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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

Does Your Child Prefer 1 Parent Over the Other?

Does Your Child Prefer 1 Parent Over the Other?

Is your child choosing one parent over the other? Does she only want Mom to put her to bed? Or, may only Dad pour their milk? Most children will go through a phase (probably more than once) of preferring one parent to the other, and possibly even excluding one parent or caregiver. While this can be quite hurtful for the parent who is being excluded, it is helpful to know this, too, is a phase and will pass. Preferring one parent or adult to another, is actually considered healthy development and… continue reading

Technology Hindering Children’s Fine Motor Development?

Technology Hindering Children’s Fine Motor Development?

Does technology consume your child’s play time? Unfortunately, many of us are guilty of using I-Pad and I-Phone Applications (apps), video, and computer games as well as hand held “learning” games to keep our children occupied at certain times, and simply quiet during other times!  Now, we are not saying children shouldn’t use technology. In fact, we know plenty of applications and computer games that are quite educational and definitely can have a place in your… continue reading