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July 03, 2017     Category: Summer CampSummerT's LearningCamp

Why Summer Camp? - T’s Learning Center Summer CampThere is something magical about a summer camp experience. It can be one of the most rewarding, unforgettable experiences in a child’s life. Carefully selected role models are dedicated to showing your child how to have fun, learn from experience and make friends. All of the positive outcomes— self-confidence, overcoming challenges and building character— prepare them for bigger, brighter lives down the road.More wonderful reasons for summer campKids spend their day being physically...

May 22, 2017

Poison Oak and Poison Ivy - Typical Summertime NuisancesWalking through the woods, or even in your own backyard, is enjoyable. However, the appearance of a red, itchy rash the next day is not much fun. Poison Ivy has “hairy” vines and though not really an ‘ivy’, it’s growth pattern resembles ivy. The leaflets are almond shaped and smooth and sometimes irregularly lobed. Poison Oak is not a member of the oak family, yet has the leaf shape that resembles an oak leaf. Their leaflets are more distinctly lobed that poison ivy and...

May 22, 2017     Category: Parents

There’s a good chance you are reading this and are experiencing ‘parent guilt’ at this exact moment.It’s a feeling felt far too often and not easy to let go of. Guilt gnaws at us during times of quiet and is our unwanted companion as we retire for the night and rise for the day. It confuses and makes us feel insecure as parents, and as people in general. It fosters anger and blame and can cast dark shadows. The moment we become parents we come to the realization that all you do or don’t do, succeed at or fail at with your childre...

May 22, 2017     Category: Early Childhood EducationGoalsValuesTeamwork Communication

Being a leader - is it ‘natural born’ or is it nurture? Several psychologists conclude it’s more 50/50. Coming from a strong leadership family will definitely have an effect on leadership encouragement, even for a most mild-mannered child. Leaders can be categorized into two different styles. There is the inspiring leader, who is a thoughtful listener and inspires others in a positive and encouraging manner. The other being a dominate leader, who leans towards a more bossy and rigid in viewpoint.Parents can often confuse their i...

May 22, 2017     Category: Potty TrainingGoalsBehaviorPreparationStrategiesToddler

Meeting the Challenges of Potty Training Potty training is best achieved when the least amount of stress is present. It is wise not to plan training during any big life events such as a move, major holidays, relationship change or stress, etc. Be sure to have big girl or big boy pants ready and available and already have decided between a potty chair and potty seat. (A potty seat is the child-size toilet seat that attaches to your current toilet seat. A potty chair is a freestanding child-size “toilet”.) And lastly have fortitude ...

May 21, 2017     Category: Homemade GiftsHoliday EventsCraftsMemoriesKids

Fun Mother's  Day Crafts for Kids!Enjoy and happy crafting for a very Happy Mother’s Day! Here are some popular and creative video finds for crafting memorable Mother’s Day gifts! Watch as each of these engaging presenters show you some unique and fun projects easy to do at home or at school! There’s little prep, few materials, and a whole lot of engagement for your inspiration! DIY Mother’s Day Projects for Kids from Vivique Speaks https://youtu.be/svmd9HYS5FU In this fun series you’ll learn about a few ...

April 09, 2017     Category: St. AugustineExcercise

Enjoying Nature Around St. AugustineLooking for a family-time activities this weekend? It's the perfect time of year to enjoy St. Augustine's beautiful parks and get have family bonding time and get exercise! Get walking! Walking for the sake of walking can be a strange concept for kids. By trying to see the world from a child's perspective, we stand to learn so much by simply observing them exploring nature. So get your children outside and enjoy their unencumbered delight in exploration.Recreational walks around St. Augustine concentr...

April 09, 2017     Category: EasterHolidaysPreparationHoliday IdeasMemoriesFun

A New Look at Colorful Easter EggsWith Easter almost here, chocolate treats and colorful eggs seem to be part of daily family conversation. For the eco-conscious family, here are some fun, natural alternatives to plastic eggs and synthetic dyes for a festive celebration!As an alternative to store-bought dyes, experiment with making your dyes using fruits and vegetables -  they produce beautiful colors! This is not only an all-natural method; it also introduces kiddos to the one of the many useful purposes of organic materials.To get...

April 09, 2017     Category: GoalsValuesPreparationTeachingChoicesLessons

What Really Motivates Kids?More often than not, it is a challenge to motivate our kids? Often we meet defeat in attempting to motivate them. It can be a debilitating process creating push-pull scenario resulting in a power struggle.Before letting it get the best of us as parent, we need to put the brakes on and ask ourselves, “What’s my child’s responsibility here? What is mine?” As a parent, our job is to hold our child accountable when their work isn’t getting done – this will teach him how the real world works. Real world ...

March 12, 2017     Category: Seasonal AllergiesAllergiesOutdoor DangersHealth

Spring is in the Air and so are Sneezes"Achoo!" It's your child’s third sneezing fit of the morning, and as you hand another tissue you wonder if these cold-like symptoms — the sneezing, congestion, and runny nose — have something to do with the recent weather change. If these similar symptoms occur at the same time every year, you're likely right: seasonal allergies are at work. As many as 35.9 million Americans have seasonal allergies, according to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology.Seasonal allergi...