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You Are Your Child’s Favorite Toy

As your child grows and develops, it’s important to continue finding opportunities for the family to play together. Have fun and use the time to bond as a family. In this post, we’ll learn some different activities and games to play with our toddlers and preschoolers to help facilitate learning, development, and strengthening relationships.  Toddler… Read more »

Let’s Play!

Incorporating play into your family routine is another great way to establish strong family connections.   As we learned about in The Power of Play in Brain Development, play helps children develop in several areas, from communication to motor skills to problem solving skills.  Family fun is not limited by age; you can play a… Read more »

Increasing Communication… Strengthening our Families

Once our children get a little older and have mastered their language skills, it’s important that parents start to establish healthy forms of communication. Communication is so important to building positive relationships with our kids, so what are some ways we can work on those skills? In this blog, we’ll explore some ways to increase… Read more »

Communicating throughout Your Child’s Development

Checking in… Before we can communicate with our children, we have to check in with ourselves. Take a moment to read about the different parenting styles and the effects they can have on our children. What’s your parenting style? Consistency, Consistency, Consistency! Once you’ve discovered your parenting style, it’s important to keep everyone on the… Read more »

Self-Regulation is Key

Self-Regulation is Fundamental to Emotional Development Self-regulation is a child’s ability to manage their full range of emotions according to the situation. A child who has developed self-regulation can stop themselves from throwing a temper tantrum when something doesn’t go their way or can calm themselves down when they become upset. Being able to control… Read more »

Parenting Doesn’t Come with a Manual

Our “Strengthening Families” series is all about the many ways you can build and maintain strong family togetherness. In this series, we will talk about age appropriate parenting strategies, how we can increase communication within the family, and the importance of playing with our children. Positive Parenting Raising children doesn’t come with an instruction manual,… Read more »

Frustration Tolerance

Today we’re finishing up our blog series on understanding temperament by discussing the final characteristic, frustration tolerance. A child’s patience and persistence levels can tell caregivers how a child copes with frustration and how likely they are to stick with a problem or challenge until they find a solution. Some children are easily frustrated, and… Read more »

Coping with Change

The third characteristic of temperament is the ability to cope with change. Coping with change refers to the ability to cope with and tolerate every day and larger changes.  Children who find changes to be difficult are called “keep it the same” kids. Although all children enjoy schedule consistency and dislike stopping an activity that… Read more »


The third characteristic of temperament is sociability. Sociability describes how children approach social situations and interact with other kids and adults. Some children are hesitant around people they don’t know. These kids are described as “slow-to-warm-up” kids. They need extra time and support from parents and caregivers before they feel comfortable enough to interact with… Read more »

Activity Level

The second characteristic of temperament is activity level. This describes to what extent your child uses movement and physical skills to learn and explore the world. When it comes to activity level, children can be described as “watchers and sitters” or “movers and shakers”. “Watchers and sitters” are generally happy to sit and play quietly,… Read more »