Help twins / multiples develop their independence.

January 14, 2014 4

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. Read More

Ease Transitions to your New School or Daycare

August 26, 2013 1

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. Read More

Helping Kids Have a Healthy Body Image Starts at Home

February 5, 2013 0

To get off the weight loss cycle of one step forward, two steps back, we need to focus on truly important life goals – health, happiness and setting positive examples for our ourselves and our families.

Nutrition and exercise should not be an annual intervention, but a part of our everyday life. Maybe if we were focusing on goals that are truly meaningful to ourselves, we’d be more successful. What if we cared – really cared – more about being happy and healthy? It sounds like a dream! Read More

Upcoming Salon: How Do We Talk to Kids About Film?

January 11, 2013 0

I look forward to being part of this upcoming Salon at the Providence Athenaeum. Sponsored by the Providence Children’s Film Festival (PCFF).

How Do You Talk to Kids About Film?
Friday, January 25th from 6:00pm to 8:00pm

For the parents:

Join the Providence Children’s Film Festival (PCFF) for an informal panel discussion about watching films with your children. Leading the conversation will be special guests:

Dr. Renee Hobbs, Professor + Founding Director, Harrington School of Communication and Media, URI
Anisa Raoof, Founder + Editor, Kidoinfo
Eric Bilodeau, Director of Programming, PCFF Read More

Talk about Giving

December 19, 2012 0

I have not actually played the Talk About Giving game. I was immediately drawn in by its message and simplicity after seeing an image of the cards shared around the internet. Finding ways to give back (big or small with our time, talent, or cash) has always been essential to me and in part, the mission of Kidoinfo. Raising kids to be community minded starts early. We can make more meaningful lasting connections around giving back when we incorporate the philosophy into our family’s everyday conversations and actions. Read More

A National Tragedy: Helping Children Cope – Tips for Parents and Teachers

December 17, 2012 3

National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) provides useful tips for parents and teachers on helping children cope with a national tragedy. More in-depth information is available on the NASP website.

Tips for Parents and Teachers

Whenever a national tragedy occurs, such as terrorist attacks or natural disasters, children, like many people, may be confused or frightened. Most likely they will look to adults for information and guidance on how to react. Parents and school personnel can help children cope first and foremost by establishing a sense of safety and security. As more information becomes available, adults can continue to help children work through their emotions and perhaps even use the process as a learning experience. Read More

Parenting Simply: Starting the Conversation

October 18, 2012 0

I’ve been thinking a lot about new beginnings lately. Maybe it’s all of the change that Fall brings, or the way the cooler, darker weather invites introspection, but I’ve been thinking about what families need in order to have a fresh start.

Whenever I bring together a new Simplicity Parenting Group as I did recently at Meadowbrook Waldorf School, the first conversation we have is always about Values. I ask the group to fast forward ten or twenty years and picture their children grown. You can try this, too… Read More

Scheduling… Over!

September 17, 2012 0

By Mary Scott Hackman, Early Childhood Programs Coordinator

The summer crowd has a special feel here at Providence Children’s Museum. Visitors seem relaxed and joyful, peer excitedly around corners, anticipate what the next room or exhibit will hold, hold hands with their children, and run up the ramp, entirely open to the possibilities. The unplugged, gleeful way they experience the Museum shouts, “We’re on vacation!” Read More

Parenting Simply: School Days

September 12, 2012 0

I hear people asking all the time, “Where did summer go?!” Sometimes it feels like the season screeches to a halt and tosses us into a new routine. It can be challenging, at first, to find the right groove for your family. Transitions are hard for everyone. Be gentle with yourself and with your children, and work opportunities for family connection into the busyness of these school days. Read More

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