Play Therapy to Help Children Cope

Toddler girl in child occupational therapy session doing sensory playful exercises with her therapist.

The What and Who, Why, When, Where, and How of Play Therapy for Children   In the best of all possible worlds, our kids experience their early years as a time of sunshine and roses … growing up in a loving family, enjoying a decent home and good schools, hitting all developmental milestones, storing away pleasant […]

Preschool Holiday Art Projects  

Making holiday art projects for this season's festive

12 Days of Holiday Art Projects for All to Enjoy   With all the holiday celebrations happening—Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa—kids are excited, families are busy, festivities are planned. Want to personalize the thrill of the season? Deck your halls with holiday art projects crafted by your family’s own hands. That includes adults and children, with particular focus on […]

Motivating Children To Do Chores 

Getting Kids Involved in Chores Shouldn’t Be A Chore    Chores are good for kids. By the time they’re two years old, toddlers can pick up toys and put away books. At four, preschoolers are perfectly capable of setting the table with placemats, napkins, and silverware and clearing away utensils after a meal. Little do they […]

Chores as a Youngster Can Pay Off Throughout Life  

Look, Mommy—no more blocks! All put away, all by myself!  Whatcha doin’, Daddy? Picking up sticks? Can I help?  The answer is yes, absolutely! Getting your kids involved in household chores is one of the best things you can do for them and for the family. Immediate benefits to youngsters include developing skills and learning […]

Helping Your Child Improve Gross Motor Skills

We celebrate every milestone. Cheering when our babies roll over. Applauding when they sit up. Praising when they crawl across the room. Taking videos as they step, then walk, then run as fast as their legs can go.  What our youngsters are doing is developing their gross motor skills, which are the essential foundation of movements […]

Creative Arts in Early Childhood Education

Benefits of Creative Arts in Early Childhood - A splattered painting of a blue and red heart shape is shown here with a brush and a pan of various colored watercolor paints.

Arts education helps children develop social skills and confidence from a young age, and children are never too young for such opportunities. Due to the rapid brain growth a developing child experiences, these enrichment programs are critical to a child’s development. In many classrooms, the arts are only an option. As research and experts demonstrate, […]

These Back-to-School Tips Make School Exciting

Back to School Tips For Parents - "Back to School" is written in chalk on a blackboard surrounded by various school supplies.

As the final weeks of summer approach, you’re likely getting your children ready to return to class––and essentially, the classic school year routine. Long gone will be the time of sleeping in, lazy days, and outdoor hangs with neighborhood buddies. Instead, your child’s afternoons will be filled with homework and nightly prep for the rest of […]

How to Help Your Preschooler Handle Their Emotions

Helping Preschoolers Cope With Their Emotions - A child lying with their father displays an angry face.

Preschoolers may look older than toddlers, but don’t be fooled by their expansive vocabulary and growing independence—they can still feel overwhelmed by strong emotions. Children’s brains grow rapidly and can’t always keep pace, so it’s important that you help your preschooler develop healthy ways to cope with their emotions when they seem overwhelming. In this […]

Benefits of Music on Child Development

Effects of Music on Child Development - A little boy with spikey hair in a leather jacket attempts to tune an electronic guitar.

As children learn and grow, they make discoveries about themselves and the world that surrounds them. Childhood is the most critical time for building the physical and mental foundations that will support us for the rest of our lives. As a parent of a small child, you should strive to provide the tools necessary to […]

4 Science Experiments to Help Teach Children About the Weather

Weather Experiments For Kids - Three children express curiosity about a microscope.

Weather is part of our everyday routine. We wake up and let the weather decide what we’ll wear for the day. In some instances, we let the weather decide what we’ll do for the day, too. Though the weather is a mundane part of our everyday lives, it’s an exciting, unusual concept for children. “Why […]