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
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?
I made this list when we stayed home for yet another Spring Break, and thought it would be equally helpful to share at the start of summer! There are so many great things to do in the Northern Virginia area. The Smithsonian- Our family’s favorite museums include the Natural History Museum, the two Air and Space … Continue reading Northern Virginia Staycation (Updated 2017)
So often when I write about siblings, it’s about how to best manage the bickering and the fighting or how to get them to stop grabbing toys from each other. Happily, this post is about ways to encourage their relationships! Teach social skills in general – If your children have difficulty taking turns or grabbing … Continue reading Tips to Encourage Sibling Relationships
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?
For many, this is day two with no power. Things to do to pass the time: Pillow Forts and Blanket over the Dining Room Table Forts Read Aloud Chapter Books – ideally while the children lie very still Low Mess Art Supplies – crayons and coloring books or poster boards, chalk and chalk boards, stickers … Continue reading Things to Do With Kids When the Power is Out
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
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
Dear Dr. Rene, My two-year-old daughter is happy, friendly and affectionate around adults, but, aside from a couple of her friends who recently moved away, she just does not seem to like other children at the moment! When I tell her that we are going somewhere to see her friend(s), she tells me that she … Continue reading Two-Year-Old Doesn’t Like to Play with Others
So, I’ve been asked many times in the last year for my thoughts about young children playing on iPads or reading on Kindles. My answers always lean towards it being better to play with toys or each other and read books rather than screens. Even when it’s just to occupy them because you need a minute, I … Continue reading Exactly! Downside of E-Readers for Young Children