Parenting Corner: Bonding Through Play

July 3, 2019 Playtime with your kids won’t only make your connection stronger, it can also relieve that summertime cabin fever.  It’s summertime, which means sunshine, snoballs, and stress! With children bein...

Parenting Corner: Raising Resilient Children

By Lisa Phillips May 16, 2019 "Love the child you have, not the one you thought you’d have." A child’s resilience to disappointments isn’t always a personality trait. Sometimes, it needs to be nurtured a...

Best Friends

By Pamela Marquis May 9, 2019 "The more variety children have in their friends, the more they can see the world in different and positive ways." Girl-boy friendships can be an important part of learning...

Structure makes playtime more fun for all.

When you reflect on some of your most enjoyable memories of playing as a child, what kinds of experiences come to mind? For me, these are memories of playing at my grandparents’ homes. One grandmother set asid...

Change Happens

By Jenni Watts Evans, 1.10.19 This month brings a new year – and a transition out of the holiday season and back to the usual routine. That’s a comfort for most parents, but for kids, it can be stressful. Next...

Creating Holiday traditions to remember!

by Jenni Watts Evans As the winter holidays approach, parents and families may feel awash in a sea of seasonal decorations, music, and events that demand a tremendous amount of time and energy – for better or ...
Happy little girl finishing her homework and get applause from her parents at home

The Problem with Praise

Rather than cheering an action, motivate your child to do more   “Good job!”   “That’s beautiful”   “You’re the best!”   Parents and teachers use these words to encourage positive behavior, reward and b...
nature vs. nurture

Nature vs. Nurture, and Your Role as a Parent

The age-old debate... For centuries, experts have debated the relative weight of nature versus nurture (or environment versus genetics) on the development of children, and to this day, no one knows the exact r...

‘Festing’ in New Orleans with Kids

Fest with the Best! So many choices means lots of reasons to get into the festival spirit and no excuses to miss out. You can go big or small – pack up for a day at French Quarter Fest or just grab the bare ne...