6 Things Your Toddler Needs to Know by Kindergarten

6 Things Your Toddler Needs to Know by Kindergarten

Parents these days are so interested in making sure their kids are ahead of the pack.  Little do they know that this can many times be detrimental to a child’s development.  Super academic preschools have cropped up and moms love to tout that their little genius is already reading chapter books!  Many times this can be [...]

 
 

The #1 Sleep Tip for Kids

The #1 Sleep Tip for Kids

It’s so easy to blow this off, but it’s the sleep strategy that will get you the best results:  A Consistent Routine.  Why? Anyone who has studied child development knows that kids function better when they know what to expect.   Kids feel safe and comforted when routines are followed.  This is how teachers get a [...]

 
 

Bedtime Story & Study: I Need My Monster

Bedtime Story & Study:  I Need My Monster

Bedtime Story:  I Need My Monster, by Amanda Noll “Noll turns the tables on monster fears by introducing readers to Ethan, a little boy who can’t fall asleep without the ragged breathing and claw-scratching of his favorite monster, Gabe. But Gabe has left a note that he’s gone fishing, so Ethan knocks on his floor [...]

 
 

Bedtime Story & Study: The Pet Dragon

Bedtime Story & Study:  The Pet Dragon

Bedtime Story: The Pet Dragon, by Christoph Niemann “Lin, a young Chinese girl, receives a baby dragon for a gift. The two of them play together until they accidentally break a vase. Lin’s father is so angry that he insists the little creature be caged. The dragon escapes, and Lin goes to look for it. With [...]

 
 

Does Your Child Have Nature Deficit Disorder?

Does Your Child Have Nature Deficit Disorder?

WHAT IS NATURE DEFICIT DISORDER? It is a phrase coined by Richard Louv in his book Last Child in the Woods stating that human beings, especially children, are spending less time outdoors resulting in a wide range of behavioral problems.  Richard Louv explains, “Nature-deficit disorder is not meant to be a medical diagnosis but rather [...]

 
 

Why You Shouldn’t Skip Quiet Time

Why You Shouldn’t Skip Quiet Time

DAILY QUIET TIME HELPS KIDS SLEEP BETTER AT NIGHT Even if the days of napping are over for your toddler, keeping this space of time sacred can boost your toddler’s sleep at night.  Toddlers often begin to resist naps when they think they’re missing out on playtime.  You can’t force them to sleep, but you [...]

 
 

Bedtime Story & Study: Time for Bed

Bedtime Story & Study:  Time for Bed

BEDTIME STORY:  Time for Bed, by Mem Fox “Darkness is falling everywhere and little ones are getting sleepy, feeling cozy, and being tucked in. It’s time for a wide yawn, a big hug, and a snuggle under the covers–sleep tight! Working beautifully with the soothingly repetitive text, each painting conveys a warm feeling of safety [...]

 
 

Bedtime Story & Study: The House in the Night

Bedtime Story & Study:  The House in the Night

BEDTIME STORY: The House in the Night, by Susan Swanson “Winner of the 2009 Caldecott Medal. A spare, patterned text and glowing pictures explore the origins of light that make a house a home in this bedtime book for young children. Naming nighttime things that are both comforting and intriguing to preschoolers – a key, [...]

 
 

One Easy Change That Can Majorly Improve Your Baby’s Sleep

One Easy Change That Can Majorly Improve Your Baby’s Sleep

Did you know EMFs (electromagnetic fields) could be keeping you and your baby up at night?  At the very least, they could be preventing deep and restful sleep.  Here’s the low down on EMFs: What Are EMFs? EMFs are electromagnetic fields that we come into contact with everyday.  These originate from electricity in your home [...]

 
 

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