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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|

Talking to Your Littles about God’s Love

Our world can be such an overwhelming place, and often because of this feeling we can get lost in the many details of our daily lives. I sometimes look around and wish I could find a simple way to just take a breath and focus on what’s truly important. It was one of these moments [...]

By Penelope Hayes| Fri, Nov 30, 2018|Categories: Spiritual Growth|

Best 5 Habits for Preschoolers: Tricia Tabb

Fiona sent me an email asking me if I would consider writing a blog article for TPK of the Best 5 habits to start with your preschooler. I replied to her, “pondering….when is it due?" I was packing for a two week trip to care for our grandchildren in South Carolina. I turned to my [...]

By Tricia Tabb| Mon, Nov 19, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

Best 5 Habits for Preschoolers: Patty Royall

It is my great joy and privilege to be a TPK teacher of preschoolers. The Little TIPS class that I am teaching is a mixed ESL class of 2, 3, and 4-year-old children. Because languages and cultures are different, my assistant and I first teach/model good social habits.  Since our goal is to foster love [...]

By Patty Royall| Fri, Nov 9, 2018|Categories: Parenting|

Finding Work-Life Balance

Are you a parent that works outside of the home? Do you ever struggle to balance your work and home life? Do you ever feel guilty that your family isn’t getting the best of you?   I came across this article that I found helpful as I sometimes wrestle with this balance in my own [...]

By Fiona Bracy| Fri, Nov 2, 2018|Categories: Parenting|