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Supporting Your Child’s Learning During Summertime

Summer evokes happy thoughts of lazy days, barbecues and hours at the pool. But it can also make us a little anxious. You might even ask yourself, “Now that the kids are out of school, what am I going to do with them all day every day?” While I am slightly panicked about that myself, [...]

By Vicki Ledeboer| Fri, May 24, 2019|Categories: Parenting|

Helping a Shy Child

Once upon a time there was a child who was very shy. She did not like to talk to adults, even when directly spoken to in gentle tones. She would turn away from them and look down at her feet. When it was time for preschool, her mom thought it would be a wonderful chance [...]

By Kathy Kan| Fri, May 17, 2019|Categories: Parenting|

Preschool Sunday 2019

Dear TPK Families, Thank you so much for joining us at Truro this past Sunday for TPK Sunday!  It is always such a treat for us our TPK friends with us on a Sunday morning.  My name is Mike Seawright, and I’m one of the pastors at Truro and the Director of Family Ministries, which [...]

By Mike Seawright| Fri, May 10, 2019|Categories: Parenting, Spiritual Growth|

Supporting Preschoolers’ Social & Emotional Development at Home

In preschool, social and emotional growth is a very important part of our children's education. The classroom is full of opportunities to interact with peers, solve problems, work together with other children, develop self-control, manage emotions, and so much more. These key experiences help your child develop skills that they will very much need as [...]

By | Fri, Apr 26, 2019|Categories: Parenting|

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|

“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|