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Encouraging Children’s Empathy

Empathy is the understanding of or sensitivity to others feelings and experiences. It is a developing trait across childhood and can greatly vary between children based on age, predisposition and experiences. There are several ways parents can coach the component pieces of emotion language and … [Read More...]

Fine Motor Play Ideas with Preschoolers

Pincer Grasp Pennies in a piggy bank Tweezers to move cotton balls between bowls Eye droppers to move water between bowls (or painting with colored water) Moving toothpicks between bowls or play Pick Up Sticks Golf tee games Small pieces of food for snack Original Colorforms and … [Read More...]

How to Talk about School Shootings with Children by Age

  School shootings continue to be a rare occurrence. Experts report that, statistically, your child is safer from violence and death at school than they are at home or in their neighborhood. It can be difficult to keep that in mind when we hear the death tolls and now see student experiences … [Read More...]

In Addition to Thoughts and Prayers: Actions to Address School Shootings

The statistics on school shootings in the United States are overwhelming. There have been 17 shootings on school grounds in 2018 alone; 8 of these being intentional and during school hours . In Florida, this week's school shooting left 17 dead and 5 in intensive care. I am not a safety expert, I'm … [Read More...]

Answers to Overscheduling

Parenting often involves a whole lot of scheduling. It's your own schedule, it's their school and activities schedule, their playdates and homework or screen time. It is a lot to juggle. Get a Master Calendar - We have a desk size calendar on our dining room table and have each year since our … [Read More...]

Ways to Encourage Listening and Following Directions

So much of parents' frustration stems from children not listening or following directions. Like any other social skill, this is something that can be encouraged and taught. Model - When you are in conversation with your children, or when they are asking you questions, it's helpful to really … [Read More...]

All About Time-Outs: Reservations and Guidelines

First a disclaimer - I didn't use time-outs with my own children. The preschool that I work at reserves time-outs only for when all else fails. As a formal approach, they haven't used this in at least the last two years. Not positive discipline - Time-outs are not considered positive discipline. … [Read More...]

Teaching Kids How to Take Another’s Perspective

Perspective taking is very limited in young children. Like, how two-year-olds close their eyes to hide when playing hide and seek. The thought is, 'if they can't see themselves, you can't see them.' Three-year-olds stand in front of you and don't realize you can't see through them. Even four years … [Read More...]