Whether you have kids or not, you know that they have big imaginations and love to play! Playing is one of the best things you can encourage in your child. Through play, kids learn to socialize with their peers, exercise their bodies and their brains and build confidence. In fact, the United Nations High Commissioner has recognized the “right to play” as a critical part of child development! 

The benefits of allowing children to play with their peers and spend time outdoors are recognized internationally, as time outside helps kids learn about their environment and use their critical thinking skills to help understand and solve problems in their environment. It also offers them plenty of exercise and movement to strengthen their bodies and keeps them physically healthy.

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! And while we know you’ve probably got some sweet ideas planned to show your child how much you love them on that day, it’s a good time to remember that there are things we can do to express our love for our kids every day of the year. Here are some great parenting tips that let your child know he or she is loved and cared for — all year long!

Do you have a child that is a picky eater?  Well, welcome to normal!  As a parent, it is natural for us to be concerned about what our children eat and as they grow, and that sometimes becomes a bit more of a struggle as they start to make their own choices.  This link to my latest video BLOG, click here, will give you some tips on working with those picky eaters.  Some of the advice includes:

Helping your child learn to set goals can improve self-esteem, teaches them the value of perseverance, and will help them develop habits they’ll be able to use for a lifetime. The start of a new year is the perfect time to sit down with your child and make a list of goals they’d like to accomplish. Setting goals as a family is also a fun way for everyone to work together and support each other!

If you’re tired of hearing the bleeps, clicks, and dings from the games your kids are playing on their devices and would like to see them use their imagination a bit more, we’ve got some great holiday gift ideas that don’t require electricity! Each section below will give you some ideas for non-tech gifts to give your children, as well as websites where you can buy them.