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5 ways to embrace even the most difficult parts of parenting

Being a parent is hard work. Just like any relationship, there are days you wish could last forever, and moments that make you question everything. You may even wonder if you're cut out for this parenting gig in the first place. My toddler is almost three years old, and I often hear opinions from other parents… Continue reading 5 ways to embrace even the most difficult parts of parenting

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5 Ways to Get to Know Your Child

Getting to know each other can be difficult, here’s some tips to help Co-authored by: Mari Peterson & April Brown Our children come to us in many seasons of life, and through many mediums. Although in our heart of hearts we may understand that our children are their own complete selves, to love our children… Continue reading 5 Ways to Get to Know Your Child

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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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Six Spring Gardening Activities for Families

Warm weather? Take the chaos outside! Although you may not FEEL the warm weather quite yet, it is officially spring! Soon your winter blues will lift, you’ll open your windows and breathe in the fresh air, and get some of that much needed vitamin D!   On behalf of Gardening Week 2019, here are some gardening activities that will… Continue reading Six Spring Gardening Activities for Families

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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

Art, in all its forms, has always been a joy for me to incorporate in my teaching practices, no matter the age group I'm exploring alongside. As a parent, creating with my child brings me so much happiness. Acting, drawing, painting, sculpting, creating models, pretend play, and music...these ways of expressing oneself fire the neurons… Continue reading Loose Parts & Open-Ended Play

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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