All Blog Posts Tagged 'skills' (26)

Little hearts & curious minds

It's not surprising to see kids speak their mind, ask questions until convinced and have a say in everything that's happening around. We all agree technology rules the world today and kids being so smartly adapting to it is no wonder a boon in a true sense.

Added by Manjusha Pandey on September 21, 2015 at 2:51pm — No Comments

Reviving the art of Appreciation

Kids become not what we want them to but what we are to them. It won't be wrong to say that kids in most cases are just the mirror image of their parents. From the time they are born till the age of six, they have a great sense of observation and their ability to imitate helps them learn and adapt to the world.…


Added by Manjusha Pandey on August 13, 2015 at 6:32am — No Comments

And from the backseat, I hear, "huh?"

I am putting dinner on the table and call my son to the meal. From upstairs, I hear him respond, "huh?"

We are in the pasta aisle at the store and I ask my son what type of noodles we should get. He looks up at me from the cart and says, "huh?"…


Added by Lauren Markman on July 17, 2015 at 6:27am — No Comments

You gotta stick with your lie

My son is not a good bluffer. Every time we play UNO, he lets out shouts of  "yes!" and "you guys are going down!" in reaction to the cards that he is dealt. And when I do catch him in a lie, he has at least a dozen little fidgety facial ticks and moves that gives him away.…


Added by Lauren Markman on July 1, 2015 at 6:47am — 3 Comments

Who is Jazelle??!!

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Hello, my name is Jazelle.

Welcome to my blog, The Little Tourist!

About Me

Having three children under the age of seven; I am always on the lookout for fun activities that will teach them new skills or lessons AND help burn off some energy! Enjoying these activities for free or at…


Added by Jazelle on June 17, 2015 at 10:00am — 3 Comments

The Benefits Of Utilizing Parenting Courses

Whether you are parenting a child for the first time or you have three or four children you can always benefit from a parenting course to help you improve the way you are raising your children or to help you address a certain problem your child is having. A parenting course is beneficial to parents so they can better develop their techniques for raising their child, but these courses are also beneficial to the children involved and it might be a good idea to involve children in the process…


Added by Jirakee jones on January 31, 2015 at 12:05am — No Comments

Our Top Ten Posts in 2014

I have to say that when I checked to see what our most popular posts were in 2014 to make a Top Ten Posts list, it was interesting to see what people were relating to the most. It seems like sensory processing is on people’s minds along with social skills and books. We will be sure to add more of those activities and articles next year. Read more and find out what was most popular this year: Mosswood…


Added by shelah moss on December 30, 2014 at 12:01pm — No Comments

Where did that skill come from?

Like a lot of parents, I often think about the nature/nurture influences on my son. In addition to his daddy's captivating eyes will he inherit a love of playing music, too? My little guy has already showed some proficiency at telling stories like his Mom, but will that skill…


Added by Lauren Markman on August 20, 2014 at 6:32am — No Comments

The Importance of Fathers in Their Children’s Lives

If you knew there was one thing our nation could do to improve every area of a child’s development, would you be in support of that one thing? Research shows children that have involvement from both a father and mother perform better in all developmental areas. Children need their fathers to be involved. For far too long, our country has seen fathers at best as an add-on to what mothers provide for children and in some cases fatherhood has been discounted altogether.

Families First,…


Added by Stacy Hladek on February 14, 2014 at 12:22pm — No Comments

Teaching your child another language - code

I often wish that I knew another language so that I could speak it all the time to my son and he could pick it up. (Yes, I know I could make this happen, but I can only handle so many personal challenges in a year.) I am grateful that he is learning Spanish in school, and I am super proud of him when he speaks it. It is something I want him to keep up with.

But beyond…


Added by Lauren Markman on December 16, 2013 at 7:30am — 1 Comment

Learn a New Way to Get Your Kids to Help With the Laundry

Do you have a laundry basket full of clothes?  If so, grab your toddler or young child’s hand and take them into the laundry room with you.  Did you know that  you can teach them how to help with the laundry?  Most children are eager and willing to help their parents with new things.  Have your child take the sorted laundry from the laundry basket and they can…


Added by Christy Garrett on September 25, 2013 at 4:06pm — No Comments

How to Turn Laundry Into a Learning Opportunity

As a mom, I know how quickly laundry can pile up especially if you have children in your house.  This morning I asked toddler to help me pick up the laundry so that I could start a load of laundry today.  After we completed got the laundry sorted and a load of laundry started, I had a fantastic idea popped into my head and I wanted to share my…


Added by Christy Garrett on September 11, 2013 at 10:47pm — No Comments

Midnight Milkshakes, Blanket Forts, and Other Family Fun

One of the best ways to develop relationships and build confidence is to have fun together as a family.  I just discovered there is a month long celebration aimed at that very thing, strengthening families and building healthy, confident kids.  National Family Month is exactly what it sounds like, a celebration of family.   It runs annually from Mother's Day to Father's Day. 

An easy way to have fun with your kids is to remember what you enjoyed when you were their age and then do it…


Added by Stacy Hladek on June 14, 2013 at 3:50pm — No Comments

Preventing or Decreasing Long-term Problems in Children

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…


Added by Stacy Hladek on May 23, 2013 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is May 12th, that is a week from this Sunday.  There are likely to be lots of articles to suggest ways to honor your mom or help your children honor their mom.  I would like to take a different approach and speak to moms directly.  Give yourself permission to pat yourself on the back and to take a break.  Parenting is both the toughest and most rewarding job in the world.  This is a good time to remind moms (fathers too) that you have to fill your own bucket before…


Added by Stacy Hladek on May 3, 2013 at 4:40pm — No Comments

Stress Coping Skills

Added by Joanie Winberg on February 26, 2013 at 3:49pm — No Comments

Growing Friendships in The Classroom


One of the topics I am asked about often is social skills.  The importance of social learning for all children, but especially children with hidden challenges & special needs cannot be emphasized enough.


In many of my adaptive yoga programs I've observed not only the 'bringing together' of mind and body, but also the bringing together of friendships, some unlikely on the surface at first, but then watching them growing spontaneously out of small groups sessions,…


Added by Barbara Gini on September 28, 2011 at 9:00am — No Comments

A Thought on Happiness

This past year or two I've been thinking a lot about religion and spirituality. Matter of fact, lately I've been dreaming of listening in on a theoretic "end of the world" forum-of-world-thought. Well, I kind of just made that name up. But you get the idea. I want to sit down and listen to everyone who has a vision of all this massive change taking place worldwide and simply hear dialogue. It's the English major in me. I want all the colorful characters, the momentous stories. I want to line… Continue

Added by Jeanine Ertl on April 14, 2011 at 9:23pm — No Comments

The importance of meeting milestones on time

Should you be concerned if your baby is not meeting her developmental milestones on time? For the most part, the answer is yes. While there is a time range for baby development that is considered normal, if your baby does not meet those time frames, you should take action. I'll tell you why. Babies are born with billions of neurons. Not all of them are activated, and many will "die off". There is a window of opportuntiy during development that is…


Added by Nancy Konigsberg on October 27, 2010 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Positve Thinking And What It Can Do For You

I used to be a positive thinker! I didn't know to be negative, really. That was a couple decades ago, though.

Then, along came adulthood.

With adulthood came marriage.

My marriage was not the best marriage. It could have been and should have been a great marriage. But, for some reason, the sweet man I married turned into someone not so sweet.

With my husband's put-downs and all the ugliness of our marriage, I began to think…


Added by Robin Meritt on August 5, 2010 at 3:00pm — No Comments

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