• 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:…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Featured,  Parenting

    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…

  • Little A sitting with book
    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…