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3 Inclusive Summer Activities for Toddlers

Easy activities for parents so you can make the most out of your kid’s summer Co-authored by: Mari Peterson & April Brown During the summer, many parents juggle work with trying to keep their kids busy in between summer camp, summer school, various types of at home care, or respite. And some parents don’t have… Continue reading 3 Inclusive Summer Activities for Toddlers

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Your Child Needs to Hear You Say I’m Sorry

No matter how we become parents, by choice or unexpectedly, parenting is a life changing and continuous journey. Parenting is tough! Although tips, guidance, and confirmation that we are doing a good job can help ease the challenges, parents have to parent day by day, hour by hour, and minute by minute. And many of… Continue reading Your Child Needs to Hear You Say I’m Sorry

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Summertime Inquiry Projects for Toddlers

Summertime is upon us! And if you're anything like me, you're already wondering how you are going to keep your kid busy without losing your mind. Well, don't lose hope. I'm here to tell you that summer offers the perfect opportunity to let your child's curiosity run wild as they dig deep into their interests.… Continue reading Summertime Inquiry Projects for Toddlers

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Unspoken Lessons

“Children are great imitators, so give them something great to imitate”-unknown The front room in my parent’s house is the proud keeper of most of our family’s photographs. Over the years, I tried to be fair, but please don’t count how many times I appear in these pictures because you might leave thinking I’m a… Continue reading Unspoken Lessons

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Creating a Child-Centered Home for Toddlers

“The wider the range of possibilities we offer children, the more intense will be their motivations and the richer their experiences.” Loris Malaguzzi, Reggio Emilia Approach One of the most frequently asked questions I get about parenting is, "How can I create a child-centered home?" My last blog was an overview of loose parts & open-ended… Continue reading Creating a Child-Centered Home for Toddlers

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Loose Parts & Open-Ended Play

I've always been drawn to creating. Art, in all its forms, has always been a joy for me to incorporate in my teaching. As a parent, creating with my child brings so much happiness. Acting, drawing, painting, sculpting, creating models, pretend play, and music...these ways of expressing oneself fire the neurons in my brain. I… Continue reading Loose Parts & Open-Ended Play

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Winter Activities for Littles

Here in Texas, the weather is getting, well, it seems totally random. Some days we have a high of 50 and other days it spikes to 80. I'm not complaining...that's for sure. Especially in front of all of you "snowed-in" friends! Mornings are usually in the low 30's or 40's, so H and I spend… Continue reading Winter Activities for Littles

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Bring Mindfulness Home for the Holidays

The holiday season is upon us and let’s face it, the holidays are notorious for bringing added stress to your life. From your hyper religious cousin with his never ending questions about what church you go to (“We actually don’t “do” organized religion… we meditate with our Rottweiler….”) to loads of sugar exposed nieces and… Continue reading Bring Mindfulness Home for the Holidays

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3 Collaborative Cardboard Art Projects for Toddlers

My two year old daughter loves creating. Luckily, I'm of the philosophy that children need to have access to many different types of art supplies from a young age. Because of this, I keep a wide range of items that will engage and spark curiosity in my daughter. Our cupboards are filled to the brim;… Continue reading 3 Collaborative Cardboard Art Projects for Toddlers

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3 Ways to Teach Peace in Your Home

Our daughter is almost two years old. I can't believe it. Time seemed to pass by so slowly when she was an infant...the days just ran together (probably from utter exhaustion). Now, she is a feisty, active, exploring toddler! As she gets older, I strive to continue to find creative ways to embed routines into… Continue reading 3 Ways to Teach Peace in Your Home