5 Surprising Facts About Christmas

December 18, 2017

We’re now in the full swing of the Christmas season. Sometimes it's hard to tell fact from fiction between all the traditions, nativity renditions, and folklore.

But it’s important to get the story right. Since Christmas really is about God's Son coming to earth, it's important to understand what God has revealed. There’s a lot of tradition that gets confused for fact. As you teach your preschooler the Christmas story, keep the facts of Christmas in mind. 

How many of these did you know? 

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How to Help Your Preschooler Hold a Pencil Correctly

November 27, 2017

It’s not uncommon for children in early elementary to really struggle with handwriting. Not being able to write well can demotivate children, make them feel stupid, or cause them to dislike school.

But did you know that handwriting problems are often connected to the way your child holds a pencil? If your child arrives at kindergarten holding a pencil incorrectly, it usually takes a while to correct this grip, which, in turn delays proper handwriting and can cause the serious problems above. 

In other words, problems with handwriting often begin several years before kindergarten. They're often several years in the making.

You may remember that your child’s doctor began testing his or her pincer grip around a year old. These muscles in the thumb and pointer finger are crucial to holding a pencil correctly.

Just like any other muscles, these muscles require development. Teaching your preschooler how to hold a pencil correctly can ultimately serve to facilitate proper handwriting and encourage active learning.

Here are five ways to teach your preschooler to hold a pencil correctly.

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Explaining Thanksgiving to Your Preschooler

November 20, 2017

With the Thanksgiving holiday fast approaching, you’re likely looking forward to celebrating with family and friends. 

Although your preschooler will have some time off school, that doesn’t mean it’s downtime for you. You’re likely finishing up (or maybe even starting) your plans and making Thanksgiving dinner food runs. But thanksgiving isn’t just about food or even just about family. It’s about gratefulness to God for his constant, gracious provision.

They say you don’t really know something until you can teach it. Want to run a little experience? Ask your child to tell you what Thanksgiving is all about. I bet you’ll get a great Facebook post out of that or at least a good chuckle. At the very least, you’ll likely get an opportunity to explain the holiday.

Here are a few things you’ll want to keep in mind.

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5 Ways to Help Your Preschooler Show Gratitude

November 13, 2017

Thanksgiving is a natural time to express gratitude, but that doesn’t mean expressing gratitude is natural. As we look to this holiday season, how can you help your preschooler be grateful?

Here are five simple activities to turn your preschooler’s heart to gratitude during this Thanksgiving season.

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Fun Activities With Items From Your Pantry

October 23, 2017

I recently saw a TV episode from a 1960's show where parents were bemoaning the expense of a child's birthday party. At the time, they were bemoaning $3 or $4 dollars for a theme park visit. 

Although the dollar amounts have changed, the concern has not. It's easy to feel like having fun with your child or giving your preschooler a fun activity with his or her friends requires spending a ton of money.

But there are so many fun activities you can do with every-day items that cost almost nothing. The best part? You can do these fun activities with items you probably already own. 

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How Do I Talk with My Preschooler’s Teacher?

September 25, 2017

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My Preschooler is Anxious

September 21, 2017

It's not uncommon for children to be nervous at the beginning of a new school year. Now that we're a few weeks into this year, it may be that your child is still struggling with being anxious. 

How should you respond? Should you tell him to toughen up? Should you wait it out? Should you be taking some important action right now? 

While every child is different, here are four steps to help your preschooler work through anxiety. 

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6 Things Your Preschooler Needs To Hear

September 14, 2017

Parenting children uniquely reveals your strengths and weaknesses. In this broken world, broken parents can never be perfect, but we can learn to emphasize the most important things. 

In order for your child to pick up on emphases, however, he or she must hear them and see them nearly every day. It's easy to make one of two errors. 

First, it's easy to naively assume that mere words will communicate your values. If these words are not backed up by action, however, they will ring hollow. 

The second error is to assume that your child will interpret your actions and learn the lessons behind them. They need to hear the words, not just see the actions. 

Like a good song, the music must fit the words. If your words say one thing and your actions another, it'll fit no better than a poorly matching tune. But without the words, music can only communicate so much. 

There are at least six things your preschooler should hear from you on a consistent basis.

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My Preschooler Won't Eat!

September 7, 2017

Before my daughter could talk, we taught her some basic baby sign language. Well, truthfully, we only taught her "all done." When she was done with her food, she would hold both hands up and twist them at the wrists, doing a sort of double-wave.

At first, it was great. We could finally understand when she was done with her food. It took a lot of the guesswork out—is she done yet? is she still hungry? But it wasn't long before she was seemingly saying "all done" just about before she started.

A new problem was created. Now we were concerned about her eating enough. It felt mean to force feed her, but we wanted her to eat enough. What do you do if your preschooler isn't eating enough?

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What Do Preschoolers Learn?

August 28, 2017

Whether you've just enrolled your child in preschool or are considering it in the near future, it's important to realize what your preschooler will learn. While every program is different, most preschools will help your child learn in the following areas.

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My Preschooler Won't Sleep

August 17, 2017

Sleep is important for all of us, but it's doubly important for young children. But what happens when your child isn't falling asleep or when he or she isn't staying asleep? What steps can you make to help your child sleep? 

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How Will Preschool Help My Child Spiritually?

August 10, 2017

Ephesians 6:4 is a guiding principle for any parent. It says to "bring [your children] up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord." It's right and natural, then, that the spiritual health of your preschooler should strongly influence every decision you make for your child. 

Let's say your child only attends 4 hours of preschool per day for 5 days a week. That's 20 hours a week. Now let's assume that in a year there are 40 weeks of preschool. If you're doing the math yourself, that means that sending your child to preschool for one year means entrusting other people with 800 hours of your preschooler's life in a single year. Talk about influence! 

So will preschool help your child spiritually? If so, how so? 

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