Feeling stressed out or overworked lately? Is your child having trouble dealing with their emotions? Do you ever feel like having a full body tantrum on the floor like your toddler?
It's no doubt that our children are growing up in a fast-paced world. Technology is a great connector, but it can also demand that we be instantly available to each other, no matter what. And while it is wonderful to be able to turn on our smartphones and “see” each other all over the world in real time, this often means our children are bombarded with horrific images of war or natural disasters right in their own homes. Where is the "safe haven" for our children these days? This is the question authors Christine Kiewra, Tina Reeble, and Nancy Rosenow ask in their book, Growing with Nature: Supporting Whole-Child Learning in Outdoor Classrooms.
While it can be difficult to handle a child’s challenging behavior, communication is always key. Everyone in the home or family should be aware of the situation in order to best understand how to support and help the child, in addition to understanding how they can individually contribute. Some examples of challenging behaviors could be: a child hurting themselves or others, biting, repetitive destructive behavior, etc.
Transportation has been a natural interest of little minds for years. Children are enjoying learning about cars, trains, boats, planes, trucks, and other forms of transportation now more than ever. Here are a few transportation activities to captivate little minds:
When parents drop their children off at preschool or daycare, they should feel at ease knowing that they’re leaving their kids in a safe, supervised environment…but is it possible for schools to be too safe?
Many children--and their parents--worry about the transition from preschool to kindergarten, which is understandable. Kindergarten may be a very different experience, and this fear of the unknown is enough to cause anxiety about starting "big kid school."
This week's vlog post features Sabrina Nieves, Preschool Teacher at the Joseph H. Messina Children's Center, with some helpful tips on easing "kindergarten anxiety."
It’s the first day of spring, so what better time to introduce children to the concept of how things grow? Check out this engaging, hands-on activity from Community Playthings that teaches kids how to observe the process of germination by planting seeds and watching them grow.
Physical touch can be a powerful thing. In her article The Surprising, Undeniable Power of Touch, Lydia Denwoth explains how the sense of touch is a key part in nurturing relationships between babies and their caregivers. Those first moments with your child—hopefully followed by years of hugs and cuddling—can help you build a strong bond.
We're proud to introduce our new blog, Come Grow With Us: Your Parenting Partner. Check out our first "vlog" post, featuring Joseph H. Messina Children's Center Director Tammy Aronson.
5 Benefits and Rewards of Donating to Early Learning Centers
You work hard for your money and when you save up some extra, it can be exciting to look through your options. Should we go on a lavish vacation? How about some new designer clothes? Or, you could donate the money to a good cause and benefit yourself- as well as others in the community. There is nothing wrong with rewarding yourself for a job well done, but what would happen if you aided some local children instead? While the concept that giving to others can make you feel good about yourself is not exactly new, there are several more subtle ways that giving your money for a cause you care about can benefit your psychological, spiritual and emotional well-being.