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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|

Using Digital Media Well With Your Kids

Confession time: I use the iPad as a babysitter sometimes. I know - all the experts say not to. But there have been so many times over the years that what I've needed was just to have my child distracted for a few minutes so I can take a shower or unload the dishwasher or [...]

By | Fri, Jan 13, 2017|Categories: Parenting|

Not Just Sledding: Snow Day Fun for Preschoolers

In honor of the first snowfall of 2017, today we want to share some fun snow activities you can do with your kids. Snow days can be great days to spend some extra time with your kids, creating fun memories, and even helping your kids continue their learning when they're not at school. These activities [...]

By | Thu, Jan 5, 2017|Categories: Parenting, Play|

From Defiance to Compliance — Using Conscious Discipline

It’s happening. Again! I’ve asked nicely. I’ve counted to 3 really slowly. I’ve used my kind voice, my stern voice. Now somehow I have reduced myself to almost begging my child to comply. “I just need you to put your shoes on sweetie. Come on, can you do this for mommy please?” Now what? Now [...]

By | Tue, Jan 3, 2017|Categories: Parenting|

Top 5 Habits to Start with Your Kids

It's a new year, and we know many of you are making resolutions, getting a fresh start, or just re-establishing your routines after the Christmas break. Today, we offer some ideas for habits you can start with your children at any time of year, which will benefit their interpersonal and social/emotional development for years to [...]

By | Sun, Jan 1, 2017|Categories: Parenting|

Are We There Yet?? — Traveling With Your Kids

Are We There Yet?? It’s the dreaded question that launched a movie, and a myriad of social media memes. Whether you’re traveling internationally or domestically, traveling creates headaches, anxiety, anticipation, and stress; sometimes months before the trip begins and even after the trip is over. In the midst of writing this entry I am actually [...]

By Kathy Kan| Tue, Dec 20, 2016|Categories: Parenting|