Catie Smith

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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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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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6 Healthy Preschooler Lunch Ideas

August 4, 2017

No one sets out to send their kids with unhealthy food. It's just that usually it's easier to throw a pre-packaged, store-bought lunch into a lunchbox. 

So let's add a few marks to the healthy food column by looking at six healthy preschool lunch ideas.

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Low-cost vacation ideas for families with preschoolers

May 4, 2017

As spring turns into summer, we're all thinking about vacation. Taking a week or two off can be a great way to relax together as a family.

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The Origin of Easter Symbols

April 13, 2017

Our culture is not always friendly to the Christian faith. It's understandable that people who do not know Christ don't emphasize the Christian meaning of Easter.

Now that we're approaching Easter, let's take some time to get a clear understanding of the common Easter symbols. Many of these symbols have roots in the Christian heritage or have been adopted by Christians to teach truth. 

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Helping Your Child Overcome Shyness

March 30, 2017

We've all seen it done poorly. The child is in tears. The parent is embarrassingly trying to pry the child off her leg. Everyone watching is not sure what to do.

The truth is, some children really struggle in new situations. Some children are terrified of meeting new people. Some children are just plain shy.

When I was five or six, my grandma from Georgia came to visit us. I hadn't seen her in several years, so I did what any shy five or six year-old would do. I hid behind our front door.

Helping your child overcome shyness is not an easy job. How do you avoid hurting your child or driving him to terror? How can you help your child overcome shyness?1

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Four Ways to Be a More Playful Parent

March 16, 2017

Children bond through play. Or more precisely, children bond through shared experiences. Most of what they experience together is play.

If you want to grow closer to your children, you need to learn to play with them. So how can you be a more playful parent?

How can you get better at playing? Here are four suggestions.

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6 Reasons Your Preschooler Needs Outdoor Play

March 6, 2017

If you've ever tried to get your child to stop playing video games and go outside, you know the struggle. Getting your preschooler to play outside can be really challenging, so is it really worth all the hassle? 

Here are 6 reasons to be encouraged and to keep up the fight for outdoor play.

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Top Ten Books for Three Year-Olds

January 16, 2017

Goodreads is a sort of social website for readers. Among its features, the platform offers book ratings for its members. Here are the top ten books people recommend for three year-olds along with their corresponding Goodreads descriptions.

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3 Ways to Teach Your Child to Give Back This Christmas

December 12, 2016

The hustle and bustle of the Christmas season is always filled with lots of giving—at least as a parent. As a child, however, it's easy to see Christmas simply as a time for getting more stuff. 

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