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Hearing Loss in Children

Hearing Loss in Children

Hearing loss can affect a child’s ability to develop speech, language, and social skills. The earlier children with hearing loss start getting services, the more likely they are to reach their full potential.  A hearing loss can happen when any part of the ear is not working right, including the outer ear, middle ear, inner [...]

Children’s Independence

Children’s Independence

Independence is the cornerstone of life, and the sooner we gain it, the better our lives will be. Helping a child grain independence is an important task for moms, dads, grandparents, and caregivers. We love to cuddle our children, as we should, but independence and cuddling are totally compatible actions. You need not to choose [...]

Hectic Summers

Hectic Summers

Summer can be hectic for children. Schedules are often abandoned in favor of summer fun, which can have a negative effect on their behavior. These activities are easy ways to calm them, while simultaneously providing a unique learning experience. Fingertip Letter Writing Exercise: While calmly and quietly relaxing with eyes closed, this activity develops focusing [...]

Summer Fun

Summer Fun

Summer is here and the kids are out of school. What do we do when “they” get bored? Well, there are more excellent ideas than this article can accommodate, so here are two particular suggestions for you to consider. All experiences offer opportunities to learn, and these are no different. These activities are ageless and [...]

Outdoor Play for May

Outdoor Play for May

With the nice weather we have this month, it is time for some outdoor fun. Get your child outside by organizing a bubble blowing contest with friends or neighborhood children. Just mix up some bubble solution, assemble some tools for blowing, and the fun begins. Homemade Solutions 1 cup water 2 tablespoons light karo syrup [...]

Mother’s Day Activities

Mother’s Day Activities

Mothers love to get homemade gifts from their children, so on their special day, help the your grandchild, niece, nephew or fathers help your child create one of these personal gifts. Both gifts will give mom a great way to relax. Don’t forget the homemade car with a heartfelt message. Mother’s Day Cup and Tea [...]

Active Listening

Active Listening

Active listening is a skill every parent needs. When you use active listening with your child, it shows that you care. By using this skill, you will know more about what’s going on in your child’s life. Active listening is a must for good communication, and will result in your child involving you in his/her [...]

Social Maturity

Social Maturity

Do you ever wonder why some preteens and teens seem so immature, making bad choices in their daily lives? And, there will always be the child that seems to “have it together” even in those turbulent years. There are many things that garners confidence in a child, but the one we will discuss today is [...]

Struggles with Reading

Struggles with Reading

If your child (grades 3 and up) is struggling with reading, you can encourage reading by making a strong connection between reading and life. Hearing a story read aloud is an excellent way to encourage reading. Encourage your children to listen, make comments, and ask questions. Children want to read books or stories that makes [...]

Fun with Creation: Crystal Easter Eggs

Fun with Creation: Crystal Easter Eggs

With Easter coming up, enjoy with your children an easy science experiment that’s a fun to observe chemical reaction for kids! Supplies Needed: Borax (found with laundry detergent) Water Jars or vases (glass) Egg shells (cleaned with warm water) Food coloring Directions: Prepare the eggs by carefully removeing the top portion of the egg-shell (a [...]

Creating Easter Treats

Creating Easter Treats

With Easter arriving this month, it is a perfect time for creating. This sweet and salty popcorn treat is perfect for snacking. For younger children, talk about colors, textures and shapes. Older children can practice following written directions with your supervision and help. Salted Caramel Easter Popcorn Yield: about 8 cups popcorn Prep time: 10 [...]

Encore: Potty Training

Encore: Potty Training

Due to several inquiries concerning potty training, I am encoring and earlier article. Potty training… the mere word strikes fear in the hearts of even the bravest of us. The good news is that many have been there and survived. We each have different stories to tell because there are many ways to potty train [...]

Misbehavior and CLUE (Cont.)

Misbehavior and CLUE (Cont.)

“Children do not misbehave because they want to be bad.” A child’s expressive behavior begins in infancy, continues into childhood, and burst into the teenage years with a vengeance. You now know to seek out the etiology (who, what, when, where) of the behavior. Now, I will call this process, CLUE, after the old game [...]

Misbehaving Children

Misbehaving Children

“Children do not misbehave because they want to be bad.” Can this be true? In fact, it is very true. Everyone knows that infants cry to have their needs met. It is an automatic response to the infant being uncomfortable. Having no other means of communicating the need for food, dry bottoms, or tummy aches, [...]

Christmas is Over

Christmas is Over

Christmas is over. Now, new toys are consuming your world, and you are about over it. Before you reach the next level and become truly frustrated, there is something you can do, that not only answers your immediate need, but also becomes a tool that will boost your parenting. It’s time to teach your child [...]

Dealing With Holiday Stress

Dealing With Holiday Stress

As adults, we are very acquainted with holiday stress. We experience it every year. While the holidays are enjoyable (we look forward to them), they can be very stressful for some, if not all, of us. Sometimes we forget that our children our not immuned to the stress of the holidays, simply because they do [...]