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It’s Spring Break time!

It's Spring Break! We're looking forward to a few days of rest and relaxation. But are you wondering what to do with your kids next week? Here are a few suggestions from our Spring Break plans: (Photo: NoVA Parks) Visit the bluebells at Bull Run Park. The Virginia bluebells bloom for a few weeks in [...]

By | Fri, Apr 12, 2019|Categories: Parenting|

Helpful Parenting Books

In the library or the bookstore, you can find a seemingly endless selection of books on parenting. In today's blog post, we'd like to share a few books that we have found to be useful. Easy to Love, Difficult to Discipline: The 7 Basic Skills for Turning Conflict Into Cooperation by Becky A. Bailey, Ph.D. [...]

By | Thu, Apr 4, 2019|Categories: Resources & Recommendations|

“My Child Just Won’t Listen To Me!”

"My child just won’t listen to me!" Does anyone relate to this statement? I remember the moments of frustration with my own children in their younger years -- when I clearly stated an instruction and I was either ignored or it began a battle full of negative emotions. It can feel exhausting and defeating.   [...]

By Fiona Bracy| Fri, Mar 29, 2019|Categories: Parenting|

Preschool Science Fun

Most parents hear the words "preschool" and "science" together and immediately cringe - whether it’s from feeling unable to “do science” or imagining the mess. People jump right into thinking about all these elaborate experiments which can be scary.  There are lots of things that you can do with your preschooler that are fun, easy and [...]

By Cheryl Hammond| Thu, Mar 14, 2019|Categories: Parenting, Play|

Self Care for Busy Moms

Self-care is a lifelong responsibility for YOU. Definitions vary, but the essence is a responsibility that you set for yourself to take care of your mental, emotional and physical health. I believe the most important component is rest; it is the cornerstone of self-care. I think of the standard God set for us to rest [...]

By Tricia Tabb| Fri, Mar 8, 2019|Categories: Parenting|

“Books and Cooks” – Kitchen Fun With Kids

Looking for a fun family activity for a weekend or a snow day? Spending time together in the kitchen has many benefits. It creates a fun and engaging activity for your child to explore language, math and science in a practical way with an edible outcome! It encourages your child to try new foods, and [...]

By Fiona Bracy| Thu, Feb 28, 2019|Categories: Education & Literacy, Parenting|

Parenting a Child Who Struggles Socially

Developing social skills can take a life-time of practice. I know I still feel overwhelmed at times when I walk into a room full of strangers. The introvert in me wants to turn around, go home and have a bowl of ice cream to lessen my stress. But, as an adult, I use some of [...]

By Deborah Gainer| Fri, Feb 22, 2019|Categories: Parenting|

“My child needs to move ALL THE TIME!”

Children need to move all the time. As a parent, you might be saying “Don’t I know it!”  Unless they are sleeping or involved in a screen, they are nonstop balls of energy.  While it may be exhausting for us to watch or facilitate, for children, movement is a mode through which they learn and [...]

By Vicki Ledeboer| Fri, Feb 15, 2019|Categories: Parenting, Play|

“I don’t want to go to school today!” – On Separation Anxiety

Separation anxiety is often one of the most asked questions I get on a tour with a parent. What happens if my child doesn’t separate easily? How do we handle it as a school? What do I do if my child is the only one crying at dropoff? What if my child doesn’t adjust? Over [...]

By Fiona Bracy| Fri, Feb 8, 2019|Categories: Parenting|

Current Trends in Children’s Books

Last week we talked about classic children's literature and the stories that have stood the test of time. I'm a huge fan of kids' books from picture books up to YA, and I'm enjoying some current trends in books for children. Here are a few new(ish) and notable titles for read-alouds and for early readers. [...]

By | Fri, Feb 1, 2019|Categories: Education & Literacy|