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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...

January 01, 2017     Category: TravelSnack Ideas

We all know the hurdles and frustrations of traveling with a little one. Don’t dread your upcoming trip! Below are some helpful suggestions that can make it easy, breezy and oh-so-smooth.Be prepared! This goes for any type of traveling you do with your tot: driving, flying, riding the train, or magic carpet. The more prepared you are the better. That means having plenty of welcoming distractions for your little one.Car travel: On the road againTry to plan it out so you have something different to keep them occupied for every 15-20 minutes of ...

January 01, 2017     Category: BabysittingTeething

We feel your pain!Ouch! Is your little one dealing with some uncomfortable teething pains? Are you feeling hesitant about using benzocaine (found in products like Baby Orajel) and want something that will ease their discomfort without turning to medication?Here are five natural teething remedies (that actually help!):Brrrr. Apply something cold! This is the tried and true method for those irritated gums. And so simple! You can do something as simple as wet a soft wash cloth and throw it in the freezer for 20 or 30 minutes. You can really wet/fr...

January 01, 2017     Category: BabysittingParents

Choosing the Best Babysitter for Your Special Night Out!Ready for an adult only night on the town? Or maybe there is an upcoming dinner party that you just don’t want to miss? Maybe you’re looking for a long-term regular sitter. Regardless, as much as you love your child, sometimes you just need a well-deserved breather.Of course, you aren’t just going to trust the care of your child to the first person you bump into on the street (or maybe you will, maybe you live in a small neighborhood). You should always have a solid, dependable babys...

December 04, 2016     Category: Budget-friendly GiftsHomemade GiftsHoliday Ideas

Keep your holiday gift-giving budget in check!Homemade and handmade gifts are some of the most memorable and most affordable gifts to give this holiday season!Just like T's Learning Center is focused on providing affordable child care in St. Augustine, we keep our families in mind when it comes to other important areas of their lives too! So with the holidays coming, it doesn't mean you have to break the piggy bank. Never fear! Here we’ve collected five meaningful, handmade gift ideas you and your child can make together to spread the holid...