This is so much fun! Making your own paint brushes gives a new excitement to painting! The possibilities are endless! Check them out here!

Create Your Own Paint Brushes


Making natural paintbrushes is a fun activity that produces great results! We really enjoyed this one – from making the brushes, to seeing the end product of the painting. It was all really neat! We have painted with spaghetti, pinecones, andcotton before, but this one definitely took the cake. These […]

Natural Paintbrushes




When I wrote this list of 100 Ways to be Kind to Your Child I was in one of those exhausting phases of parenting where days were going by in a blur and I often went to bed feeling defeated and guilty.  Thus, these ways to be kind are not complex […]

100 Ways To Be Kind To Your Child


One of the biggest pet peeves of parents is when they catch their children lying. It makes us feel betrayed and deceived by the ones we love most. It is a strong trigger for many parents that can cause us to react irrationally with harsh consequences. Children lie for all […]

When Young Children Tell Lies


Routine. Routine. Routine. We all hear about it from day one of being a parent. You need to get them on a routine! So what’s the big deal? Read the full article here.

Why Routines Are Important For Kids



We all know that early childhood is a crucial time in the lives of children, but many do not realize just how important brain development in early childhood is for all young learners. Within the first three years of life, research shows that children’s brains are already busy forming connections […]

Problem Solving Brain Games for Toddlers



I’m a firm believer in routine and structure for kids and my four year old J is a routine-based kid.  He thrives when he knows what to expect in his day.  To help make our days easier, I purchased a pocket chart and created some activity cards for it.  Since we […]

Free Printable Daily Visual Schedule








Here is a new post from pediatric occupational therapist Angela Hanscom, author of a number of popular posts on this blog, including “Why so many kids can’t sit still in school today,” as well as “The right — and surprisingly wrong — ways to get kids to sit still in […]

The Decline Of Play In Preschoolers – And The Rise In Sensory Issues





So, you’re tired of the disconnection and power struggles that traditional parenting techniques bring and you’re ready to give positive parenting an honest go, like this mother did. But you’re not sure where to start. If you’re a newbie to positive parenting, these tips should help ease the transition. Read […]

7 Tips for Transitioning to Positive Parenting





We’ve all been there. Suddenly your child throws themselves to the floor, lets out a blood curdling scream, and starts to yell and cry. Even worse… its happening in the middle isle of Target. What are you to do? How are you supposes to respond? If you are like me, […]

How to Handle a Tantrum or Meltdown Like a Rockstar


Pop back into your early childhood classrooms for a moment. Do you remember the child who was the activator? The one who used command? The one who was strategic? I do. Those were often the children who were viewed as “challenging” by their early childhood teachers. While their behavior may […]

Why the World Needs Resilient Kids and How to Build Their Bounce