Eating Together

This was originally posted by the Marion & Polk Early Learning Hub here.

One thing that I think we have done really well as parents is we have been very intentional about making mealtime family time.  We put away our phones, make sure the TV is off and come sit down together for our meals. Continue reading

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Sleepy Kid Blues

This was originally posted by the Marion & Polk Early Learning Hub here.

You can see it coming before it even happens.  The tantrum and tears will be flowing soon. You’ve seen a few eye rubs, their attitude has changed from happy and playful to grumpy and frustrated.  Your little one is tired and doesn’t want to admit it. They want so desperately to stay up a little longer, run around the kitchen a few more times, or read one more book.  But their little bodies are shutting down and a meltdown is imminent. How do we avoid those sleepy kid blues? Continue reading

I’m Sorry

This was originally posted by the Marion & Polk Early Learning Hub here.

One thing we definitely expect of our children is to own up to their mistakes and apologize when they have done something wrong.  We may even make them say it over again until we feel like they actually mean it. But, how often do we as caregivers apologize and admit our own mistakes to them? Continue reading

Sending Them Off to School

This was originally posted by the Marion & Polk Early Learning Hub here.

Do you want to know something that has made me a little anxious lately?  We are talking about school options for my firstborn…for next year!  It seems crazy that we’re already at that point with my son.  He’s no longer a toddler, let alone a baby…he’s a full-fledged little boy!   Continue reading

Protecting That Beautiful Smile

This was originally posted by the Marion & Polk Early Learning Hub here.

You know what’s really cute?  Seeing your kid smile and get excited about brushing their teeth!  You know what’s even cuter?  Watching your four-year old grab their toothbrush and bring out the little one for his 16-month old sister as well!   Continue reading

Funny Talk

This was originally posted by the Marion & Polk Early Learning Hub here.

I believe that seeing children smile or laugh are two of the top of the things that bring joy for most caregivers.  I know how much I adore my son’s hysterical laugh and how hilarious my daughter’s little “I want to laugh too” chuckle is.   Continue reading