Self-control means being able to express and cope with strong emotions in appropriate ways—for a toddler, this may mean saying “I’m mad at you” instead of biting. Self-control also involves thinking skills, as we decide which of our impulses to act on. Developing self-control begins at birth and continues across […]

Help Your Child Develop Self-Control

In the fall of 1979, Yalda Modabber had just moved from Iran back to her birthplace in Boston. Her timing was bad: Just weeks later later, a group of armed Iranians took more than 60 U.S. citizens hostage at the U.S. Embassy in Iran. As a result, her fellow students […]

Why We Should Teach Empathy to Preschoolers

What exactly is crossing the midline? I’ve learned a lot about this from my Occupational Therapy colleagues. Think of the midline as an imaginary line that runs down the middle part of the body that divides the body into the right and left sides.  Crossing the midline means that a […]

Crossing The Midline Activities – Summer Themed

Cling film art is not about the merits mess vs mess-free processes, it’s simply another fun art idea that creates awesome colour blends and abstract unique pieces. Check it out here!

Cling Film Art

HOW TO MAKE: Find various fabrics and materials and hot glue to a hula hoop. Our sensory hoop ☺ A post shared by @beckys_treasure_baskets on Apr 7, 2017 at 10:46am PDT  

DIY Baby Sensory Hoop

Scenario 1: I sit the children down promptly at 10:00 am at the art table. Billy was in the middle of building an amazing castle in the block area, including a moat and a drawbridge. But its ART time. The schedule printed on the wall says so. Read the full […]

Watch Them Bloom

When confronted with the fallout of childhood trauma, why do some children adapt and overcome, while others bear lifelong scars that flatten their potential? A growing body of evidence points to one common answer: Every child who winds up doing well has had at least one stable and committed rela­tionship […]

The Science of Resilience: Why Some Children Can Thrive Despite Adversity

On July 8, 2014, I published a post titled “Why so many kids can’t sit still in school today” by Angela Hanscom, a pediatric occupational therapist. Ever since then, the idea has struck a chord with readers around the world, still drawing a big audience along with some of the […]

The Consequences of Forcing Young Kids to Sit Too Long in Class

Books went flying down to the ground. Screams filled the dining room. My heart skipped a beat as I quickly assessed the situation for injuries and damages. You know that feelings when you aren’t so sure if all your kids are alright? Realizing that nobody was hurt I moved on to […]

One Important Step to Take After Correcting Misbehavior

The late Dr. Benjamin Spock, who wrote the perennial best seller, Dr. Spock’s Baby and Child Care, was severely criticized for his laissez-faire approach to child rearing. He was blamed for weakening parental authority and producing an entire generation of disrespectful and unruly children. To the man on the street, […]

How to Raise a Brat

As Donna Pattison-Reid sat in her GP’s surgery, she reeled off a list of the ways her three-year-old son Lewis’s behaviour had changed over recent weeks. There was the return of Lewis’s bedwetting, even though he’d previously been dry for six months. He’d also stopped sleeping through the night, waking […]

Too Much Too Young: Is Nursery Stressing My Child Out?

Rates of depression and anxiety among young people in America have been increasing steadily for the past 50 to 70 years. Today, by at least some estimates, five to eight times as many high school and college students meet the criteria for diagnosis of major depression and/or anxiety disorder as was […]

The Decline of Play and Rise in Children’s Mental Disorders

Creativity is on the decline, and the reduction of free play is at least partly to blame. According to American psychologist, Peter Gray, free play has declined sharply over the last century, and with it the mental health of children and adolescents has also declined. To add to this sobering […]

5 Ways to Encourage Creativity Through Play

Toddlers who spend time playing on smartphones and tablets seem to get slightly less sleep than those who do not, say researchers. The study in Scientific Reports suggests every hour spent using a touchscreen each day was linked to 15 minutes less sleep. However, those playing with touchscreens do develop […]

“Touchscreen-Toddlers” Sleep Less, Researchers Say

Whether it’s because a new baby is born, the family moves, a parent takes on a new job or enters an educational pro­gram—or simply because a family wants to make a change to current arrangements—finding quality child care can be an arduous process with a host of factors to contemplate, […]

Child Care Challenges