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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 ...

Giving Kids Outside Time – Why is it Important?

By Lisa Philips MSW, LMSW, November 2018 It’s November in New Orleans…finally fall, when temperatures (usually) drop into more comfortable temperatures and the worries of hurricanes begin to recede. While we m...

Skills for learning: Part two, Curiosity

By Jenni Watts Evans, October 2018     Encouraging early learning is not just making sure your toddler can name her colors or your kindergartener can count to 100. Children of all ages learn best when they a...

Fostering Your Child’s Independence

By Jenni Watts Evans, September 13, 2018 Learning Skills: Part 1 of a 2 part series. When you think of homework and helping your child do better in school, you probably picture paper and pencil, drills ...
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Helping Your Toddler Through the Transition Struggle

by Jenni Watts Evans, 7/16/18 How’s your day going? Ever heard someone say, “The devil is in the details”? For parents – and teachers – the day can be made or broken when we are paying the least attention: dur...

Summer in the City

It’s summer – make the most of your time with your kids   Summer. A time to loosen up, relax and play. For most people, the pace slows a bit and schedules open up. Without homework and after-school commitment...
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The Importance of a Language-Rich Home

How verbal interaction with babies and toddlers leads to a lifetime of benefits. 10-month-old Sasha sits on the living room floor, playing with her toys.  Dad looks at her from the couch where he is folding la...

‘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...

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