Downtime Play Tips

Downtime is truely unstructured, “go play” time. It’s suggested children have an hour of downtime a day through 10 years old. With the pace of life, downtime can be hard to come by. Here are a few tips to get you started: Turn of the tv and computers – Screentime is anti-downtime. When children are … Continue reading “Downtime Play Tips”

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 oldest was six. … Continue reading “Answers to Overscheduling”

Are we together too much?

Tips for Creating Space in a Family “I feel like I am disciplining my children way more often than my mother had to discipline me.” I hear this often. It may be that we, as families, are just together too much. Or, at least together way more than we were with our families growing up. … Continue reading “Are we together too much?”

What to Do When They Don’t Like Lessons

Last summer your four-year-old agreed to swim lessons, and he even seemed a little excited. However when swim lessons started, he clung to your leg and cried through the first lesson. He sat on the side for the next few lessons that followed. Here are some ideas for the next go around: Ask what they’d … Continue reading “What to Do When They Don’t Like Lessons”

Want Kids to Play with Their Toys?

As a parent, I know the familiar frustrations: There are so many toys and activities in the house, and the kids are complaining they are bored. You have to get dinner ready and want them to play with toys, but they are under-foot. They finally find something to play with, and it lasts 6 minutes … Continue reading “Want Kids to Play with Their Toys?”

Ways to Encourage Independent Play

It can be difficult when your child seems to need a playmate all day. If you aren’t playing with them, they complain they are bored or just wander and whine. It is a good skill in life to be able to occupy your own time. Here are several ways to encourage independent play: First, pinpoint any particular needy … Continue reading “Ways to Encourage Independent Play”

Helping a Child Be Resilient

Hi Dr. Rene, My two-and-a-half-year-old is going through a lot of the typical two year old stuff. He has a growing imagination, talks lots, tests boundaries and is experiencing new fears. I am taking this all in stride, but I do find myself thinking that he doesn’t seem very resilient. He seems so sensitive to … Continue reading “Helping a Child Be Resilient”

Nurturing Independence

Dear Dr. Rene, My, just turned three years old, son knows his alphabet, colors, shapes and dinosaurs. He is beginning to spell and can manage 48 piece puzzles by himself. He is very interested in learning and listens intently and soaks information up like a sponge when interested. My concerns are when he has to … Continue reading “Nurturing Independence”

Managing Holiday Stress

I have a tendency to over schedule. As we enter the Holiday Season, this year more than ever, I want to slow down, appreciate the small things and make time for family. Here are a few things I am going to keep in mind, not just to keep sanity, but hopefully to add enjoyment. Help … Continue reading “Managing Holiday Stress”