9 Critical Values to Teach Your Preschooler at Home

February 27, 2017

Choosing the right preschool is very important, but the teaching you provide in your home is far more important.  Even though your child is young, she is learning at an incredible rate. Think of the last time (I bet it wasn’t long ago) that you were shocked by what she learned!

Preschool years are critical years for laying a foundation for the rest of their lives.  You have an incredible opportunity to build and shape this young life for success in the work place, for healthy relationships, for the development of personal integrity, and a satisfying future. 

Don’t undervalue your critical role.  Don’t miss the opportunity to make a difference!

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Five Ways to Bond with Your Child

February 23, 2017

There’s nothing like the connection between a parent and a child. For that reason, perhaps nothing builds angst and heartache in the heart of a parent like struggling to bond with a child.

It’s not just heartache that we feel though. We often feel shame. Why am I struggling to connect with my own child? What am I doing wrong? How can I strengthen that bond? 

Consider these five ways to bond with your child.

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Should I Make My Preschooler Do Chores?

February 20, 2017

Sometimes a parent is tempted to do a chore because they can do it faster or better themselves. Other times they feel guilty about having their children do chores because they just want them to enjoy being kids.

Interestingly, a survey by Braun Research in 2014 found that of 82% of parents who said they had regular chores growing up, only 28% ask their children to do any.  So, what’s the scoop on chores?

Is there any value to having your children participate in household chores? Should you make your preschooler do chores?

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Interview with K3 Teacher Rebecca Lemp

February 16, 2017

We recently sat down with Rebecca Lemp, the lead teacher in one of our K3 classrooms, for an interview. We talked about her background and teaching experience and asked her to speak directly to parents about common experiences with preschoolers. 

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5 Quick & Easy Breakfast Recipes for Preschoolers

February 13, 2017

Giving your preschooler breakfast, even if it is something small, is a great way to start her day. With many choices before you, what you choose to feed your child is important.  A healthy diet will have a good balance of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats.

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10 Tips for Dealing with Picky Eaters

February 9, 2017

Teaching your child to eat what's set before him is important. If you've ever seen an adult pick through his food at a private dinner party or out in a restaurant, you understand its importance.

Some kids love trying new food and adventurously try whatever you set before them, but let's face it, none of us know those kids.

So what should we all do when our children inevitably go through picky eating phases? As parents, how should we deal with our little picky eaters?

Let me suggest ten helpful tips in no particular order.

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How Can I Help My Child Be Kind to Others?

February 6, 2017

Many people have heard of the Golden Rule: “In everything, therefore, treat people the same way you want them to treat you”  (Matthew 7:12, NASB).

It’s easy to see why this would be called the “Golden Rule!” We all want to be treated with kindness and respect.  But how do we teach our preschool children to treat people kindly?

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Five Tips for a Stress-Free Bedtime Routine

February 2, 2017

“Mommy, I need another drink of water.”

“I forgot to go potty!”

“My toe really itches.”

These and countless more cries right at bedtime can drag out a preschooler’s bedtime routine, and bring stress and frustration for you as the parent.

Just as your preschooler needs plenty of sleep, so you need some kid-free time after your preschooler goes to bed. But a poorly managed tuck-in time can imperil your preschooler’s sleep--and your sanity.

So what can you do to have a positive, stress-free bedtime routine? Consider these five tips.

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