Connecting With Your Kids

Connecting With Your Kids: Tips & Tricks For Everyday Moments

Did you know there are a mere 15 weekends from Memorial Day to Labor Day? Parents tend to put off family activities as we wait for the weather to improve, for the kids to be out of school, or for work to quiet down. How we spend our time with our children NOW sets the [...]

Daylight Saving Time – Changing the Clock!

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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. [...]

Helping Kids Learn to Wait!

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This post about helping kids learn to wait is provided for the Melissa & Doug blog by guest blogger Cindy Utzinger, pediatric Occupational Therapist. What did we ever do before smart phones and the Internet? Everything we need to know is now at our fingertips! Do you even remember the days before we had DVR and [...]

Loving Language! Exploring Language-Based Play

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This post about language-based play is brought to you by our guest writer and special needs consultant Dr. Melissa Liguori, Ed. D. Children of all ages could use extra support and practice in the area of language development. A great way to sneak in some practice is to play with your children! Believe it or [...]

A Beginner’s Guide to the Tactile Sensory System

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This post is brought to us by our guest blogger Dayna at Lemon Lime Adventures. Understanding sensory processing is extremely important for a parents, caregivers, and teachers alike, which is why I am truly excited to be back for the second edition in this six month series unraveling Sensory Processing and how it relates to [...]

DIY Meditation Chain

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This DIY post was created by guest editor Carrie Anne Badov from EverythingMom.com You’ve probably heard that meditation offers many health benefits from improved concentration and reduced stress. It’s one reason I made trying meditation my challenge for January. The practice has also shown benefits for children too. As I’ve discovered, focus can be the hardest part of meditation [...]

Simple Tip for Teaching Toddler Chores

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This post is brought to us by our guest blogger Dayna at Lemon Lime Adventures. Toddlers are amazing. They are growing and learning every day. They can light up the room with their smiles and laughter and they thrive on independence. That’s why this is the perfect time to encourage your toddler to help out [...]

3 Tips to Help Kids Sleep Better

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This sleeping tips post is provided for the Melissa & Doug blog by Cindy Utzinger, pediatric Occupational Therapist. Do you have a child who has trouble sleeping? Sleep is so important for our children to stay healthy, learn, and participate in their daily tasks (not to mention that we parents function better when our kids are sleeping well!!). I [...]

Sensory Processing: 7 Facts Everyone Should Know

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This sensory processing post is brought to us by our guest blogger Dayna at Lemon Lime Adventures. Have you heard the term “sensory processing” yet had no clue what it meant? Or maybe you have heard of it but aren’t quite clear what it means or how it relates to your child. In fact, that [...]