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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|

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|

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|

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|

So your preschooler is academically advanced

One of my favorite things about being a parent and working here at the Preschool is that I get to watch children grow and learn. I'm intrigued by what they come up with in their young brains. Kids are creative, interesting, and curious! And they are all unique in their development and learning. Some children [...]

By | Fri, Oct 26, 2018|Categories: Education & Literacy, Parenting|

Staying calm… when your kid is driving you crazy!

It starts out as a simple trip to Target... you just need to get a couple of things, and your preschooler is with you. Your child sees a toy that they want and they ask you if you will buy it for them. You know what happens next... You tell them you are not buying any [...]

By Fiona Bracy| Fri, Oct 5, 2018|Categories: Parenting|

Helping your kids with their daily routines

“Put on your shoes right NOW. I’m counting to 3.” “I caaaaaaan’t!” “I know you can do it, I’ve seen you. You CAN. UGH, now we’re going to be late -- I’ll just do it!” Does your morning routine kind of sound like this? Maybe there are days when all is smooth sailing and there are [...]

By Kathy Kan| Fri, Sep 28, 2018|Categories: Parenting|