Materials: Glitter! (We used Martha Stewart’s heart glitter, pictured below, but it’s just gone out of stock on Amazon. Some possible alternative heart glitters are listed below. I’ve been told some Targets, Dollar Stores, and Dollar Trees also have small heart glitter). When purchasing the glitter, make sure it’s the […]

Glitter Jar Of Floating Hearts

“It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.” American abolitionist Frederick Douglass’s words of wisdom seem blatantly intuitive. Nevertheless, agreement on how best to build strong children is not easy to come by, despite the fact that nearly every month a new parenting book is published, […]

Self Esteem: Helping Children Develop A Positive Sense of Self

Reading is vital to a child’s ability to learn and be successful in school. And the skills needed to be a good reader – like language and vocabulary – start developing from birth. But it doesn’t happen automatically. A child’s brain is not pre-wired for reading. Read the full article […]

5 Ways To Talk With Your Baby

Watch this webinar from the National Center on Health to explore the six active supervision strategies. Find out how they can transform child supervision in your Head Start or Early Head Start program. This webinar will provide staff with tips that can be used in classrooms, on playgrounds, and in […]

Active Supervision Webinar

All Head Start educators are responsible for making sure that no child is left unsupervised. Active supervision is a strategy that works. It can be used in classrooms, family child care, playgrounds, and buses. It can also be shared with families as a tool to use at home. This fact […]

Active Supervision

Our children are born sentient — as present as you and I — and so our primary job is forging person-to-person relationships with them, relationships that are honest, caring, respectful and unconditionally loving. Read the full article here.

Stop Feeling Threatened By Your Child’s Behavior

Life, as we all know, is not perfect. Relationships can be messy, and distance can grow between us for many different reasons. Though the fault may not entirely lie with us, it is our responsibility as the parent to heal the relationship and reconnect with our children. Read the full […]

Healing The Parent-Child Relationship In 6 Steps

Parentspeak—it’s a language that no one sets out to learn but that most of us can’t help speaking. If you have children or work with them—or if you’ve ever talked to a child—you probably speak it too. There may be an infinite number of ways to say something, but the […]

The Wrong Way To Speak To Children

Babies NEED tummy time! At 11 months old, this little cutie should have a nicely rounded head, developed S curves in his neck and low back, and flexible legs that move in and out of various sitting positions. But, largely due to lack of time on his tummy and OVERUSE […]

Babies Need Tummy Time!

Step Up to Quality coaches help programs of all types, big or small, create individualized goals and action plans to improve quality. Your coach will help you identify and maximize your strengths and guide you along your path to quality improvement. Read the full article here.

You Don’t Have To Walk This Path Alone!

For most of us, our lives involve a series of patterns—routines we perform almost every day, like stopping at the same place each day for coffee on the way to work. This is also very true for babies and toddlers. While we play a part in creating routines in our […]

Creating Routines For Love And Learning

Dear kids, Sometimes I wake up in the morning and I see that you’ve grown over night. Your face is more defined, your eyes look older. A part of me is excited and in awe; I know you have so much ahead of you. Another part is scared because time is […]

Dear Kids, When I Fail….

One in 10 children in the U.S. will be sexually abused before the age of 18. As adults, we are responsible for the wellbeing and protection of the children in our care.   The 5 Steps to Protecting Our ChildrenTM is an introductory guide to help adults protect children from […]

The 5 Steps To Protecting Our Children

These are some awesome handprint toddler crafts that are perfect for the whole family and we’ve also thrown in some footprint craft ideas too. We hope you enjoy this collection  and find some inspiration. Here are 15 plus footprint and handprint toddler crafts! Check them out here.

15 + Handprint Toddler Crafts

With the kids back to school and some cooler weather the last few days, it’ s been getting me excited for Fall! I love watching the leaves change color and our family trips to the pumpkin patch. We started some fall crafts last week that we shared with you, but […]

18 Fall Leaf Crafts For Kids

Here are 15 of our favorite toddler activities that we’ve tried over the last little while! Check them out here.

15+ Simple Toddler Activities

There’s nothing like cozying up with gorgeous Fall themed books that kids love and we’ve found some outstanding reads! I love fall – love, love, love it!  The cooler temps, beautiful colors and the smell of the air.  And one of my favorite things to do in the fall is […]

14 Cozy Kids Books That Celebrate Fall

We brought some pipe cleaners into the woods with us, because today – I had a plan.  A long time ago I found this picture on Pinterest of threading leaves onto florist wire.  It was by Living in the Land of Chocolate.  My Sammy is such a collector I knew […]

Nature Walk Ideas For Kids: Leaf Sewing

What’s better than an easy toddler activity that takes little ones outside?! I can’t tell you how much I love being able to take activities into our backyard – like our pouring station or chalk paint. Outdoor activities are the best and this outside sticky wall was perfect for us. […]

Outside Sticky Wall

Fall is a gorgeous time of year and I love to get the kids outside interacting with Nature. If your kids are like mine, your house is probably bursting with piles of buck eyes, pine cones and other natural goodies that they’ve collected on their walks! See more here.

Painting With Nature – Process Art