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Tips to Keep Kids Happy & Busy In the Car

Tips to Keep Kids Happy & Busy In the Car

It's the holiday season and for lots of families that means...road trip! Kids and car rides can lead to chaos or make wonderful family memories.  The challenge of spending time in an enclosed car space with little physical movement can be difficult for even short rides. Any parent can have a panic attack if facing hours in a car with kids.  Sure you could just pop in a DVD, but why not establish car time as a unique time to bond, learn to use car time creatively and quietly,… continue reading

Beating the Back to School Blues

Beating the Back to School Blues

Rough first couple weeks back at school? It’s just like “vacation hangover” for adults. I don’t know any adults that love being back at work after a nice, long and relaxing vacation. So, it’s not surprising that after three months of summer vacation, getting back into the school year routine can be difficult for both kids and adults! Two major challenges stand in the way of a smooth back-to-school transition. The first challenge is developing and getting… continue reading

Can Your Preschooler Be Overscheduled?

Can Your Preschooler Be Overscheduled?

Music or art? Ballet or gymnastics? One of the more discussed topics among parents is their preschooler’s schedule. Deciding which activities to choose for your child and how often they should participate can be tricky. With so many people and interests vying for a child’s time (parents, other family members, friends, sports, arts, etc.) over-scheduling children is becoming common in the United States. In return, unstructured playtime, or downtime, has decreased 12 hours a week in… continue reading