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March 15, 2019     Category: Spring Break

Did you know there are so many great things to do during spring break in Jacksonville, FL?Take a break from school and enjoy a local family outings! Why not start with a visit to the Jacksonville Zoo or spend the day on a trip to Skyway and the Downtown Library? They can be incredibly special for kids of any age! Visit the U-Pick Strawberry Farms in Northern Florida and don't forget to spend one day at the beach. You do not have to be much of a planner to enjoy Spring Break and do something special with the kids. If you are looking for way...

March 01, 2019

Children today are experiencing many kinds of losses. Helping children deal with loss, whether it be as a result of normal transitions like adjusting to a move or a new baby in the family, a death of a pet, or more serious losses, like a parent leaving for war, job loss, serious illness or death in the family - what children need most from us is for us to teach them basic lessons of the heart.We can't take away the pain of another, even that of a child, but our sense of helplessness need not restrain us from reaching out to her. Never unde...

February 15, 2019     Category: LoveParentsLife Lessons

All parents want happiness for their children. Sometimes parents tend to forget the most important thing which needs to be provided to children which is LOVE. Studies have shown that lack of parental warmth and love can make children more stressed, since parents put too much pressure on them to succeed without balancing it with affection. This can create health risks for children.  Love and affection help children to feel secure regardless of accomplishments. This builds their confidence and self-esteem.Earliest FeelingsOften, many pa...

January 31, 2019     Category: When to Wean

The tasks of weaning a child from the bottle and the pacifier are challenges most parents face eventually. When to do so is the question.As the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that a child should be weaned from the bottle by 15 months of age, though it is advisable to check with the child’s pediatrician if there are important concerns about the child’s health or nutrition.One very important reason to wean off the bottle early is to avoid dental problems. Sustained bottle drinking can damage teeth as most liquids other than w...

January 16, 2019     Category: Babysitter

It's normal to have mixed feelings the first time you leave your baby with a babysitter. Naturally, you might be nervous and maybe feeling guilty. To have your baby's time with a sitter go as smoothly as possible, here are some ways you can prepare your baby and yourself and the babysitter.How to get baby used be being with someone else?It's important to get your baby accustomed to being cared for by others. And starting this process relatively early – before separation anxiety sets in – makes things easier for everyone. Sta...

January 01, 2019     Category: New Year's Resolutions for the Whole Family

New Year’s Eve probably isn’t exactly what you might consider a “kid-friendly” holiday. But just because your children might not last long enough to see the ball drop, doesn’t mean they cannot contribute to this special event.  In fact, New Year’s Eve is a great time to come together and set some family goals for the upcoming year.To help a bit, here is a handy outline of New Year’s Resolutions for Families.  Many of the items on the list are things you have already considered for the new year, but this approac...

December 16, 2018     Category: Parental Expectations

How often do you find yourself giving vague instructions to your kids —  “Stop that”, “Clean this up”, “Be nice to your sister”, “I told you to stop it. ” usually with little effect? It seems children often seek to do exactly the opposite of what their parents tell them, whether because of distractions or just old-fashioned disobedience. But children misbehave for other reasons, too. Their parents may not have expressed their expectations clearly enough — or they’ve fallen into a pattern of in...

November 30, 2018     Category: Holiday Kitchen Memories

Looking for ideas to make memories for your little ones during the holidays? How about putting on some seasonal music, open your favorite cookbook and have them join you in the kitchen!Helping with cooking and baking make wonderful traditions for your child, while exploring different kinds of foods. The key to success is picking simple chores that your child can do. Here are a few ways to get your toddler or preschooler excited about holiday food through cooking:Washing the foods. Place a small, sturdy stool or chair in front of the ...

November 15, 2018     Category: Gratitude

In November, we often share something we are thankful for as we approach the Thanksgiving holiday. Expressing gratitude makes us feel happier and more aware. The value of gratitude is endless, and if we teach our children the benefits of gratitude while they’re young, they’ are more likely to reap the rewards throughout their lives.Look over these gratitude activities – these will help cultivate an “attitude of gratitude” in your little ones.Create a family gratitude book. Each member of the family should add photos, n...

October 31, 2018     Category: Fall Fun

Fall is well under way and you know what that means — comfy sweaters, huddling around a campfire and leaves of orange and red everywhere for most of the country.Fall in Florida is different. Most of the leaves stay on the trees almost year-round, except during the coldest few weeks. In Florida, our autumn is nothing more than a cooler summer. Fall is the best season of the year, so here are some ways for families with toddlers and preschoolers to enjoy the season outdoors regardless of the weather.TNT Gymnastics Preschool Open GymWant ...