Category: parenting + development

Time! The greatest gift you can give a new parent.

Time! The greatest gift you can give a new parent.

[ 1 ] January 17, 2014 |

What new parents really want is someone to do the laundry, clean the house, or cook their dinner not another onesie.

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Help twins / multiples develop their independence.

Help twins / multiples develop their independence.

[ 4 ] January 14, 2014 |

These days it’s more common to have twins because of increased use of IVF and women having children at a later age. Teachers, coaches, families, and friends spend more time around multiples now, but may be unsure of how to deal with the unique situations that may arise with siblings the same age. Although these tips are geared for families with multiples, they may also be useful in parenting siblings of different ages.

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Blended Families: Tips for a joyful holiday season

Blended Families: Tips for a joyful holiday season

[ 0 ] December 19, 2013 |

It’s hard enough negotiating the holidays when there are only two sides of the extended family involved. But blended families have the extra emotional and logistical challenges of sharing holiday time and making visitation arrangements. Here are some tips to help you plan for joyful holiday season. Focus on what’s important. Keeping the kids happy […]

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Starting a Family Tradition: 12 Days of Good Deeds

Starting a Family Tradition: 12 Days of Good Deeds

[ 1 ] December 9, 2013 |

As the holiday season begins, I hope to teach my kids how important giving is. But reality kicks in about one hour after the Thanksgiving pie is eaten.  Relatives start asking my kids, “What do you want for Christmas?”  Any hope I had about teaching giving, not getting, is gone. I finally decided to buckle […]

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Local Film Screening: “Room to Breathe”

Local Film Screening: “Room to Breathe”

[ 0 ] December 2, 2013 |

Bainbridge School invites the community to join a screening and discussion of the film “Room to Breathe”. A panel of experts on the integration of education and mindfulness will reflect on the film and take questions from the audience immediately following the screening. All ticket sales from the screening will go toward the expansion of […]

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Toys R Us should rethink priorities. Big companies can also care about the environment.

Toys R Us should rethink priorities. Big companies can also care about the environment.

[ 0 ] November 2, 2013 |

I’m not anti-toys or anti-shopping but I am against glorifying the need to buy stuff  from a big box store by squashing or diminishing the importance of something valuable–in this instance, environmental education or any educational school field trip of which there are so few these days.  A recent ad put out by Toys R […]

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When Work is Child’s Play

When Work is Child’s Play

[ 0 ] September 12, 2013 |

Playworkers understand that all children need to play, that play is an innate impulse and is critical for healthy development. They provide open-ended environments and loose parts – elements that encourage children to choose their own play activities and narratives – and see risk taking as a positive and necessary part of kids’ play.

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Ease Transitions to your New School or Daycare

Ease Transitions to your New School or Daycare

[ 1 ] August 26, 2013 |

As preschool or daycare enters the picture, losing control becomes our greatest hurdle. Once we get our emotions in check (and understand we are not alone) we can find ways to make it easier and healthier for our kids to transition into preschool.

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When Should You Get Your Kid a Cell Phone?

When Should You Get Your Kid a Cell Phone?

[ 0 ] August 23, 2013 |

Since phones today are often more than just a telephone, loaded with additional features such as video, texting, and social media apps, deciding when to let our kids have a phone is a bit more complicated these days.

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How to Choose a Day-Care Center for Your Child

How to Choose a Day-Care Center for Your Child

[ 0 ] August 16, 2013 |

Choosing the right child care for our kids can be daunting. We want the best for our child but how do we find that perfect place with quality care, compatible schedule, space availability and a price we can afford? Reader Cecilia Pirotto shares wisdom garnered from her personal search for the “best” daycare for her […]

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