Eating Organic Without Teaching Your Preschooler To Look Down On Others

June 1, 2017

They all pulled out their lunches. Jared had the usual—a homemade peanut butter and jelly sandwich, a bag of chips, and a Little Debbie.

“What is that!” a girl practically yelled as she pointed at his lunch. “Don't you know that desserts aren't good for you? They make you fat!" At this point, I intervened and Jared was saved any more humiliation. 

How do you teach your child something you believe in strongly without also teaching him or her to look down on others? That's a question that faces all of us, whether you only eat organic food or not. 

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Is Juice Bad for Kids?

May 29, 2017

Whenever I'm around other parents and their kids, I can't help but notice all the juice boxes. It's like their going out of style. Have you ever taken the time to read the nutrition facts on one of those little boxes? Yes, I'm even talking about the all-nature, responsibly-sourced, organic, free-range, grass-fed juice! 

I don't feed my child juice—except as a rare treat. We just drink water and a very occasional glass of milk. Best of all, she likes it! Whenever I tell another parent, "We don't do juice," I either get looks of skepticism or disbelief. 

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How to Prevent Your Own Parent Tantrums

May 18, 2017

Parenting little ones finds a way of exposing our edges. We find we can love more than we thought possible; our selfishness, however, also extends further than we could see.

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Is My Preschooler Eating Enough?

May 15, 2017

I once had my child's doctor tell me, "I've never had a parent ask me if his child is eating too much, but almost every parent asks if his child is eating enough."

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Five-minute Activities to Increase Your Child’s Creativity

May 11, 2017

No school can take the place of an involved parent. Don't get me wrong; every school does its best to develop the children under its care. It's just that there's no replacing a good parent.

I've never met a parent who thinks they've done enough for their child, so this isn't a reprimand. And I think every parent I know feels stuck between wanting to do more and having no time.

Are their ways you can help your child develop that don't cost an hour of your time? Can parents really expect to develop their child's creativity when life is so busy?

Yes, we think so! We've pulled together several five-minute activities that you can use to increase your child's creativity.

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Five Best Free Recreational Spots for Preschoolers in Charlotte

May 8, 2017

As we head into the summer, we're all wanting to get outside more. Sometimes getting outside, however, comes with a high price tag.

We did a little research and found dozens of free activities to do together with your kids in Charlotte. We've picked what we think are the top five!

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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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Being Organized Will Make Your Child’s Life Better

April 27, 2017

Children have an uncanny ability to detect stress levels. You may think you're hiding it well, but your children can feel when you're relaxed and they can feel when you're stressed out.

So what do we do? The way I see it, we have two options. We either get a lot better at hiding our stress or we stop getting stressed so frequently.

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Interview with Debbie Pruitt: What is the difference between preschool and daycare?

April 24, 2017

We recently sat down with our director, Debbie Pruitt, to discuss a question we often hear: What exactly is the difference between preschool and daycare?

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Screen Time Guidelines for Preschoolers

April 20, 2017

Parenting as a single parent can prove difficult, particularly when it comes to occupying your children. You have to provide dinner while watching your children. The easiest solution to this paradox involves media.

Here are your options: 1) let your children sit and watch TV or play with an iPad and get dinner ready or 2) watch your child tear the house apart while you distractedly try to get dinner together.

Is there any danger for your preschooler in media? How can you set up realistic, safe screen time guidelines?

First, let's examine the effect of media on preschoolers. We'll be better positioned, then, to offer some suggestions for screen time guidelines for your preschooler.

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Goodbye, Rushed School Morning!👋

April 17, 2017

It's hard to recover from a rough morning. I don't know about you, but when my morning feels rushed, the whole day seems to be off.

It's hard enough to be disciplined about your morning without kids. Add children to the mix, and you've got a real challenge.

It's easy to think you're alone in this challenge, but you're not. All of us with school-aged children struggle with the morning routine.

No matter how hard we work, there'll always be occasional hectic mornings. The goal, however, is to make those mornings the exception and not the rule.

Here are a few tips that may help you regain control of your mornings.1

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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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