Safe and Engaging Sensory Play for Babies
Sensory play is an important and fun way for children to explore and learn about their world. However, it can be challenging to engage in sensory play with your baby since everything ends up in their mouth. Here is a way to allow your baby to safely explore through sensory play, without needing to worry. It is great for tummy time, practicing sitting or standing, or even to take with you in the car or store.
Waiting is hard! How to make wait times fun
Waiting can be one of the hardest things that we have to do. It can be challenging as an adult, so think about how hard it must be for your toddler or preschooler that hasn’t fully learned how to regulate their emotions yet. They’re tired, excited, bored, hyper, and just plain done with being in line. Maybe they are overwhelmed by sensory input from the lights and sounds or an uncomfortable seam in their clothing. This can make the seemingly simple task of waiting feel nearly impossible to your little one, which leads to unpleasant behavior and sometimes tricky situations for parents to deal with. (Do I ditch my almost full cart and carry my screaming child out of the store or keep shopping? We’ve all been there.)
Homemade Edible Cornstarch Paint!
Spark an early love for art and creativity while giving your little one the sensory experience that they crave. All with this taste-safe, odor free homemade paint.
Sibling Fighting – How to Create Peace at Home
Siblings fight. It’s a normal part of a multi-child household. The positive side is that it can help to develop self-esteem and emotional intelligence. However, it can also be overwhelming and take the fun out of family time.
Car Seats and Snowsuits – How to Keep Your Little One Safe and Warm This Winter
Winter is fast approaching. Can you smell it in the air? And that means it’s time to bundle up your little ones whenever you leave the house.
Reading Out Loud: Why Start When They’re Young
Reading out loud to your child helps them soak up social, emotional and cognitive skills better than anything else does. It sets them up for success in life – both academically and behaviorally.
Back to School: How to Help Your Child Transition
A new school year means new routines, dealing with unknown, and a lot of change for your little one to navigate. For parents/caregivers, it can be very exciting and stressful at the same time as well. Here are 5 tips to help crate a smoother transition this school year…
Actively Listening to Your Child
Active Listening is when the listener is able to fully concentrate on, understand, respond to and remember what is being said. The listener is on the same level as the speaker, making eye contact, and actively taking an interest.
As parents and caregivers, we are busy – going in so many directions at once and trying our best to balance the plethora of responsibilities we all have. And let’s face it – our little ones tend to have so much to say that it can be hard to make ourselves stop and listen to yet another story about (insert their current “funny” story they’re telling on repeat). But here’s why pausing our to-do list and actively listening to what they have to say is so important…
Bubbles provide hours of outdoor entertainment for all ages. What a great way to spend time together outside as a family!
Here is a recipe for making your own super-bubble solution. You can make it ahead of time and store it in an airtight container, or if you have older children, this is a great family STEM activity.
Mindfulness: Focusing your attention and awareness on the present moment. A therapeutic technique for calming, acknowledging and accepting your thoughts and emotions.