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Coloring In The Lines

Coloring In The Lines

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Child ColoringHow 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.

The Mindful School Year Ahead

The Mindful School Year Ahead

Happy Fall! September is here and we are off and running towards another school year filled with academics, activities, sports, tutoring, and more. Each and every year I dedicate my fall column to my personal promise of not over scheduling my own two boys and this year is no different. Balance is the key and…

Pipe Dreams

Pipe Dreams

“It will look nice!…just like a ledge running along the side of the wall,” I pleaded. “It will look STUPID!!!” “How about if we run it along the bottom of the wall where no one will see it?” “It will look even more STUPID!!!” “What if we build out the ledge so it goes up…

The Lazy Days of Summer

The Lazy Days of Summer

Growing up, I have great memories of summer: the beach, friends over for swim parties, my mom cutting up peaches for us, sleep overs, art classes, Yosemite, and BBQ’s. I know I attended a few camps, but nothing as specialized like the options of today….I remember the camps were local, outdoors, had lots of running…

Bringing the Fun Back into Play

Bringing the Fun Back into Play

Happy spring! My two favorite seasons are upon us, spring and summer, and it always inspires me to take the time to ensure my boys will have a great end of the school year and summer. The school year, even from preschool through kindergarten on, is filled with scheduled activities, homework, family demands and more.…

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