Raising Toddlers: Activities That Help Toddlers Talk

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As parents it can be frustrating if our toddler isn’t talking by the time they are supposed to. This typically occurs between the 18-24 month age range but can often occur later. Many parents have enjoyed that newborn baby stage and are ready to hear what their child has to say. Yet, toddlers usually talk […]

Five Ways to Encourage Creative Play in Your Preschooler

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This article on creative play is written on behalf on Dilly’s Treehouse, a company with a goal to inspire ALL young children to learn and discover through active play and investigation. Check out our review of their boxes, which includes a short unboxing video and a look into what they have to offer young children. *This post […]

Gently Parent Your Toddler Toward a Positive Playdate

Tips for avoiding playdate drama with toddlers and preschoolers! Gently parent your way toward a positive playdate.

“That’s my toy!” Sound familiar? Hoping for a positive playdate at your house? ‘Play dates’ are kind of a thing. When I was young, I don’t remember such a ‘thing’ existing, you just went over to someone’s house and played. At the end of the day, it’s all the same. Play dates provide with ample social […]

Books about Optimism for Kids

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Teaching kids to be optimistic is possible, but simple telling them to do so won’t just work. There are many different ways we can teach optimism and positive thinking to kids, from using positive language and avoiding negative quips. Additionally reading books about optimism and the power of a positive outlook can really help kids see […]

How to Raise Optimistic Kids: The Power of Positive Thinking for Children

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As parents, we want to raise optimistic kids who view the world with the glass half full. Not only does it make them more enjoyable to be around, but kids with a positive outlook generally perform better overall, particularly academically. This style of optimistic thinking doesn’t protect kids from getting angry (that’s normal), rather it […]

8 Ways Kids Can Calm Down Anywhere PLUS a Printable Mini Book

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Calming tools are really wonderful for kids who are quick to anger or have a difficult time calming down when upset. In my post about tips for helping an angry child calm down, I added an infographic at the end with some ways kids can calm down anywhere, those tools were so popular I wanted […]

How to Deal with an Angry Kid in a Gentle Way

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Having an angry kid can be quite exhausting to deal with. While working on my Master’s degree in Child Development, and for my undergrad thesis, I studied child temperament. Kids are all different. Some are easygoing and carefree, while others have a more difficult time with transitions, regulating emotions and handling big feelings. If you […]