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So Your Kids Are Bored With Their Toys

We've been at home for more than two months now. Are your kids starting to get a little bored with their toys? If play is beginning to feel a little stale in your home, we get it. Here are a few ideas to refresh your current toys and make play feel new and inspiring again. [...]

By Fiona Bracy|2020-11-20T12:05:48-05:00Fri, May 22, 2020|Categories: Parenting, Play|

“How Many Times Do I Have To Tell You…??”

“How many times do I have to tell you?” “I don’t care if he was annoying you! It’s never ok to hit your brother. How many times do I have to tell you?!!” “Did you brush your teeth before we left? What? You didn’t brush your teeth? How many times do I have to tell [...]

By Fiona Bracy|2020-11-20T12:05:49-05:00Wed, May 13, 2020|Categories: Parenting|

Building Self-Confidence in Your Children

Being successful in this world requires healthy self-confidence. We all want our children to flourish and feel happy with themselves and able to connect well with others. This is one of the most important tools for success. People are drawn to those around them who are confident but not arrogant so how do we help [...]

By Fiona Bracy|2020-11-20T12:05:49-05:00Wed, May 6, 2020|Categories: Parenting|

Why Playing Games with Your Children is Important

I enjoy playing games.  Although I did not grow up in a game playing family, I married into one and I have lovely memories of all of the card games, dominoes and dice games we played together.   When my children were small I have fond memories of lazy summer days pulling out a game and [...]

By Vicki Ledeboer|2020-11-20T12:05:49-05:00Fri, May 1, 2020|Categories: Parenting|

Why Children Need Chores

Many parenting resources will list the many reasons why children need to do chores. And they are all true: chores teach children essential life skills; chores cause children to focus on a non-preferred task; chores instill delayed gratification; chores give children a chance to earn their allowance; chores teach children to plan and complete a task. [...]

By |2020-11-20T12:05:49-05:00Mon, Apr 27, 2020|Categories: Parenting|

Helping Your Child Become Aware of the Needs of Others

Young children are developmentally egocentric. They are not just being selfish! They are wired to feel safe and have their own needs met. They have to learn and practice to be able to see the world from more than one perspective at a time. They struggle to see that another person might be having a [...]

By Fiona Bracy|2020-11-20T12:05:49-05:00Wed, Apr 22, 2020|Categories: Parenting|

“Use Your Words!” – Helping your child have a voice

"Children should be seen and not heard" was the mantra for raising well behaved children for many, many generations.   As we learn more about early childhood and as societal norms have changed, children have more opportunity than ever to have a voice and be heard.  The question becomes -- have we taught our children the [...]

By Vicki Ledeboer|2020-11-20T12:05:49-05:00Mon, Apr 20, 2020|Categories: Parenting|

Giving your child appropriate choices

We make thousands of choices every day, starting from the moment we wake up. Most of the time we go about our day unaware of all of the choices we make. It’s like we are on auto pilot. Other times we are overwhelmed by the thought of having to make one more decision and the [...]

By Vicki Ledeboer|2020-11-20T12:05:49-05:00Wed, Apr 15, 2020|Categories: Parenting|

Manners Matter: Teaching a Lifestyle of Kindness

Why do manners matter? Are they more than social conformity? What am I really teaching my child? I’m going to suggest it’s creating a lifestyle of kindness. A month or so ago a child arrived at preschool, running down the hallway, completely focused on getting to her classroom and greeting her teacher and peers. I [...]

By Fiona Bracy|2020-11-20T12:05:49-05:00Mon, Apr 13, 2020|Categories: Parenting|

Helping to Grow Your Preschooler’s Attention Span

Like me, I am sure that you have had some moments in the past few weeks to come to some realizations about yourself.  I have realized that the reason I have not cleaned out the basement has nothing to do with time.  I’m cleaning more than I ever have before, and I still don’t like [...]

By Vicki Ledeboer|2020-11-20T12:05:49-05:00Sat, Apr 4, 2020|Categories: Parenting|
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