February always makes me think of Valentine’s day. Valentine’s Day is often associated with lots of hearts and chocolates, but when I think of the holiday I recall spending hours writing up my Valentines to deliver to my classmates’ special, heart-shaped boxes. At younger ages, this was an arduous task with lots of erasing and struggling to spell names correctly. However, as the years progressed it became more enjoyable and is one of my treasured memories. Every year this holiday tradition continues, and kids of all ages like to participate in sending out their Valentines. But what age is appropriate […]
5 Ways to Help Kids Be Good Friends
“ The only way to have a friend is to be one.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson August 7th was Friendship Day, an international holiday for celebrating friendship and recognizing the importance of global bonding. In addition, August, for many families, marks the beginning of back-to-school season. As excited as parents and kids are for school, there tends to be some concern about how children will adjust to their new classroom. In short, will they get along with the other kids and be able to make friends? Although we send kids to school for academic learning, their social learning is a huge […]
Stopping the Summer Learning Slump!
Summer learning doesn’t have to be torturous. In fact, it should be the exact opposite. Here are some ways to make learning fun, so that your child will be begging for more educational opportunities all summer long. […]
Hip Hip Hooray for Career Day!
What do you want to be when you grow up? It’s a question we’ve all heard, and even as adults, it’s a question many of us still think about. Who do we want to be, what impact are we hoping to make with our lives, what career will bring us purpose, and what legacy will we leave behind. Take Your Child To Work Day was originally founded by the Ms. Foundation as Take Your Daughters to Work Day in 1993 to inspire young women to think about their futures. However, as of 2003, in order to reflect the fact that […]
Sleep is Important for Overall Health and Happiness
In the last year, due to the pandemic, we’ve spent a lot of time talking about hygiene. We know the importance of washing our hands, disinfecting high-touch surfaces, and staying socially distanced to lower the spread of germs. But, one topic that hasn’t been discussed quite as much is the importance of good sleep hygiene. Sleep hygiene, or the habits and practices that help us get a good night’s sleep, is an essential part of promoting good health. Yet, despite knowing the importance of sleep, 70% of American adults and nearly 50% of children don’t get enough sleep. Signs of Sleep Disruption According to […]
Bringing Children into Women’s History Month
Perhaps you are a parent who has been juggling virtual learning while working from home. Or you’re a child care provider who has not yet streamlined your communication process with ChildWatch. Either way a year has passed since the first COVID-19 lock downs and children’s education seems to only have gotten more complicated. It has been a challenging year all around for parents and childcare providers alike. Many children have gotten more screen time than anyone would have hoped or planned. If you are taking care of a child or children, it is completely understandable to feel that you are […]