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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

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

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