Goal Setting and Encouraging Positive Behavior

These tips for encouraging positive behavior were contributed to the Melissa & Doug blog by guest writer and special needs consultant Dr. Melissa Liguori, Ed. D. Every parent struggles with disciplining his or her children. Very often there is a difficult balance between establishing and enforcing rules. Consistency is one of the most important concepts […]

Helping Kids Decompress after School

This post for the Melissa & Doug blog comes from Cindy Utzinger, pediatric Occupational Therapist. Kids yelling on the playground,  their constant chatter in the cafeteria, papers being shuffled, teachers talking over kids’ chatter, the touch of the kid behind you in line bumping up against you, the leg of the kid next to you during […]

Babies: Crawling and Learning to Walk

This baby play post was provided for the Melissa & Doug blog by guest blogger Cindy Utzinger, pediatric Occupational Therapist. “You have to crawl before you walk”…. I feel like I use that phrase a lot in my life and find it often holds true…. you can’t master step 2 until you have mastered step 1. For […]

Babies: Time on the Floor Playing

This baby play post was provided for the Melissa & Doug blog by guest blogger Cindy Utzinger, pediatric Occupational Therapist. Want to help make your baby smarter and stronger? I’ve got the answer… Let them spend time on the floor PLAYING!!!! The time babies spend playing is critical to their development as it plays a crucial role […]

Tummy Time Play!

This tummy time post was provided for the Melissa & Doug blog by guest blogger Cindy Utzinger, pediatric Occupational Therapist. Tummy time…it’s something we know we should do with our infants but why?  Some babies like it, some babies tolerate it, and some babies want nothing to do with it! So, should we really help our […]

Sibling Activities with Dolls

This sibling activities post is brought to us by guest blogger Kim Vij at The Educators’ Spin On It Happy National Siblings Day! Do you have a special sibling to honor today? Encourage your child to do something special for their sibling day to celebrate. One super fun thing to do is to create a […]

Daylight Saving Time – Changing the Clock!

This Sunday marks the beginning of what’s known as “Daylight Saving” time, when most people in the United States will move the time on their clocks ahead by one hour (the time officially changes at 2:00 am on Sunday). In recent years it may have become simpler to make the change to Daylight Saving because so many clocks are automatically updated, like on cell phones, tablets, etc. […]

Encouraging Early Reading Skills with Toddlers

This early reading skills post is brought to us by our guest blogger Dayna at Lemon Lime Adventures. Many people know how important reading skills are for preschoolers and school age children. There have been many studies that point to the fact that children who are read to more frequently at home are more likely […]

4 Important Things to Learn from Playtime!

Play, play, play . . . every day! Running, jumping and playing games are some of the best parts of growing up! Playtime is also a terrific opportunity to introduce children to concepts that they will need to know, like how to get along with siblings, utilizing important safety skills, and even understanding how clocks and the calendar work. Some of your favorite bloggers […]