Friday, October 21, 2011
Halloween is a happy, fun-filled holiday for families and provides inspiration for children to express creativity and manners!
Halloween is a happy, fun-filled holiday for families and provides inspiration for children to express creativity and manners! Parents balance this enthusiastic learning opportunity, however, by providing safe and dependable environments – both at home and “on the trick-or-treat road.” Pumpkin Decorating Encourage your children to participate in pumpkin decorating activities. Costumes Children should let their imaginations go – this is the ultimate creative activity! Resist ‘buying’ a boxed costume for your children (and don’t be afraid that you’ll have to roll out grandma’s sewing machine). In order to make costumes safe, consider the following: Treats! Before the ‘treats,’ plan an easy and filling dinner. Pasta with veggies or …
Friday, August 26, 2011
Our children come to us with a fresh look at life, full of uniqueness, purity and innocence.
Our children come to us with a fresh look at life, full of uniqueness, purity and innocence. Each and every day, our children take joy in learning from us—not just the big life lessons, but the nuances, too. As grown-ups, we often rush through life, caught up in day to day tasks. In a blink, babies become preschoolers, and before we know it we’ll be cheering for them at their high school graduation. Consider what our children can teach us, or remind us of, if we only let them. Our children can remind us what love is—true, unconditional love. They can remind us what it means to really apologize, to not just say “I’m sorry,” but to mean it. They can remind us what pure, raw emotion is—happiness, in its most genuine form, and sadness, too. …
Friday, August 19, 2011
"Eat, drink and be merry," was the theme Thursday night at South County Commons when patrons and business owners took to the streets.
Thursday night found the avenues of South County Commons cordoned off as businesses moved outside for an evening of music, food and entertainment. The 2011 Summer Concert Series, held weekly, featured a country hoedown with live band, Ten Rod Ramblers. Camped out in lawn chairs and spread out on blankets, families, couples and Commons patrons gathered to listen to music and sample the eats prepared by local restaurants. On hand for the series and serving up Italian fare was the executive chef for Trattoria Romana Jay Dias, providing footlong meatball subs, sausage and peppers and cold drinks. Jay heads up the kitchen at the restaurant's catering division, Trattoria Romana Express, located in Lincoln, Rhode Island. Also cooking to order was…
With your toddler asserting a newly discovered feeling of independence, you may find yourself at your wits’ end.
With your toddler asserting a newly discovered feeling of independence, you may find yourself at your wits’ end. Tasks that were once a piece of cake — from buckling a car seat, brushing teeth and getting dressed to grocery shopping and mealtimes — can be a big production these days. Now that your child is testing the waters of freedom — getting bigger, stronger, faster, and simultaneously discovering the word “No!” — you might wonder how to regain control. Consider these tips for guiding your child toward good behavior. Prepare your child in advance by listing each step. Instead of asking, “Are you ready to go home?” use a happy but firm tone to say, “First, we’re going to walk to the car. Remember to hold my hand. Next, I will help you …
Friday, August 12, 2011
Advice and tips for parents on how to prepare their children for the coming school year.
Back-to-school season is here, and South Kingstown area children are probably getting excited about shopping for new clothes and being able to see their school friends. While education is an essential part of growing up, other factors like waking up earlier in the morning, brushing teeth and packing a school lunch are also important, as it helps develop an organized lifestyle and further a child's growth. It is so important for children to get into the routine of going to sleep at a reasonable time, and knowing what daily morning chores they need to accomplish each day. In addition, the school year is great because it allows children to be around their peers more often throughout the day, and this promotes social stability. I'd encourage …
Friday, August 5, 2011
Does it seem like the days repeat, and then the minutes repeat within the day?
So, kids learn through play. Fun motivates the play. Children, while not afraid of failure, LOVE success. And this success needs to be repeated. The good news is this behavior reinforces learning. Although, for adults, playing the game again, reading the book again, doing everything again...and then repeating can be tedious. OK, we are doing well listening to Dr. Nancy. Take a look at the associated video. Does it make it you feel different when you consider that this early learning and repetition is setting the foundation for your childs educational future? To quote Kyle Pruett, MD: "Although the 18- to 36-month-old can still seem very young, neuro-development and personality formation are such that children this age are actually …
Friday, July 22, 2011
Did you know that your child came with an instruction manual?
Did you know that your child came with an instruction manual? The problem is, you need to be a developmental psychologist to read it. Fortunately for you, I happen to know one. Dr. Nancy Buck is a PhD in developmental psychology….specializing in parenting. She is also a Southern Rhode Islander who has shared her parenting advice on Oprah and Friends and in Psychology Today. I am going to share with you my recent conversation with Dr. Nancy, and she has read YOUR child’s instruction manual. I’ve got your attention now. In the first segment, see the associated video, Dr. Nancy talks about our built in genetic programming. It seems natural to think of our physical needs – food, water, sleep, etc. There are also psychological needs …
Friday, July 15, 2011
Homemade frozen treats are a great way to beat the heat this summer. Here are a few simple treats you and your child can make together to cool down on the hottest of summer days.
Sunday, July 17th, 2011 is national ice cream day. Join us at The Goddard School, noon to 2pm, for some FREE ice cream.
Friday, March 11, 2011
Counting on friends and family for a parental break.
Our energy-filled children can exhaust even the most active of grandparents—and us for that matter! If we are lucky enough to be able to count on beloved grandma, great-auntie or another older family member to provide care for our little ones while we steal a few hours for ourselves, a night away or even just a less chaotic run to the market, a few advance preparations may help put our minds at ease.
Friday, March 4, 2011
“When should I take my child to the dentist for the first time?”
Many new parents wonder, “When should I take my child to the dentist for the first time?” According to the American Dental Association, your child should have their first dental visit by their first birthday, or sometime within six months of when they get their first tooth. When looking for a dentist for your child, you may choose to go to your regular family dentist or a pediatric dentist. There are advantages to both, such as familiarity with your family dentist and specialized training for children with the pediatric dentist. The most important aspect to consider is that you and your child are comfortable with your choice. If you choose to find a pediatric dentist, it’s best to ask your family dentist for a recommendation or visit the …