• Explore Light and Sound With Your Four Year Old

    Young children are very curious about the sights and sounds in the world around them and interested in exploring them. Although they can’t touch, smell or taste light and sound, children can still investigate their properties.

  • Explore Plants With Your Five Year Old

    Young children love to explore living things, including plants. Although plants don’t move or interact the same way animals do, they can still ignite your child’s curiosity — especially when you join them in carefully observing the tiny grasses, tall trees and colorful flowers in the world around you.

  • Fats and Your Child

    As with carbohydrates in recent years, fats have been wrongly accused of being "bad." Too much fat can be a bad thing, but certain kinds of fat are actually good for us and are an important part of a healthy diet.

    About Fat

    Fats are nutrients in food that the body uses to build nerve tissue (including the brain and nerves) and hormones. The body also uses fat as fuel. If fats eaten aren't burned as energy or used as building blocks, they're stored by the body in fat cells. This is the body's way of thinking ahead: By saving fat for future use, the body plans for times when food might be scarce.

  • Fire Safety

    Would you know what to do if a fire started in your home? Would your kids? Take the time now to review fire safety facts and tips so your family will be prepared in the event of a fire emergency in your home.

  • Five Engaging Questions to Discover your Child’s Thinking

    Not so long ago, I was walking down the street with my daughter. At each passing tree, she was determined to pick berries from the so-called “berry trees.” She pulled the berries off the tree, looked at them, rolled them in her hands, and carefully collected them in her pocket. I thought to myself, “Ugh, again? Do we really need to keep these prickly berries?” and “How long will it take for her collection of berries to decay in her pocket?”

  • Five Steps to Teaching Kids to Say “I’m Sorry”

    We all mess up, sometimes. But apologies are hard — even for adults.

    Sometimes “I’m sorry” comes out of your child’s mouth, but the words aren’t genuine and the behavior doesn’t change. Apologies should be about repairing a connection — not about just saying some words. How do we help our kids learn how to say “I’m sorry!” and really mean it?

  • Five Ways Books Can Help Your Anxious Child

    My 4-year-old had been excited about her cousin’s birthday party for weeks. We guessed the flavor of the birthday cake and worked together to wrap the present. Yet, as we walked up to the party, something shifted: my excited girl was now clutching my pant leg, unwilling to introduce herself to the young party-goers. She even shoved aside a slice of cake. The tears and less-than-pleasant behavior soon followed.

  • Four Ideas to Encourage Family Reading Time

    It’s important to carve out quality time to spend with your kids each day. But there are some days when that’s easier said than done!

  • Friendship:How to Help Your Seven Year Old Build Healthy Relationships

    Good friends provide us with support from childhood through adulthood. It takes practice to learn how to be a good friend – practice at being kind, supportive, trustworthy, and a good listener. These are skills kids can begin to learn at an early age. Seven-year-olds care a lot about friendship and belonging. They are moving past the “playmate” stage of friendship and begin to form relationships based on mutual interests, support, and trust. At this age, they are very sensitive to social rejection and may become jealous when their friends play with other people.

  • Gratitude: Helping Your Two Year Old Express Gratitude

    Gratitude involves both feeling and expressing our thankfulness; it means we show our appreciation for others. According to the Harvard Healthbeat, “Gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve their health, deal with adversity and build strong relationships.” For a two-year-old, gratitude means learning how and when to say "thank you" to others.

  • Gun Safety

    Guns are a very real danger to children, whether you own one or not. That's why it's important to talk to kids about the potential dangers of guns, and what to do if they find one.

    If you do keep a gun in the house, it's vital to keep it out of sight and out of reach of kids. The gun should be kept locked and unloaded, and the ammunition should be stored separately.

  • Help Your Child (and Yourself!) Handle a Virtual Learning Meltdown

    If I’m being honest, technology has been a saving grace for my family over the past year. Screens have given us opportunities for education, entertainment, and even respite as we’ve navigated life during a pandemic.

  • Help Your Preschooler Get Ready to Read

    Watching a child learn to read can feel miraculous.

    And for good reason: reading is an incredibly complex process that requires children to recognize shapes (letters), match these shapes with their corresponding sounds, combine these sounds into words, and then mentally pair these word with their definitions. Emerging readers must also begin to understand and apply decoding rules, pause at punctuation, and infer word meanings based on context clues.

  • Helping Kids Communicate With One Another

    Two preschoolers sit in the sandbox digging and chatting. From a distance, they appear to be talking nonstop. A few minutes into this “conversation”, however, one child appears upset and moves away from the other child. When that child follows him, he yells, “Stop talking to me!” His friend bursts into tears and runs from the scene.

  • Helping Kids Develop a Healthy Relationship With Emotions

    How do we help our children develop a healthy relationship with their emotions? By showing them how to have a curious and playful relationship with them! Instead of just saying, “It’s okay to feel sad,” we can show them it’s actually okay through our actions.

  • Helping Kids Enjoy Reading

    For many kids, reading doesn't come easily. Some kids have trouble making the connection between letters and their sounds. Other kids have not yet found a story that interests them and shows just how fun reading can be.

  • Helping Kids Express Their Emotions

    Expressing emotions and having them accepted and validated is important for both children and grown-ups. And there’s a whole spectrum of emotions to feel! While many grown-ups view emotions as good or bad, the truth is that emotions are not good or bad — they just are. Emotions are a gift. To be a well-balanced individual who experiences the full range of human experiences, we will eventually experience the full range of emotions that come along with that existence.

  • Helping Kids Get Out of Their Comfort Zone

    Change is part of life — it’s something we all have to learn to handle. But the huge shifts that have taken place in children’s worlds due to the COVID-19 pandemic are off the charts.

  • helping kids handle worry

    Kids don't have to pay bills, cook dinners, or manage carpools. But just like adults  they have their share of daily demands and things that don't go smoothly. If frustrations and disappointments pile up, kids can get stressed or worried.

    It's natural for all kids to worry at times, and because of personality and temperament differences, some may worry more than others. Luckily, parents can help kids learn to manage stress and tackle everyday problems with ease. Kids who can do that develop a sense of confidence and optimism that will help them master life's challenges, big and small.

  • Helping Kids When They Worry

    As kids grow, they face many new things. Starting school. Meeting new friends. Learning to swim. Competing in sports. Learning to drive. Each new thing can feel like a big step forward.