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  • Delighted childTen Great Ways To Praise Your ChildApril 12, 2013 - 6:42 pm

    Children flourish when they are praised sincerely. Have you ever wondered how many negative messages a child receives during the course of a day. A harsh word from a teacher, an impatient reminder by a parent or a cruel remark by a playground bully could all contribute to a feeling of failure or low self-esteem […]

  • Knife and forkFive Food Slogans Every Child Should KnowApril 6, 2013 - 9:27 am

    Conflicting food messages are a symptom of our information-overloaded times. Milk is good for you. Milk is not good for you. Avoid all sugars at all cost. Natural sugars are good for you. Supplement with vitamins. Don’t supplement with vitamins as it all ends up in the drain. Don’t eat store bought bread. Home-baked bread may smell […]

  • Reading togetherFive Simple Ways to Encourage Early Reading SkillsMarch 12, 2013 - 2:05 pm

    Learning to read is a magical journey. A journey that opens new worlds as reading skills increase. Around the age of three or four some children are naturally interested in the printed world, while others seem to be oblivious to the fact that the signs, letters and words in their environment symbolically represents a whole different world. […]

  • DandelionMagical Stories of the PastMarch 3, 2013 - 6:21 am

    I have yet to meet the person who doesn’t like ‘once upon a time’ and who doesn’t feel a twinge of regret when they hear ‘And then they lived happily ever after… The end.’ Stories transcend age, gender, cultural constraints and can provide a powerful way for families to bond more intimately.  Parents don’t need […]

  • Messy eaterFour Reasons Why Your Toddler Won’t EatFebruary 24, 2013 - 10:44 am

    I think it has happened to me at least a hundred times. I plan, I shop, I rinse, I chop, I cook. Feeling like the best mother in the world – I place a made-from-scratch-homemade-meal bursting with nutrients in front of my offspring. They don’t know how lucky they are – apart from the children starving in […]

  • When last have you admired the texture of a rock?The Magic of GratitudeFebruary 18, 2013 - 2:29 pm

    Recently, I had to leave for a week to do research in the Democratic Republic of Congo. My children stayed with my husband and a friend who came during the day to take care of them. They had loads of fun while I was gone and it made it easier to focus on the work at hand. […]

  • Abigail (6 years)The Joy of Learning to ReadFebruary 7, 2013 - 3:17 pm

    Reading opens worlds unseen in a child’s mind. I love to see the light in a child’s eyes when he realizes for the first time that c-a-t makes cat! This week I had the privilege to see my six year old daughter’s eyes twinkle with excitement as she learned to decode her first word. She’s a […]

  • Mom laughingFor Those Tough Parenting DaysFebruary 2, 2013 - 10:14 am

    There are days when this epic journey of being a mother seems to be too much for me. Tempers fray at the seams, unraveling the worst parts of me. On these days I wonder what ever made me think that I had it in me to raise four children into whole, happy adults. Yet, at […]

  • Working MomBecause Moms Can!January 26, 2013 - 5:28 am

    I read a blog post yesterday about a mom whose youngest child recently went to school. This mom is a talented and creative woman, but she spent the last 13 years of her life raising children. Now, she is eager to join the ranks of mothers-with-a-salary again, but has a dilemma: how does she convince […]

  • Baby Clapping HandsAre Developmental Milestones Important?January 18, 2013 - 4:28 pm

    When our first child was born, I stood ready with every checklist, chart and development test that I accumulated during my years as a speech- language therapist with special interest in early intervention. I encouraged, facilitated and monitored her development on a daily basis. She crawled when she was five months old, she spoke before […]

  • Hands and BaublesThree Ways To Teach About Giving This Festive SeasonDecember 27, 2012 - 12:04 pm

    For many people Christmas is the happiest time of the year. This is when people attend parties and give gifts to friends and loved ones. Christmas season is also an excellent time to teach children about the true meaning of the holiday – love and giving. Here are some ways on how to teach children […]

  • muddy bootsHow to Prevent Nature DeficiencyDecember 24, 2012 - 12:43 pm

    I’ve heard of a vitamin deficiency, an attention deficiency, even a natural light deficiency, but the saddest deficiency I’ve ever encountered is children with a nature deficiency. As the amount and variety of screen-based entertainment increases, children spend less and less time outside interacting with nature. Fast-paced lifestyles leaves less time for leisure outdoors. The result […]

Delighted child

Ten Great Ways To Praise Your Child

Children flourish when they are praised sincerely. Have you ever wondered how many negative messages a child receives during the course of a day. A harsh word from a teacher, an impatient reminder by a parent or a cruel remark by a playground bully could all contribute to a feeling of failure or low self-esteem […]

Reading together

Five Simple Ways to Encourage Early Reading Skills

Learning to read is a magical journey. A journey that opens new worlds as reading skills increase. Around the age of three or four some children are naturally interested in the printed world, while others seem to be oblivious to the fact that the signs, letters and words in their environment symbolically represents a whole different world. […]