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So, You are Becoming an Older Sibling… What to Expect from Kids When a New Baby Enters Their Life

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Friday, 26 March 2021

 

Getting a new sibling is a significant change in your child’s life. No matter how excited (or unexcited) they seem right now, they will have some adjusting to do once their little sibling arrives. They will likely experience some negative emotions as their routine and family dynamic shift, but it will all be for the better with time as they grow closer and close to their new best friend.

Below, we will investigate what you can expect from your older child when your new baby comes home, as well as a few tips to support them through this life-changing event:

 

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Teaching Socialization to Kids During COVID-19

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Thursday, 11 March 2021

For many years, socialization has been a priority in American parenting. We were taking our months-old infants to music class and story time and loving every minute of it. We were sending our toddlers to early preschool and our older kids were playing with friends or joining teams and clubs to take up their time.

 

The socialization skills we were building were healthy, but now most of these opportunities are gone due to COVID-19 and social-distancing protocols.

 

How can we teach socialization to kids during a pandemic, and what is necessary for our little ones to learn? We will answer these concerns by looking into each individual age group below:

 

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Reading to Your Kids: The Positive Effects Start Earlier Than You would Think

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Monday, 01 March 2021

We have all heard that reading out loud to our kids is important, but why is it so essential and what age do the benefits begin? Below, we will dive into family story time, its incredible benefits from the baby days through adulthood, and how you can set up the perfect reading session for everyone in your home:

 

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Teaching Diversity to Our Children At Home

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Thursday, 18 February 2021

Diversity is a huge topic, and it can feel overwhelming when you first start thinking about how to share all its pieces with your kids. Luckily, it does not have to be as difficult as it may seem. Try out a tip or two from the list below to start teaching diversity to kids at home:

 

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4 Fun Valentine's Day Activities For Kids

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Tuesday, 09 February 2021

At this point in the pandemic, we have all become home-holiday experts, and with a few out-of-the-box solutions, Valentine’s Day could be the best celebration yet. Consider trying an activity or two from the list below to make this Heart Day extra special for the little ones in your home:

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The Importance of Social-Emotional Learning During a Pandemic

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Friday, 29 January 2021

COVID-19 has changed the lives of people across the planet, and unfortunately, our kids have been affected just as much as we have. The CDC notes that one area where children have really been challenged is social-emotional learning. They share that kids today may be experiencing negative impacts to their social and emotional skills and growth due to less time spent in schools and daycares with their classmates and teachers, next to no birthday parties and family gatherings, and even fewer trips to public places like the grocery store.

Our kids are seeing fewer and fewer people, and because of this, they are missing out on the opportunity to learn how to interact in each of these scenarios. Luckily, there are plenty of ways we can help kids grow their social-emotional skills from home — even during a pandemic.

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The Five Best Winter Toys for Kids

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Wednesday, 11 November 2020

With winter weather quickly approaching, we will soon find ourselves spending much more time indoors. We will have to say “see you later” to family bike rides and running around the park and find new ways to stay busy inside. Luckily, there are some incredible toy and activity options to keep your little ones engaged and happy through the cold days to come.

 

Below, we will talk through the five best types of winter toys for kids, as well as the benefits that come along with each:

 

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The Benefits of Learning Languages Early

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Wednesday, 04 November 2020

Raising a bilingual child can sound daunting at first, but when you start from the very beginning, it’s actually a quite simple process that’s filled with a multitude of lifelong benefits. Below, we’ll look into how kids learn language, why it’s best to start as early as possible, and why learning more than one language is so beneficial for kids.

 

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STEM and STEAM Learning: What Do They Mean and Why Are They Important?

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Friday, 16 October 2020

You’ve probably heard of STEM or STEAM learning at least a time or two, but why are these subjects important enough to be considered essential to our society’s future by the United States Department of Education? And what do these two terms mean, exactly? We will explain the two learning styles in detail below, as well as look into why they’re so important for our kids today.

 

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The Not-So-Terrible Twos: Supporting Toddlers’ Big Emotions

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Friday, 09 October 2020

For little people that play the day away and take nice long naps, toddlers do have it a little rough. They are not babies anymore, and their social-emotional skills are forming at an unbelievable rate. Each day, they understand a bit more of the world around them. At the same time, they are still little enough to not have control of what happens around them (and not know how to control the emotions happening within them just yet, either).

 

It is understandable that this age is commonly referred to as “the terrible twos” when you think of all the crying, yelling, and just the big emotions in general.

 

However, when you consider all the changes a toddler is experiencing, it may not be so terrible after all.

 

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