Let’s Talk About Screentime

Some kids are “screen zombies” – if there is a screen on they are attached do it. These are the children who do need limits on their screen time. But what about the kids who aren’t screen zombies? Instead of limiting their time, monitor what they watch. There is A LOT for toddlers to learn from Preschool shows like Paw Patrol, Peppa Pig, Blaze and the Monster Machines, as well as wonderful videos on YouTube for proper hygiene, potty training, using your manners, and learning all sorts of languages. My daughters are particularly fond of Spanish & Korean videos. Plus...

High Quality Parenting

High-quality parenting includes parental monitoring, consistency of boundaries and discipline, warmth in responsiveness, cognitive involvement, & predictability of behavior. These traits provide a child with a healthy emotional environment necessary for optimal development. It’s important to create an environment that’s predictable, safe, and nurturing where the child feels comfortable. This is vital for proper development across all domains.

Factors Impacting Child Development

A child’s developmental foundation is made with their home, school, and anywhere they spend the majority of the time. There are important factors which influence a child’s development. The factors include where they live, the household income total, home environment, education, and relationships with family, friends, and community members. When these factors are varied development is impacted differently.


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Nutrition – Part 2

One of the best ways to teach children proper nutrition is to teach them how to cook their own food. Most culinary artists will tell you that they’ve been cooking in the kitchen since 3 or 4 years old.  If you don’t know where to start, then pick something simple that you’d like your child to be able to make independently like a grilled cheese sandwich. First thing is to teach your child(ren) kitchen safety including knives, fire, fire extinguisher, and all cooking equipment. Next is finding the foods you want to teach them to cook. Or maybe you’re learning...

Nutrition – Part 1

Proper nutrition plays an important role in your child’s development. People often forget that proper nutrition is more than just what’s on your plate at mealtime. It also includes what you drink and how much physical activity you engage in. The proper food guidelines have changed in recent years and many people are confused about what makes a balanced diet. Nutrition.gov has a very helpful PDF with the newest guidelines on proper plate portions. MyPlate at Home PDF (Imagine from MyPlate Kids’ Place) Eating habits, good or bad, are established in the first 5 years of life. As parents, we want...

Screen Time

There is much debate about how much screen time is enough and how much is too much for kids. The answer is: there isn’t one answer for all kids. Every kid is different. My oldest daughter (3 years old) will watch television for 30 mins then run outside to play for 2 hours. My second daughter (1-year-old) doesn’t really care for television. She has one show that she really likes but other than that she would rather be playing with toys. Therefore, in my house, television stays on pretty much all day and acts as background noise during our daily...

Early Signs of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

Catching Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) early in a child’s life enables parents to assist the child’s development as they grow. Children on the spectrum have different needs and often learn differently than their peers. Therefore, it is important to notice ASD before a child gets too far in elementary school. Autism Spectrum Disorder is defined as a developmental disorder that impacts behavior and communication by the Nation Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). Autism is known as a “spectrum” disorder because there is wide variation in the type and severity of symptoms people experience. ASD occurs in all ethnic, racial, and economic...

Different Learning Styles

The Seven Learning Styles Visual (spatial): You prefer using pictures, images, and spatial understanding. Aural (auditory-musical): You prefer using sound and music. Verbal (linguistic): You prefer using words, both in speech and writing. Physical (kinesthetic): You prefer using your body, hands, and sense of touch. Logical (mathematical): You prefer using logic, reasoning, and systems. Social (interpersonal): You prefer to learn in groups or with other people. Solitary (intrapersonal): You prefer to work alone and use self-study. Educators use this information to optimize instruction delivery for a classroom of 20+ kids. You can use this information to help you learn new...