6 Summer Camp Benefits

By Jess Michaels For generations, children have spent their summers at day and sleepaway camps, trying new activities such as swimming, hiking, and various sports. But what many families may not realize is that camp provides children with different opportunities to develop important life skills that are difficult to achieve in any other environment. Below…

Holidays Are Over… Now What?

That day that you and your family have been waiting for for ages is now over. Yes, over. You have done your part. You have committed to hours of shopping, baking, planning and prepping. You have wrapped presents and entertained guests. You have dealt with overly excited children and now. You. Are. Done. The awaited…

Make a Meaningful Holiday Season

December really is a wonderful time of the year. Twinkly lights strung around town, wreaths hung on neighbors’ doors, the jolly atmosphere that holiday music brings. Most importantly of all, it’s a time for family togetherness. This season offers families a valuable chance to make some great memories. How can such a value be shared…

Activities for this Holiday Season

We’re ready for Christmas and we’re counting down the days. But hold on…we can’t let Christmas slip away from us too fast! There is still so much to do. Call this a holiday to-do list, a countdown calendar or a simple bucket list…whatever you call it – it’s time to get crackin’! Find a fun…

Tips for Helping Children Sleep Well During the Holiday

By Malia Jacobson Parents’ holiday wishes are simple: children tucked snug in bed, dreaming of sugar plums. But for families with small children, the winter holidays aren’t always sleep-friendly. From late-night parties and holiday travel to school performances and visiting relatives, the holiday season is packed with sleep disruptions. Unfortunately, this can leave children tired…

How to Handle the Curiosity of a Toddler

“WHYWHYWHY:” why does this word and the never-ending repetition of it make up a toddler’s entire vocabulary? How do we deal with the curiosity that comes from such a simple question? Toddlers are known to be curious little things that never seem to sit still. We can always count on them to be tottering half…

Books to Celebrate the Season

Grab your hot cocoa and hot cider and get cozy for some adorable fall reads. These books not only teach your little one about the ways of nature and animals in the fall, but are fun to read and look at as well. Check them out! Ages 3-7 A funny read about an old lady…

Take Advantage of Fall!

Fall seems to be slipping through our fingers before we can really appreciate the beauty of it. We’ve gathered a list of some fun things to do this fall before it’s officially the winter season. Visit an orchard: Orchards are perfect for grownups and kids alike. They offer a large space for kids to run…

Shutting Down With Gossip

Ah….gossip. Most of us do it, sometimes without even realizing we are gossiping. In a world where gossiping is unfortunately the ‘norm,’ how do we teach our kids to do better? We have a few ideas that may carry your family in the right direction. Teach the basics “Treat people the way you want to…

Halloween Safety Tips

Children look forward to Halloween Night!   A few safety tips to ensure a grand time!

Pacifiers can be a gift sent from heaven when your little one is tiny. Other than the fact that they keep your child from bawling their eyes out, pacifiers can help prevent Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). It’s no shock that a lot of parents use the simple device as a crutch when things are…

Improving Attention Spans

Child development experts say that, on average, a four or five year old child should be able to stay focused on a particular activity two to five minutes times the year of their age. With this in mind, your child should be able to focus between four and twenty minutes depending on the task. If…