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Real life “life hacks” that work for your life

Life hacks and organizational tips are everywhere you look. Facebook, YouTube and Pinterest are chock full of ideas.  Some ideas are great and others are just not doable.  I cannot imagine any world where Legos stay sorted by color or Barbies need their own individual pockets in hanging shoe bags. My favorite new hack floating [...]

By Vicki Ledeboer| Fri, Oct 13, 2017|Categories: Parenting, Resources & Recommendations|

“How was school today?” … Making connections with your kids after school.

In our house, we sometimes fall into the trap of the obligatory afternoon check-in. It goes something like this: "Hi honey! I'm so happy to see you! How was your day?" "Good." And then the evening routine begins. You know the one: preparing dinner, doing homework, activities, chores, practicing the violin, walking the dog, bathtime, [...]

By | Fri, Sep 15, 2017|Categories: Parenting, Play|

Making the Transition to “Big School” Easier

It's our last day at TPK for the school year! We have had such a wonderful year - getting to know your children, playing, learning, trying new things, making friends... For some of our littles, what comes next is a transition to "big school" - whether that's public school or private school. Today we'd like to [...]

By | Fri, May 26, 2017|Categories: Parenting|

Shaping Your Child’s Worldview

As our children grow up, they will each have to find the answers to many questions of life. They will work to establish their own identities, to figure out how to relate to the world around them - and they will at some point have to figure out what they know about God. These are big questions [...]

By Fiona Bracy| Fri, May 5, 2017|Categories: Parenting, Spiritual Growth|

Talking to your kids about severe weather

National Weather Service has confirmed that the DC metro area experienced two weak tornadoes yesterday – one near Herndon and one near Anacostia. The entire region experienced some very significant thunderstorms. I want to offer some tips for you about talking to your children about severe weather. How can you reassure your children and provide [...]

By | Fri, Apr 7, 2017|Categories: Parenting|

Helping your children become problem-solvers

Do you ever find yourself watching your child with a bit of wonder and astonishment, wondering why the simplest of tasks has become so monumental? Wondering why the smallest of roadblocks sometimes results in tears?  Read on to find some ways to help your child develop his or her ability to overcome obstacles big and small. As [...]

By | Fri, Mar 24, 2017|Categories: Parenting|

Stress-Free Transitions in Your Child’s Day

Picture it: You've gotten your child's lunch packed and your bag ready to go, and you cheerfully say, "Okay, time to go!" -- and maybe you repeat yourself two or three times -- then suddenly you find your child melting down on the floor because he doesn't want to put on his shoes. Sound familiar? We've all [...]

By Fiona Bracy| Fri, Mar 10, 2017|Categories: Parenting|

“There’s just not enough time in my day!”

Moms, do you ever feel like there just aren't enough hours in the day to do everything you need to do? Feel pulled in five different directions sometimes? Wonder how you're going to get the kids fed, the house clean, your work done, bills paid, school dropoff and pickup successfully completed, your kids' homework done, lunches packed, [...]

By | Fri, Feb 10, 2017|Categories: Parenting|

A Conscious Discipline Technique: When two kids are fighting

Today I want to share with you a Conscious Discipline technique posted directly from their Facebook page. Disagreements happen. They happen in the classroom, they happen at home, they happen between siblings, they happen between friends. Our friends at Conscious Discipline posted about it this week, and I felt a sense of peace just reading [...]

By | Fri, Feb 3, 2017|Categories: Parenting, Resources & Recommendations|Tags: |

How to Incorporate Early Literacy Into Your Daily Activities

Something we say over and over again at TPK is: You (mom and dad) are your child's first and best teacher. Your children learn so much from you throughout their development. This is never more evident than during the very early years of your child's life, during which they show incredible growth and development. Did [...]

By | Fri, Jan 27, 2017|Categories: Education & Literacy, Parenting, Play|