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Parenting Tip of the Week - Decisions, Decisions, Decisions

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Parenting Tip of the Week - Decisions, Decisions, Decisions

So many decisions, so little time! Should you be letting your little one make decisions and is it really that important? Actually yes. Decision-making is a much used skill that is needed throughout their lives. It's not just about what toppings they want on their pizza. It's about teaching their brains how to process decisions and how to make hard choices. So, today's parenting tip is about giving your child choices, but not just any choices. The right choices! Parenting Tip - Select Your Choices Wisely The question often asked is, "how many choices?" Of course the answer is, well, it depends (helpful, I know :)) The...

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Parenting Tip of the Week - RESPECT

Posted by Amanda Jacobs on

Parenting Tip of the Week - RESPECT

Welcome to our first Parenting Tip of the Week. Today we're going to explore respect. We all know that respect works both ways but sometimes we forget that applies to our little ones too.   Parenting Tip - Mutual Respect As parents, we naturally expect respect from our children, but can sometimes be guilty of not reciprocating that well-deserved respect. Our kids absolutely deserve our respect and the same thought and care we would give to other family members, or our best friend in the same situation.     Like adults, kids too, have good days and bad days. They...

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Fun Christmas Facts

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Fun Christmas Facts

We all need some holiday cheer and so we've compiled a bunch of fun Christmas Facts to impress your friends and family with over the holidays!    1. Santa originally only had 8 reindeer helpers Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Dunder, and Blixem made their debut appearance in Clement Moore's “A Visit from Saint Nicholas” (more commonly known as "Twas the Night Before Christmas"), in 1823.   2. Wait, who are Dunder & Blixem? “Dunder" and "Blixem” mean “thunder” and “lightning” in German. In 1837, publisher Charles Fenno Hoffman printed a version of “A Visit from Saint Nicholas” which...

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5 Main Areas of Child Development

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5 Main Areas of Child Development

What is child development? As children get older, they develop in various different ways which cover physical, intellectual, social and emotional changes. It's the process that every child goes through and includes everything from physical skills such as sitting and standing, to social and emotional skills such as smiling or forming relationships with others. How your child behaves, thinks, moves, and speaks are big clues about his development. Every child progresses at their own pace but there are certain skills they should each by a certain age, and these are known as developmental milestones. The early years are the most important time to start building a...

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Fine Motor Skills: Best Toys for Fine Motor Development

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Fine Motor Skills: Best Toys for Fine Motor Development

Fine motor skills are the coordination of the small muscles and the eyes. They mostly refer to the small muscles in the hands and fingers. With the development of fine motor skills, children will be able to achieve functions across a range of skills including: Academic - writing, drawing, scribbling, cutting with scissors, etc Self-care - brushing teeth and hair, tying shoelaces, get dressed, using a zipper and buttons, using silverware for eating Play - building blocks, threading a bead, grasping small objects,   Best activities and toys for fine motor skill development There are many ways we can help encourage the development of fine...

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