Category Archives for "Early Childhood"

March 2, 2010

Responsive parenting: my top piece of parenting advice

I recently began volunteering with young mothers in my area: lay counseling, parenting help, a Mommy Money Program (the mothers can earn points toward free products, diapers, clothing, etc) and more. After speaking with the Director of this facility, we both agreed: more parenting focus is needed. We want to teach the mothers in more […]

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March 2, 2010

Let your kids entertain themselves (even if it’s messy)

The weather here in Pine has been chilly lately. The kids around town (including ours) have been sledding, engaged in snowball fights and of course, snowmen (or snowwomen?) have been built. However, as the snow melts and makes a big mess, there are fewer outdoor activities that can be taken advantage of. The result? Cabin […]

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March 2, 2010

Orange peel artwork is so much fun!

We’ve opened the floodgates in our home. The three-year-old now knows full well that I own the following items: Paint Glue Paintbrushes Scissors Paper Stamps I’ve been introducing these items to her, over time, for a reason. During my years of nanny work and working with early learners, it quickly became apparent: if you announce […]

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March 2, 2010

Do you meet your child at eye level?

One of the most effective ways to build self esteem in others, including children, is through the following avenue: Eye contact. Do you meet your child at his/her level? Do you bend down when talking to your baby or toddler? When surveying potential childcare or preschool locations, are you aware of the eye contact (or […]

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March 2, 2010

Dancing with Daddy: an unexpected bonding moment

We took a little break from the ordinary today. A friend of ours rolled into town for a visit with her three adorable daughters. She gave my daughter a dress, adorned with plastic flowers, securely attached with glue. Mmmmm….Hmmmm. We attempted to remove the dress before heading off to Payson for a little thrift store […]

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Take a little tour of my home: design tips for those with young children!

Okay – this is not really a “design” tour. It’s more of a philosophy tour. I have this philosophy that small children need easy access to books, colorful items, objects they are allowed to touch and explore, craft items, games, etc. I am going to take you through our little home. There is method behind […]

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