Easy Activities to Give Your Child’s Problem-Solving Skills a Boost!

Developing problem solving skills is important for children as these skills help them to view challenges from a different perspective. They also learn to take more calculated risks. For children even as young as infants, learning and putting problem solving skills to use helps them to develop greater situational and social awareness. Teach your child 4 steps when they’re trying to problem solve: Identify the problem 2. Brainstorm solutions to the problem 3. Choose and … Read more

Easy Activities to Help Your Child Develop Their Fine Motor Skills

Fine motor skills involve the use of the small muscles in our hands and fingers as well as hand-eye coordination. Fine motor skills help children perform important tasks such as feeding themselves, picking up objects, and pointing. Fine motor skills help young children accomplish self-care and everyday tasks as well as build their self-esteem and confidence. Here are some fine motor activities you can try with your child: Infants Blow bubbles for them to pop … Read more

Here’s Why You Should Put a Doctor’s Kit on Your Child’s Gift List

Posted on December 20, 2017 by Julie Ruffo Gift lists are endless, filled with this gadget and that “must-have” toy. If you’re looking for something to fill out your gift list, here is an unlikely solution I swear by: A doctor’s kit. 1. BRAIN-BUILDING IMAGINATIVE PLAY. Imaginative play like the kind they’ll do with a doctor’s kit is where it’s at if you want a child who can get along with others, self-regulate, think creatively and … Read more

CD for Parents: How Do I Respond When Other Children Are Being Mean to Mine?

Posted on July 28, 2017 by Conscious Discipline “Sometimes when we are around family members or friends who do not have consistent behavior expectations for their children, their child has a tendency to be mean to my child. My first reaction is for “Mama Bear” to come out and jump all over that child. Usually though, I do nothing. What would be an appropriate and helpful way to respond to this type of behavior with … Read more

Activities to Support Your Child’s Developing Sense of Self

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Children between the ages of infant – school-age are discovering so much about the world around them. Another discovery they’re making is their sense of self. A person’s sense of self is what they believe or understand about who they are, their social connections, and their individual abilities. Sense of self helps children to build self-esteem, confidence, and positive relationships with others.   Here are activities to help support your young child’s sense of self. Infants … Read more