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Art: Process Vs Product

Art: Process Vs Product

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Our kiddos make such treasures during preschool and elementary school. I have portfolios filled with finger paintings, drawings, collages, stories and more. It is so free, so expressive and so honest. I’ve recently stumbled upon my boys’ artwork and realized the works of art that really stand out to me are the ones that they created all on their own. No help from a teacher. No strict instructions. Fully expressive to who they are.

Picture Schedules to the Rescue!!

Picture Schedules to the Rescue!!

Morning routines are one of the most challenging times of day for families with children. Getting people up and out the door in time is a daunting task to begin with, and children are still getting the hang of things like time and focus and following verbal instructions, a skill deficit that could make the…

The Invitation

The Invitation

Throughout the “On Dad’s Watch” years, I’ve written about our son’s Tourette’s. In the early days, his “special” behavior was disguised behind humor, complaints and somewhat exaggerated tales. In latter days, following the “coming clean,” not much changed.

The Art of Summer

The Art of Summer

Happy Summer! It’s my favorite time of the year and I again ask how can the school year go by so quickly!? As my boys continue to grow up, each summer I ask myself how can I provide the best experiences and memories for them. Each year it really varies. I know I need some…

Coloring In The Lines

Coloring In The Lines

How many times have we all heard parents say to their child, “color in the lines.” The demand to “stay within the lines” usually starts with preschool and is often reiterated through early elementary school as children learn how to work spatially, visually and learn to express themselves.

5 Steps to Handling Tantrums

5 Steps to Handling Tantrums

If your child falls and hurts themselves, do you go to them?   Tantrums are no different.  They need you just as much.  Tantrums can come from a multitude of reasons;  they didn’t get their way or maybe their feelings were hurt.  Whatever the reason they need you and will get through it quicker if you…

The Power of a Parent’s Brain

The Power of a Parent’s Brain

Here we are in September! Another school year has begun. I was just preparing for an upcoming workshop and it got me thinking about how difficult change is. I always start a new school year thinking about how incredibly organized I will be. I’ll have lunches ready the night before, clothes prepped and then of…

Those Changing Times

Those Changing Times

Remember the disciplinary tactics you had when your kids were toddlers? I could easily get our daughter in line by threatening to “take her nose.” Our son was a different story. His capacity to defy order was insurmountable, not caring one bit about his nose, despite his belief that I actually had it.

How can I help my child eat healthier?

How can I help my child eat healthier?

By encouraging healthy eating habits at a young age, parents can impact their child’s lifelong relationship with food and help them grow into healthy adults. Healthy eating can impact a child’s energy, mood, mind and overall health. There are several easy steps parents can take to encourage and instill good eating habits.

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