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Why Children Need Chores

Many parenting resources will list the many reasons why children need to do chores. And they are all true: chores teach children essential life skills; chores cause children to focus on a non-preferred task; chores instill delayed gratification; chores give children a chance to earn their allowance; chores teach children to plan and complete a task. [...]

By | Mon, Apr 27, 2020|Categories: Parenting|

Helping Your Child Become Aware of the Needs of Others

Young children are developmentally egocentric. They are not just being selfish! They are wired to feel safe and have their own needs met. They have to learn and practice to be able to see the world from more than one perspective at a time. They struggle to see that another person might be having a [...]

By Fiona Bracy| Wed, Apr 22, 2020|Categories: Parenting|

“Use Your Words!” – Helping your child have a voice

"Children should be seen and not heard" was the mantra for raising well behaved children for many, many generations.   As we learn more about early childhood and as societal norms have changed, children have more opportunity than ever to have a voice and be heard.  The question becomes -- have we taught our children the [...]

By Vicki Ledeboer| Mon, Apr 20, 2020|Categories: Parenting|

Giving your child appropriate choices

We make thousands of choices every day, starting from the moment we wake up. Most of the time we go about our day unaware of all of the choices we make. It’s like we are on auto pilot. Other times we are overwhelmed by the thought of having to make one more decision and the [...]

By Vicki Ledeboer| Wed, Apr 15, 2020|Categories: Parenting|

Manners Matter: Teaching a Lifestyle of Kindness

Why do manners matter? Are they more than social conformity? What am I really teaching my child? I’m going to suggest it’s creating a lifestyle of kindness. A month or so ago a child arrived at preschool, running down the hallway, completely focused on getting to her classroom and greeting her teacher and peers. I [...]

By Fiona Bracy| Mon, Apr 13, 2020|Categories: Parenting|

Easter Videos with our Chapel Team

As we head into this Easter week, please enjoy these sweet videos created by our chapel team. These videos include Bible stories read by Miss Penelope and Miss Jo, as well as playful narratives with our peg-doll cast. All of these videos are made for children, and are appropriate for all ages. But a note: [...]

By | Mon, Apr 6, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

Helping to Grow Your Preschooler’s Attention Span

Like me, I am sure that you have had some moments in the past few weeks to come to some realizations about yourself.  I have realized that the reason I have not cleaned out the basement has nothing to do with time.  I’m cleaning more than I ever have before, and I still don’t like [...]

By Vicki Ledeboer| Sat, Apr 4, 2020|Categories: Parenting|