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A Healthy Way To Affirm
Today’s post is a follow-up to last week's article on If you want your children to grow as they should, give less attention for bad, point out the good. As Kirby was reading George MacDonald’s book The Lost Princess this week, a few things came to mi...
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Cognitive Development

Tweezer Game
Tweezer Game

Ages: 3 year olds and older.
Materials:

  • Tweezers
  • 2 Unbreakable Jars (one wide mouth and one smaller mouth) or two flat-bottomed cups or bowls.
  • Unpopped popcorn in a dish...

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Physical Development

Tunnels
Fine Motor Skills: Tunnels

Physical therapists recommend helping toddlers and preschoolers crawl as much as possible in order to have the strength needed to write correctly, dress themselves, feed themselves, and do other fine motor activities. Here are some ideas for toddlers through early...

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Welcome

Parents of young children are under a huge amount of stress. We love and care for our kids, but we are bombarded with often conflicting messages about how to be good parents. It can be confusing and overwhelming.

We parent, we work, we volunteer; we try to keep up with homework, keep our toddlers out of the toilet, keep our sanity…and forget about sleep! We feel guilty because we can barely keep our heads above water, let alone try to enhance our kids’ development.

As a mothers ourselves (Kirby has four grown children, and Christen has two kids at home), we know about the guilt and the exhaustion. As a child-development specialist and consultant with over 40 years of experience, I (Kirby) also know how to work fun and high-quality learning games into your busy days in a manageable way.

You know your child needs “quality time” with you. Yet, the term is vague and unmeasurable, and a mother may never feel like she has met this goal. This site gives you clear and measurable activities, so that you can know that you have spent focused, enjoyable, and beneficial time with your child.

Your minutes are precious. Here you will find ways to get a lot of mileage out of your minutes. All our activities are designed to provide targeted skill development in just 10-15 minutes. You can fit these meaningful activities into the chinks in your schedule, or take a quick but powerful play break any time the kids ask for a game.

When you’re exhausted and the kids are climbing the walls, a short, fun, structured activity can be the magic medicine to tame a chaotic household. Here, we’ve done the thinking for you so that you can just grab one of our activities, set the timer, and give your kids a constructive way to get all that excess energy out.

Our games and ideas will be fun for you as well as for your kids, and you’ll know you are helping your preschooler grow into a healthy, smart, and confident person.

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Wishing you the best,

Kirby and Christen

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