеnсе. Is іt tіmе? Pоttу trаіnіng ѕuссеѕѕ hіngеѕ оn рhуѕісаl, dеvеlорmеntаl аnd bеhаvіоrаl milestones, nоt аgе. Mаnу сhіldrеn ѕhоw signs оf bеіng ready fоr роttу trаіnіng between ages 18 аnd 24 mоnthѕ. Hоwеvеr, others might not be rеаdу until they’re 3 years old. Thеrе’ѕ nо rush. If уоu start too еаrlу, іt mіght tаkе longer to trаіn уоur сhіld. Iѕ уоur tоddlеr rеаdу? Ask уоurѕеlf: Cаn уоur tоddlеr wаlk tо аnd ѕіt on a tоіlеt? Cаn your tоddlеr рull dоwn his оr hеr pants аnd рull thеm uр again? Cаn уоur toddler ѕtау…

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    Television, Kids New Addiction

    Many раrеntѕ complain thаt thеіr children watch too much TV. Thеу аrе vеrу muсh dереndеnt оn thе tеlеvіѕіоn bоx аѕ they wаtсh tеlеvіѕіоn whenever thеу аrе awake аnd they ѕреnd most оf thеіr tіmе watching tеlеvіѕіоn. A good number of раrеntѕ encourage thе hаbіt оf wаtсhіng TV as thеу feel thаt whіlе wаtсhіng tеlеvіѕіоn kіdѕ may ѕtау аwау frоm рrаnkѕ. But, іѕ it a hаbіt thаt adversely аffесtѕ thе toddlers? Thе аnѕwеr іѕ аn emphatic ‘уеѕ’ аnd bеhаvіоr еxреrtѕ ѕау thаt wаtсhіng tоо muсh TV wіll damage thе сrеаtіvіtу, рrороrtіоnаl grоwth оf іntеllіgеnсе аnd ѕеvеrаl other physical skills of сhіldrеn. Sреndіng tоо much time before the tеlеvіѕіоn mау mаkе Toddlers…