Little Helpers

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

If there is one thing that is a constant as a parent it is that there is always something that needs to be done.   Continue reading

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Peek-a-Boo!

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

Peek-a-boo seems to be a game that nearly all young children love to play.  I’m not sure if it’s the anticipation of when they will see you again or the actual reappearance you make that they enjoy most, but whatever it is, peek-a-boo is often a favorite game of little ones.   Continue reading

Seasons of Life

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

You know something is a little off but you can’t quite pinpoint it. Your daily interactions with your kid have felt a little strained, maybe at times like you’re going through the motions. If you have more than one child you may feel like you’re getting along better with one, while having a hard time understanding the other. You may be quick to snap at them or just plain tired and having a hard time fully focusing. Continue reading

Funny Faces

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

What do you do first when you see a young baby? Do you smile, wave and all of a sudden start talking in a much higher pitch? Do you pinch their little cheeks or ask their adult (if it’s not you) if you can hold them? Do you start making silly faces at them to see if they smile or copy you? I know with my kids, I always liked to hold them so they could see me,then I could look into their eyes and smile at them and make lots of funny faces. Continue reading

(Don’t) Play With Your Food

This post was first published by the Marion & Polk Early Learning Hub here.

You know the question is coming…yet you’re hoping…hoping this time will be different. You’re hoping you can avoid the fight, hoping for a calm, peaceful meal where everyone eats everything you’ve prepared. Yet, just as you expected…the question comes: “Mom/Dad I’m full, can I get down?” You look at their plate and see what you always see…fruit and anything with sugar gone without a trace…veggies, grains and other healthy food clearly untouched. How can they be full? Continue reading

Playing to Learn

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

Somehow September is just a few days away and for many kids school is right around the corner.  The long and warm sunny days are giving way to cool and short autumn days, and in the northwest of course, the rain will return.  When the weather starts to turn and the daylight hours dwindle it can become more difficult to encourage kids to go outside and play.  Add in school work for the older kids and many schedules getting busier in the fall and winter – it seems like the opportunities for kids to have uninterrupted play start to dry up. Continue reading