Is Your Child Ready for School?
As September looms upon us (sorry to bring that up), it is time to begin thinking about getting children ready to go to, or go back to, school. For some that means they will be falling back into fairly regular routines, while for others it means an entirely new and exciting experience! The best thing […]read more
Literacy Development in the Early Years: How Parents can Help at Home
Once children are off to preschool, or school, many parents tend to leave it to the teacher to work on pre-reading skills, and trust that their young child is learning what they need to in school. The truth is, that learning is a triad of student, family, and school. All three must be invested […]read more
Going Back to Work After Baby: Choosing the Right Child Care Provider for Your Family
Whether it’s only been a few months, or it has been a couple of years, going back to work after being at home with your little one is never easy. This is a reality that almost all families deal with at some point, unless one of the parents is able to be the daytime caregiver […]read more
Tips for Time Change – Fall Back 2014
Yes, it’s THAT time of year again. Oh joy! For children who are quite structured with going to bed at the same time every night and waking up at the same time every morning, the time change can cause a ‘sleep debt’ for a little while which is why it is most noticeable in babies […]read more
SLEEP: How Much is Just Right for My Child?
“How Much Sleep is Optimal?” For new (and repeat!) parents or clients, this is a very common question! There is no firm answer; the younger the child, the more likely the amount will vary a little. However, there are general guidelines that you can use to see if your little one falls near the mark […]read more
Dating for Parents: Part Two
As mentioned in last week’s blog – making time for yourself and partner is as important as anything you can do for yourself and your family! “Date night” doesn’t mean you need to leave the house or spend money on a sitter either. Sometimes, we feed the kids and put them to bed, […]read more
Is My Child Too Sick to Go to Daycare?
When to keep your sick baby/child at home I read an article recently which stated that “The common cold is not enough reason to keep a child at home.”. In which universe? I agree that the occasional runny nose or very mild cough is not enough reason to have to take a few days off […]read more
Snow Day Activities for Toddlers
While the rest of the country heads into Spring, us Albertans are familiar with that last big bunch of snow that hits in mid to late March, every year. And, today is the day apparently. Thank goodness it’s not accompanied by horribly cold temperatures, so it’s actually the perfect weather to enjoy some outdoor snowy […]read more
Parenthood: Where everyone is right. Except you.
I read this the other day: “Welcome to Parenthood, where everyone is always right. Except you.” I get a kick out of that statement, because it can often ring true! There is SO much information (and misinformation) floating around these days, that it can be hard to read between the lines, and weed through the […]read more
Play: Early Literacy in Young Children