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Keep It Moving

As adults, we tend to imagine treadmills, dumbbells or our favorite Zumba Class when we hear the word “exercise.” Use of equipment and organized group classes keep us on track, but for children, exercise looks a little bit different. Kids exercise by staying physically active and moving their bodies throughout the day. Children who are… Read more »

Balancing Screen Time and Family Time

Let’s face it, kids can’t get enough of technology. So, let’s talk screen time. TV shows, the internet, and video games can offer children a creative source of learning and entertainment if they are used appropriately. The issue is, screen time is easy to overdo. Too much screen time can have unhealthy consequences for your… Read more »

Supporting Kindergarten Readiness

Kindergarten Registration began on April 11th in Virginia. Maybe you’re a parent in shock that you just registered your baby to start school or maybe you’re eager to kick start your child’s education. Either way, preparing your child for kindergarten is an important task for all parents and starts as soon as your child is… Read more »

Garden to Table: Growing a Love for Veggies

We are excited to introduce our new blog series: Encouraging Wellness. Raising healthy kids is a full-time job- from understanding development to communication to relationship building and everything in between. In this series, we will talk about healthy practices that parents can incorporate into their daily routines to further encourage overall health and wellness for… Read more »

Preventing Bullying in Early Childhood

Bullying is one of the biggest issues in schools today. In 2018, 90% of students in 4th-8th grade have been bullied or harassed in school, and over 160,000 children refuse to go to school each day in fear of being bullied (Reolink, 2018). Children who are bullied are more likely to experience anxiety, depression, decreased school… Read more »

Encouraging a Healthy Start

Fostering connections and strong relationships with your child are key to supporting their healthy social-emotional development. Let’s explore some relationship-building activities that you can add to your daily routine with your infants and toddlers. Spend Time Together This seems like a no-brainer. You might be thinking, “Well of course I have to spend time with… Read more »

Understanding Where YOU Are

During the course of this blog series, we’ve learned a lot about healthy social-emotional development and its long-term benefits. We’ve talked about milestones and staying alert to our children as they grow and develop. We also discussed knowing when to ask for help and further guidance. Today, we’re going to learn about the influence parents… Read more »

Knowing When to Ask For Help

In our last blog post, we learned about social-emotional milestones and the importance of observing as our children develop…but what happens if we notice that our child isn’t meeting his or her milestones?Although children have their own timetables and develop at different rates, we need to be on the look out to make sure their development… Read more »

Encouraging Milestone Moments

Understanding social-emotional development in infants and toddlers is important to be sure they are on track with learning the skills appropriate for their age. Developmental milestones can help you understand what to expect at different ages and identify areas of where your child may need to expand their skills. As your child grows and develops,… Read more »

Healthy Social-Emotional Development

Our new blog series will focus on healthy social-emotional development. In this series, we will help you understand what it is, provide some examples of social-emotional development and share why it is important to your child’s growth and development. According to Zero to Three, social-emotional development refers to your child’s ability to: Experience, regulate, and express… Read more »