The Power of Pretend Play

Every day when my two little girls get home from preschool they ask if they can watch their Kindles. Since we recently banned YouTube in our house (thanks Momo), if allowed, they’ll be binge on Netflix kids for an hour or so until it’s time for dinner. It’s one of their favorite pastimes, as well as mine, so I tend to have a harder time saying no than their mother. But I do say no. As often as I’m able. Why? Because I want them to do something else instead. Something I loved doing as a child. I want them to pretend.

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Tricking kids into eating their veggies!

“I don’t like that” screams your child when you put the tiny tree shaped vegetable in front of her on the plate. Sometimes trying to get my children to eat a well-balanced diet to include veggies is a chore in itself. My children range from teenager to toddler and I feel like I have learned a lot about getting my children to eat vegetables between my first and youngest child. I want to share the knowledge I have gained to other parents who may be struggling as well. So here are some tips to help out my fellow parents.

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I can do it all by myself -Top tips to Help Your Kid Become More Independent

So there are many moments in my life that I wish I could cherish forever. Some of those memories include holding my children for the first time, rocking them to sleep, or even helping them put their snow pants, jacket on to go outside. As much as I would like to stop time and keep them young, it just doesn’t work that way. Some children have a difficult time with transitioning to becoming more independent as they get bigger.

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How to Raise Kids Who Love to Learn

One of the best gifts you can give your children is helping them love to learn. Constant exploring and learning is a tool that will benefit them throughout life, and help them develop their own opinions, thoughts, and sense of self. With a few simple practices and routines, you can instil a love for learning in your child from an early age. Once the spark of curiosity is ignited, it can never be dulled.

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Screentime for Babies and Toddlers – What You Need To Know

This might seem like a question of our modern times, but people began asking it in the 1950s when TV became a household item in the US. Of course in those days children’s programming was practically non-existent, so the question garnered little traction. Nowadays things have significantly changed with dedicated kiddo channels on TV and on-demand services such as YouTube, Netflix, and Amazon which stream children’s content 24 hours day.

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Toys for autistic children

Autism can be defined as a developmental disability that usually interferes on how a person communicates with others, how they feel, how they express themselves and how they behave socially, among others. Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is sometimes associated with a need to have a constant routine in life, where rigidity is the norm and there is a longing for performing repetitive actions.

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The I want Daddy syndrome

So I just want to start off by saying I am no expert, but I have been a parent for approximately 165 months now. So I do have some wisdom in this department. Some days I have this parenting thing down pat while other days I like to hide in the bathroom with my coffee while I regroup.

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Sensory toys for toddlers

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), commonly referred to as Autism, is a range of conditions that are often influenced by a combination of genetic and environmental factors. Autism can be seen from an early age in toddlers, in fact, from 12 months onwards a child could start developing early signs of Autism.

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How To Make A Rainbow Fruit Pizza

Oh man, if you haven’t had fruit pizza before, you are in for a treat! It’s actually a sugar cookie for the base of the “pizza” and strawberry cream cheese for the “sauce,” so it’s in the dessert category for sure. Since I usually use a wide array of colored fruits on...

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