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    Transitional Objects and Your Young Child: Benefits and Misconceptions

    Many children between the ages of six months and five years use transitional objects such as blankets, loveys, or stuffed animals to soothe them, especially during times of change and challenge. These items become both beloved by children and useful when moving from one developmental stage to the next, or for overcoming common childhood challenges. Why do Children Choose Transitional Objects? Most…Read More

  2. Terrible Twos Versus Threenagers: How to Weather These Two Challenging Stages

    Parents of young children are often shocked when their child grows from smiling infant and wobbly toddler into a full-fledged kid with opinions, a mind of their own, and tactics for getting their own way! Below are a few tips for navigating the terrible twos and the threenager years. Two-year-old challenges: Before their second birthday, many two-year-olds were still gaining confidence with activi…Read More

  3. Early Speech Milestones: What to Look Out for As Your Child’s Communication Evolves

    Your infant, or young toddler, is gaining new skills every day, and many parents can become confused about what is typical in terms of communication and speech acquisition. Typically, children develop according to a general timeline, so if you notice your child is not meeting certain milestones, you may want to bring them up to your pediatrician. Not every concern is a sign of an impending speech …Read More

  4. Answering “Why” Questions: Tips for Understanding and Handling Your Child’s Curiosity

    Why can’t I eat ice cream for dinner? Why is the grass green? Why do you go to work everyday? If your days are peppered with “why” questions from your little one, you’re not alone. Toddlers and preschoolers begin to ask why frequently and fervently, and it’s a normal part of their development and the teachers at our Monroe day care center know just how to help you survive this stage. Chi…Read More

  5. Can Playing a Musical Instrument be Beneficial to Your Child’s Development?

    The short answer is “yes”. Numerous studies have focused on the brain development, vocabulary, reasoning, general intelligence, and social and emotional development of young children who have played a musical instrument and the findings support musical training as a means to further cognitive, fine motor, and emotional growth. Brain Development Because the human brain can respond to the way in…Read More

  6. Three Ways Your Child Can Begin to Learn Math Skills

    Basic math skills may seem too abstract for toddlers or preschoolers to grasp, but you can actually help your little one to learn quite a bit about numbers, counting, geometry, and basic measurement by bringing these concepts down to earth. Making math accessible can be easy, as we use the simple components of mathematics in our everyday lives. Young children often learn by touching what is near …Read More

  7. Five New School Year Resolutions for Your Young Child

    When you have a young child, a new year often means a new school year, and it doesn't ring in with champagne. It’s generally ushered in after saying goodbye to summer camp and thinking about settling into a new routine with an emphasis on learning and development. This school year, make a few resolutions with your child in order to get off to a great start. Find a new interest. Kids have ways of…Read More

  8. Teaching Resilience to Young Children

    Resilience is enormously useful, from young childhood throughout adulthood. Many of us know an adult or two who hasn’t learned the importance of resilience, and it shows in their mental and physical well being. The ability to be independent, problem solve, and handle difficult situations is invaluable, and young children must learn to develop some of these skills even in their toddler and presch…Read More

  9. Modeling Positive Behavior: How Your Childcare Provider Can Show You The Way

    You may have noticed that your child’s first few words contained some familiar terms that you frequently say. When you put your sunglasses on, does your child demand to wear a pair of his own? Developmental psychologists have long been aware of the fact that children model their behavior after adult behavior. That gives you an opportunity to model behavior you’d like to see from your child. T…Read More