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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...

March 12, 2017     Category: Spring BreakHolidaysWalkingNatureFunVacation

Spring is in the air and folks are headed to St. Augustine for Spring Break!Spend an exotic spring break vacation right here in your own backyard! St. Augustine has many unique and fun outdoor activities for the entire family!Spend time in the sun and surf! Camp at Anastasia State Park. Enjoy fine beach side resort accommodations like Castillo Real or even your own beach rental. Swim, body board or body surf in the ocean. Bask in the sunshine and splash in the waves at one of the many beaches. Just be sure to wear your sunscreen!When scho...

March 12, 2017     Category: HolidaysActivitiesFunKid BakingHoliday IdeasCrafts

Easter and Springtime CraftsSpring is on the way! Time to celebrate the end of winter blahs with lots of crafts for the kiddies! Birds, flowers, sunny skies, and all of the other wonderful signs of the coming season of renewal. Yay! Here are 3 easy, fun and adorable Easter and spring crafts.  These crafts double as home decor and are just the thing to usher in a new season!Of course they are kid-friendly and the perfect addition to Easter Baskets or creative kids’ activities just in case a snow day dares come between now and our...

March 12, 2017     Category: Outdoor adventuresTogethernessFamilyExerciseHealth

Hiking with kids is a great way to get them connected to the outdoors at a young age.As Spring approaches, we challenge you to get your kids out on the trails! Family hikes teach our children to appreciate and enjoy nature while also encouraging exercise and family togetherness. Here are some helpful tips:1. Keep it easy & feature-friendly. At first, select a hike that isn’t too long or too strenuous – remember that for kids, the hike is about the experience. Picking a trail that has some features – be it a lake, stream, wa...

February 23, 2017     Category: LearningDecisionsChoices

Ah decisions, decisions … when to allow your child to make their own.A good start it allowing and encouraging choices and decisions in play.Through social activity and play and children carve out their autonomy and declare their independence. They test the waters by sometimes diving straight in and other times dipping a toe in here and there. Not every choice is a guaranteed winner and more often than not, they don’t make the best choices the first go around.Simply by lack of maturity and impulsive nature of child’s wants and desires can ...

February 23, 2017     Category: CharityT's CaresFund RaisingArea Events

Walk Miles in Someone Else's ShoesSomeone would love to walk a mile in YOUR shoes – to go to school – to go to work – to go out and play – or to simply to feel the comfort that shoes bring to feet that have not known the luxury of a decent pair of shoes.At T’s Learning Center, we are proud to spend most of the month of February partnering with Soles4Souls to help collect shoes for those in need in 127 countries around the world and in all 50 states within the US.So, do your Spring Cleaning a little early – rummage through you...

February 21, 2017     Category: HolidaysValentine's DayHoliday Baking

Every day is a day for love! However, Valentine’s Day is carved out as the exclamation mark!T’s Learning Center will 'share the love' in-house with Valentine's Day festivities for our daycare, preschool and VPK students at our Jacksonville and St. Augustine childcare locations. We also want to spread the love with our T's Learning Center families with a few unique and memorable Valentine’s Day ideas for you and the kiddos!Host a special tea party for the little ladies in your life!Come one, come all! Be sure to invite friends re...

February 06, 2017     Category: EtiquetteBirthdayParties

How to handle the coming deluge of birthday parties!It’s only a matter of time once your child is around other kids – at daycare – in school – or in a group activity that birthday party invitations will fall like confetti on a parade!And if this is your first parade, you may think that kids’ parties are relatively simple events – balloons, cake, ice cream, Pin-the-Tail-on- the-Donkey (oops, do they still play that game?), presents and voila – a child is happy and the child’s guests excitedly babble to their parents about the won...

January 01, 2017     Category: SiblingsBabyNew Arrivals

Welcoming a new child into the family can have a big impact and brings about many changes. Preparing for a new arrival takes a lot of energy, preparations, and attention - not to mention the excitement it generates! All of this can be overwhelming and difficult for your older child to handle. There is no “right” way to prepare your child for this but here are some guidelines to hopefully make it an easier transition on them and your family. You’re probably wondering when you should break the news to the soon-to-be older sib...