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October 19, 2020     Category: Daylight Saving TimeDaily RoutineSleep

DST (daylight saving time) was a bit different BK (before kids). Oh of course we would complain about losing an hour of sleep in the spring, but we were overjoyed when we got an extra hour of sleep in the fall.  You could stay up later and sleep in – and that all changed when the kiddies came along.In the spring and fall, most of us tackle with daylight saving time and it usually is a bit confusing. Below is a summary:  When is daylight saving time? “Daylight Saving Time” (or DST) refers to the practice of advancing ...

September 30, 2020     Category: Self-esteemSocial Skills

Most children enjoy social events like parties, play dates and family gatherings, but not all like to socialize. They may feel anxious, may stand back, and watch others or would rather play quietly by themselves.Keep in mindSome kids are simply less social than others.There are lots of reasons kids can struggle with social skills.There are many ways to help improve social skills.You may wonder if your child is not very social, it Is simply personality. Many children like their own company and do not need a lot of social interaction.But some ...

September 15, 2020     Category: Fire PreventionFire SafetySafety

October is Fire Prevention Month and preschoolers and young students everywhere will be learning about the importance of fire safety and fire prevention. Whether at home or in a classroom, it is important to teach children how to prevent fires and what to do if a fire breaks out unexpectedly. This is a good time to check out fire safety websites and to engage preschoolers in fire safety activities that get them learning about the dangers of fire. Usually, calmly practicing ahead of time, children are better equipped to handle emergency s...

September 02, 2020     Category: Fall CraftsCraftsCreative Play

Thinking about Fall? What is one of the first thing that comes to mind? Apples.  From picking apples at the orchard to baking an apple pie to giving an apple to a new teacher, the Fall is full of apples.  And apples are a wonderful inspiration for Fall crafts for the kids.Why not start by creating an Apple Footprint? Just rinse off those sandy tootsies and make a precious keepsake! Materials:8 x 10 canvas or white card stockRed, brown, and green paintPaint brushInstructions:Paint the bottom of your child’s right foot with ...

August 18, 2020     Category: Self-esteemShyness

Many children are considered shy. Shyness can be a help or a detriment to a child – it may depend on how it is handled.Shyness is a personality trait. Many who are shy are the nicest, as they tend to be attentive listeners and display a welcome presence even without saying a word. Shyness can help a child.It is not necessary to apologize for a shy child, especially when the child is around.. There is nothing wrong about being shy. Many people who do not understand shyness often liken being shy with having a problem. They belie...

July 31, 2020     Category: Family FunSummerCamp

Summertime is slowly coming to an end, but there is still time for kids to get outdoors and soak up the warm sun. There’s no such thing as too much time outside, right? And outdoor fun does not need to end when the sun goes down. Happily, there are plenty of nighttime games and activities that are just as fun for adults as they are for kids. So, gather the whole family, especially the kiddies, for backyard fun as dusk arrives. Here are some great summer-night activities:Glow-in-the-dark face paintSet the stage for a glowing and gor...

July 20, 2020     Category: Childhood Illness

Though most of the world has been following COVID-19 closely, as a parent, you should become familiar with  other illnesses that can affect you child beyond the  typical ear infections, colds, and stomach bugs.This blog is a summary of an article originally published by webMD.RSVRespiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is an infection of the airways. It usually isn’t serious, but if your child is under 2, or has a heart or lung disease or a weak immune system, it can inflame the lungs&n...

June 29, 2020     Category: MovingChildhood AnxietyHappy Families

Kids find moving stressful, just as adults do. Though less complicated for children, it is equally stressful. Kids feel safe in their own homes and neighborhoods, with the school and friends they know. Even with an air of excitement of the unknown, it also frightens them.There are steps below can help you make kids more comfortable with relocating. If you move often with the military or for a job, put these ideas on your moving checklist and keep it handyHow to make the move easier for the kids and for you!...

June 10, 2020     Category: Summertime BoredomLearningSummer Camp

Wonderful Summer Memories in Jacksonville and St. Augustine, FL are Just Waiting for Your Child at T’s Learning Center Summer Camp! Summer’s on its way . . . time to put the memories of the long lockdown aside, step out and feel the warmth of the sun, the softness of grass underneath our feet and make new memories for kids with an exciting summer camp learning experience.We’ve got themes and activities galore that let their imaginations soar. Ask your center director for details and save your spot today for all or  part of...

June 01, 2020     Category: AdoptionBringing Home an Adoptive ChildBlended Family

When bringing home an adoptive child, irrespective of age, parents often take a few weeks to settle in at home and get to know each other, limiting outside interests and work commitments. Here are important things adoptive parents should do when bringing their child home for the first time.PREPARING FOR THE BIG DAYHere are a few things to do in advance of your child’s arrival if time allows.Organize the child’s bedroom and gather bedding, clothing & diapering necessities. Ensure that your home is safe by childproofing electrical o...