Tips on Teaching Children Good Sportsmanship

[fa icon="calendar'] 2/27/18 9:00 AM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Outdoor Activities, Development, Family

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Parents and children alike love sports and it’s easy to get caught up in a game and become focused on winning. There is so much more to be gained from the sports experience than just winning. When children are involved in sports, they are able to learn and put into practice values that will stay with them for the rest of their lives.

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Tips on Spending Quality Time With Your Child

[fa icon="calendar'] 1/29/18 9:00 AM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Learning, Development, Family

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Let’s face it – life is busy! Between work and life responsibilities, the days pass us by in the blink of an eye. Many parents worry that they don’t spend enough time with their children. Some parents even feel guilty about working full time, or choosing to work out at the gym or go to dinner with friends.
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Tips on Teaching your Child to Share

[fa icon="calendar'] 1/5/18 9:00 AM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Behavior, Development, Family

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Learning to share can be a challenge for younger children especially with their exciting new toys after the holidays! Not only is sharing a skill they need for play and educational purposes throughout their childhood but it plays an important part in bonding with other children around them.

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Tips on Keeping your Child Safe During the Holidays

[fa icon="calendar'] 12/4/17 9:00 AM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Safety, Family, Holidays & Celebrations

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The holiday season is a joyful and exciting time of year but it is also a time to be extra-cautious when out and about with your child. Between holiday shopping at the mall, crowded stores, airports and holiday parties, sometimes little ones can slip away. Not to worry, these preventative tips will help ensure your child’s health and safety this holiday season:

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Fun, Family Activities For Fall

[fa icon="calendar'] 11/1/17 9:00 AM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Outdoor Activities, Play, Family, Seasons

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If your anything like me, you have been patiently waiting for the changing of the seasons. Well it seems as if it is finally beginning to feel like fall here in Southwest Florida. The snowbirds are arriving and the temperature is beginning to drop. As the summer heat begins to fade, it becomes time to take advantage of this fall weather with some exciting activities that the whole family can enjoy.

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Top 5 Tips on Bonding With Your Child

[fa icon="calendar'] 5/19/17 12:00 AM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Family

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A strong parent-child relationship is based on trust. Parents should make an effort to get to know their child and form a connection with them. Unfortunately, work, school and countless other commitments make it difficult for moms and dads to set aside quality bonding time.

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The Hazards of Distracted Parenting

[fa icon="calendar'] 5/18/17 5:06 PM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Safety, Children, Development, Family

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Being the parent of a young child is a huge responsibility. Not only are you in charge of your little one’s everyday care, but you’re also given the monumental task of raising your child to become a decent, happy, healthy human being. Knowing that you are accountable for the happiness and well being of this little person can feel a little overwhelming at times.

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5 Ways to Keep Early Learners Busy While YOU’RE Studying

[fa icon="calendar'] 8/11/16 12:00 AM / by Claudia Auger posted in Learning, Activities, Family

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I’m fortunate enough to have a career where I work with non-traditional college students. These driven individuals often return to school after working for a number of years, and come back with a variety of experiences and perspectives, and also full families in tow!

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4 Ways Early Learning Center Workers Connect with and Support Parents

[fa icon="calendar'] 2/17/16 10:20 AM / by Claudia Auger posted in Child Care, Teachers, Family, Education

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(Adapted from Karen Miller's "The Dual Challenge: Meeting the Needs of Parents and Babies" http://www.communityplaythings.com/resources/articles/2009/the-dual-challenge-meeting-the-needs-of-parents-and-babies).

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4 Activity Stations to Keep Early Learners (and Older!) Occupied During a Holiday Party

[fa icon="calendar'] 12/8/15 12:00 AM / by Claudia Auger posted in Child Care, Activities, Family, Holidays & Celebrations

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Are you one of the thousands of households hosting a holiday party in December or January? If you are, chances are that some early learners (and older!) might be in attendance. See below for some play area ideas to keep busy hands occupied so that you can be the host or hostess with the mostest.

 

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Tips for Traveling with Early Learners

[fa icon="calendar'] 11/23/15 12:00 AM / by Claudia Auger posted in Development, Activities, Family

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The holidays are rapidly approaching! For most of us, this means lots of family—either traveling or hosting. If it's the former, travel time can be incredibly stressful, especially for those with early learners. I polled a number of veteran traveler co-workers, friends, and family to find their best secrets and tips for traveling with (and entertaining!) early learners.

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4 Tips for Introducing Chores to Early Learners

[fa icon="calendar'] 11/16/15 12:00 AM / by Claudia Auger posted in Behavior, Development, Activities, Family

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I've often had conversations with parents about when to start introducing chores to their children, and what chores to introduce. I've watched parents scour the internet to find colorful charts, wheels, and diagrams with age-appropriate chores. These include having a three-year-old dust low surfaces, stack magazines, load spoons into the dishwasher, empty small wastebaskets, and sort laundry.

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