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…

Why Music Lessons Might be Helpful for Child Development

We’ve discussed ways to get your little one involved in extracurricular activities and one of the ideas mentioned was playing an instrument. Playing an instrument can do a lot of good for your little one. There are a multitude of benefits such as the development of physical and social skills, patience and discipline and a…

Fun & Festive Fall Activities for Virginia Families

It’s that time of the year again!  A welcomed change in weather and the overwhelming presence of pumpkins…it’s FALL TIME! The summer heat seems to be gone and no one seems to be complaining. We are so excited for the fall festivities to begin. We’ve thought of a couple fun, outdoor activities for you and…

Eco-Friendly Families: How to Reduce Plastic in Your Home & Day

Most of us can’t imagine a world without plastic. It’s in everything – from bottles to toys to even your food packaging! While it’s hard to completely cut it out, reducing how much you use is not only good for your health, but also the environment, too. It’s almost impossible to know what exactly is…

Tips for a Smooth Back to School Transition!

The Transition Back to School It’s been a long summer…exciting for some and tiring for others. For a number of children, getting back into the groove of studying and learning again can be difficult.  Summer has been a whirlwind of pool days and play dates and it can be hard to adjust to a set…