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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|

Children’s Literature: Some Thoughts on the Classics

I love to read. I love everything about reading. I love to go to the library or the bookstore and browse through all the volumes. I love the feel of turning the pages. I love getting to know the characters and where they live. I grieve a little when I get to the last page [...]

By Vicki Ledeboer| Thu, Jan 24, 2019|Categories: Education & Literacy|

Snow Day Fun with Your Kids

What a wild weather week! We've had snow and ice, closings and delays - and there's more winter weather on the way! We hear that some of you LOVE the snow and some of you are starting to get a little tired of it already... so we thought we'd share a few fun snow day [...]

By | Fri, Jan 18, 2019|Categories: Play|

My Child is a Picky Eater!

We hear from a lot of you that your kids are picky eaters. I have a picky kid, too. Our friends at FCPS's Early Childhood Partnerships team have written a super helpful guide for parents of picky eaters. Read on for some practical advice and some current research. (Click here for a printable pdf.) 5 Things [...]

By | Fri, Jan 11, 2019|Categories: Parenting|

Cultivating a Sharing Attitude: Sarah Hamaker

There’s something in the air this time of year that brings out the selfishness in our kids. You’ve probably seen your preschooler become more possessive of her dolls or your toddler say the word, “Mine!” with emphasis more. And you definitely don’t want to see the eruptions when you insist your child share his toys [...]

By Sarah Hamaker| Fri, Dec 21, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

5 Best Habits for Preschoolers: Cheryl Hammond

It would be so much easier if our children came with handbooks.  I can remember writing a “how to take care of Fletcher” guide for my mom the first time he stayed with her for more than a couple of minutes. Unfortunately, they don’t come with any instructions specifically for them, but we can generalize [...]

By Cheryl Hammond| Thu, Dec 13, 2018|Categories: Parenting|

How to (really!) enjoy the Christmas season more with your kids this year!

It’s never too late (or too early) to start celebrating the true meaning of Christmas with your preschooler! At  Truro Church and at all Anglican churches, we believe observing advent is a way to help us do that against all odds. Advent is “a season observed in many Christian churches as a time of expectant [...]

By Anne Bronaugh| Fri, Dec 7, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|