Parents/primary caregivers are the most important advocate for their children in all areas of their development, including social-emotional. May is Mental Health Awareness month. Children as young as newborns can have social-emotional issues. Research shows, behavior problems that surface in early childhood are the single best predictor for several long-term outcomes, such as adolescent delinquency, gang involvement, incarceration, substance abuse, divorce, unemployment (Center for…Continue
Added by Stacy Hladek on May 23, 2013 at 3:00pm — No Comments
Do you remember playing Ring Around the Rosie as a child? I do! I remember playing this game when I was fairly young. When my son came home from daycare a few days ago saying “posies, posies” while grabbing his older brother’s hand. I was trying to figure out what he was talking about. My son…Continue
Added by Christy Garrett on May 8, 2013 at 4:24pm — No Comments
Yesterday when I went to pick up my son from daycare, he was playing and having a great time. The teacher was letting all of the kids in his classroom play with puzzles and my son was trying very hard to get the puzzle pieces into the right spot. It was fun to watch him play and learn a new skill. I…Continue
Added by Christy Garrett on April 24, 2013 at 4:39pm — No Comments
I recently spent an afternoon with a good friend, who has a toddler. While we were talking about parenting she told me her son has started biting his baby brother. My friend said nothing she or her husband had tried is working. Her son bit another child at childcare this week for the first time
Biting is a behavior that many toddlers display at one time or another. It can be something that makes the adults feel frustrated and helpless. There is hope!
Whenever a child is…Continue
I came home today to find my son’s cousins have come over to play for the afternoon. With my son suitably entertained for the time being and my husband on kid patrol, I am comfortably ensconced at my desk with a cup of hazelnut coffee and a croissant slathered in Nutella (what else?) and…Continue
Added by Rebecca Rodriguez-Brea on April 10, 2013 at 8:09am — No Comments
Yesterday, I found myself reminiscing. I was thinking about and appreciating my childhood, old friends and every experience good or bad. I remember going outside to play with my friends. We all had Nintendo and Sega Genesis systems, but those were only played when we had company come over who didn't have their own systems...or we had to be indoors. It wasn't as addictive as games seem to be now…Continue
Added by Ronda on March 8, 2013 at 10:09am — No Comments
I was quite young when my parents started taking me to different museums and I always enjoyed them. My imagination would start getting wild. I am a firm believer that museums are a great family outing. They are a chance to spend some time together, exploring, learning about the past, present or the future, trying new…Continue
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Fantastic Friday - it is fantastic to balance work and play so you are not a broke girl.
Each Fantastic Friday throughout the month of December we will be continuing our exploration of ways to balance work and home. Last week we explored the notiion that all work and no play makes you a dull girl. Today we will be looking at ways to balance things because all play and no work make you…Continue
Added by Janeane Davis on December 14, 2012 at 11:43am — No Comments
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When Little Mr A was a few months old I attended a variety of sessions at my local Sure Start centre. One of these sessions showed us how to make 'treasure baskets'. If you've never heard of this before it is basically a box full of everyday, non-toy items for your child to explore and play with. They are meant to be put out occasionally for baby and parent to play with together and should not be left for baby to play with on their own as it may contain items that would not be safe if…Continue
Added by Tami Anderson on November 26, 2012 at 11:55am — No Comments
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Check out this fun craft your kid will love!
Added by Abby Billings on October 12, 2012 at 4:44pm — No Comments
My new book, Pink is Just a Color and so is Blue will be available on Amazon in 2 weeks.
Pink is Just a Color and so is Blue is inspired by my 2 boys. I once heard my older son telling my younger one that he was “like a girl” because he liked the color pink and enjoyed playing with toys that some people might…Continue
Added by Niki Bhatia on September 27, 2012 at 12:00pm — No Comments
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Added by Abby Billings on September 6, 2012 at 11:37pm — No Comments
Ever since we moved into our new neighborhood I've been keeping an eye out for another little girl my daughter's age. I plan to live in this house for awhile and one of my mini dreams for Izzy to grow up with her own BFF. I met a grandmother and granddaughter walking the neighborhood last week that I'm hoping she could become friends with Izzy. It turns out that this little girl has the same name except for an added "A" at the end and has the same birth month.
We've already had…
Added by MamaTalesBlog on July 10, 2012 at 6:33pm — No Comments
We generally struggle to find activities that will occupy the kids during church services on Sunday. I lug a large tote bag filled with different items each week and pray that we can keep them entertained enough for me to actually listen during the meeting.…Continue
Added by Marcie Bunker on April 24, 2012 at 9:34am — No Comments
We all know about the importance of play for the emotional growth and development of children. It can enhance their imagination, increase social skills and boost self-confidence. So why don't we place more value on play for ourselves? According to a recent study by the Families and Work Institute, ½ of American women don’t have enough time to spend on themselves and the activities they enjoy.
Early on, girls tend to be collaborative, communicative and caring – you can see it…Continue
Added by Sandwiched Boomers on April 1, 2012 at 9:48pm — No Comments
I wrote this piece for www.theexaminer.com, as am a featured columnist, so it's specific to Los Angeles but most places offer same as below.
As a parent of 9-year-old twin girls, I spend a great deal of time looking for ways to entertain them…Continue
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Added by Abby Billings on January 26, 2012 at 6:08pm — No Comments