A Super Easy Activity: Tangrams

A Super Easy Activity: Tangrams
Looking for something fun to do with your children and only have a piece of paper? This is a fun way to entertain children (and yourself) while exercising your brain muscles: Tangrams. Tangrams is an ancient Chinese puzzle that has seven pieces (tans) of geometric shapes. Each set has one square, one parallelogram, and a variety of triangle sizes (two large, one medium, and two small). A simple way to play with tangrams is to print out ...
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Guest Post: Focusing in a Tech-Saturated World through Mindfulness

Guest Post: Focusing in a Tech-Saturated World through Mindfulness
Your child's day is filled with noise, motion and lights. From TVs blaring, phones buzzing and more, their days can be filled with devices and distractions. These distractions make the brain work harder. A National Safety Council white paper said , "Human brains do not perform two tasks at the same time. Instead, the brain handles tasks sequentially, switching between one task and another." Over time, these distractions cause stress, decrease pro...
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The Basics of Bike Riding Safety

The Basics of Bike Riding Safety
The warm weather means that more families look to the great outdoors for their activities. Bike riding is a great activity that many families with kids of all ages can enjoy. While bike riding can be a great experience for everyone, there are some important safety tips and guidelines to consider before you take your children for a bike ride. The most important thing to do before your child hops on their bike is to get them a properly fitted helme...
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The Road to Bilingualism

The Road to Bilingualism
The percentage of bilingual children in the United States has risen steadily for the past decade, causing families to wonder if it really is worth it to have their child learn another language or if the process is too lengthy and costly. This blog is to inform and help families navigate their way to having their child become bilingual, so families can decide if it is truly worth the effort. Pros and ConsLike all abilities, bilingualism also inclu...
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Guest Post: 10 Tips for Living with Infertility

Guest Post: 10 Tips for Living with Infertility
Infertility is unfortunately the reality of 1 in 8 couples. It's hard, lonely and painful. After being on our road to our baby for two years, I've learned a few things. Honestly, I'm still a rookie in the infertility department, but after learning these things, I've found so much more peace and happiness in our journey than before I started applying these things to my daily life. Number One: Accept it. It can be so hard to accept that infertility...
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Does Birth Order Impact Parenting and Child Development?

Does Birth Order Impact Parenting and Child Development?
If you grew up with siblings or have multiple children, you probably understand the major effect that birth order has on family dynamics. We all know the stereotypes about how oldest, middle, and youngest children likely behave and what their place in the family means about their future achievement and success. Everyone probably has a story about how they were impacted by older or younger siblings and how they were treated differently by their pa...
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Speaking to Your Young Children About the LGBTQ Community

Speaking to Your Young Children About the LGBTQ Community
As a parent, you are always concerned about our children and we tend to ask ourselves an abundance of questions. For instance: "Is my child doing well in school?" "Why is my child so picky?" "How can I tell if my child's speech is normal?" These are questions parents can usually answer or seek out resources to obtain answers for. But what answers do parents have when the question is "how do I explain the LGBTQ community to my child?" It can be a ...
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Imaginary Play

Imaginary Play
We all remember the fun days playing with our friends when we were younger. Whether it was playing "House" or "School" or even being a Chef in a fancy restaurant. What we didn't realize at this young age while having fun, is that pretend play boasts important benefits for a child's development! The beloved Mr. Rogers said, "Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children, play IS serious learning." Someti...
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Mother's Day Guilt

Mother's Day Guilt
Mother's day- What a great day to celebrate our mothers and all they have done for us! However, I never considered that a mother might feel what I call "Mother's Day guilt." I first heard of this while my husband and I were having dinner with my aunt and uncle, who frequently invite us over for dinner. Somehow, Mother's Day was brought up, and my aunt said, "I hate Mother's Day." I was surprised to hear this, who would not love a day dedicated to...
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Guest Post: Alexa, Cortana, Siri and Google Assistant: AI in your home

Guest Post: Alexa, Cortana, Siri and Google Assistant: AI in your home
  We are excited to have Carrie Rogers-Whitehead from Digital Respons-Ability back for today's guest blog post. Have you recently bought a virtual assistant for your home? Another word for a virtual assistant is an artificial intelligence, or AI. These tools are convenient for remembering numbers, sending reminders, purchasing items and more. More and more of these devices are coming into homes. Consumer Intelligence Research Partners report...
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Guest Post: Preparing Your Home for Parenthood When You Live with a Disability

Guest Post: Preparing Your Home for Parenthood When You Live with a Disability
  Nesting is the act of preparing one's home for the arrival of a new baby or child. Typically, nesting involves things such as painting a nursery, buying a crib, baby-proofing the house, and making sure everything is as clean as possible as the due date approaches. However, when you are a parent living with a disability, your nesting process is generally more intense. Beyond the normal nesting practices, parents with disabilities need to ma...
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How to Teach Children Honesty

How to Teach Children Honesty
It can be surprising, frustrating, and worrisome when your child first lies to you. It can also be really hard to know how to respond! Lying is actually a normal and necessary part of a child's development. Though parents should teach their children to be honest from a young age, they shouldn't be too concerned when their child begins to tell lies, because it's a normal part of childhood that every child goes through. Only one-third of three-year...
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Age Appropriate Chores for Children

Age Appropriate Chores for Children
Do you ever find yourself wondering what types of chores your child is capable of performing or how to help motivate them to do chores in the first place? Here are five helpful tips to consider. 1. Make the chore seem manageable to the child. Sometimes a task like "clean your room" can seem enormous and possibly even overwhelming in a child's eyes. Parents can help by breaking the chore into little pieces so the child knows exactly what is expect...
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Guest Blogger: Potty Training for Children Who "Take Their Sweet Time"

Guest Blogger: Potty Training for Children Who "Take Their Sweet Time"
  We're so excited to welcome Laurie Bowen from Kids on the Move as our guest blogger today!  Kids on the Move offers all kinds of programs for parents and children, from preschool to parenting classes; and today Laurie is sharing some secrets that their Bridges program uses to assist parents in potty training their children. Most kids are ready to start potty training somewhere between the ages of two to shortly after their third birth...
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How do I know if my child has a food allergy?

How do I know if my child has a food allergy?
Allergies are among the most common chronic childhood diseases. Allergies affect about 50 million children! Oh my! Unfortunately, many symptoms and illnesses are often confused with food allergies. So don't you as a caregiver want to know the symptoms of food allergies and how to recognize and treat the symptoms? Well that's what we're here for. The following is information from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) about food allergies. A foo...
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