Tips To Help Your Child With Back To School Transitions

Back to school can be a challenging time for some children.  It can also be a challenging time for some parents too. Here are some tips that might help both you and your child return to the classroom stress free. Tips for the parent: Children pick up on your cues.  Be...

Ready, Set, Swim!

How can swimming help my child? Swimming is a great way to build confidence in your child.  This very social activity allows children to fit in with their peer group.  It also promotes lifelong safety when participating in water sports such as boating, water skiing,...

Raising a Confident Child

Raising a confident child is the goal of every parent.  Confidence often trumps intelligence as being sure of yourself can take your far in life and mask what is lacking in intellect. Instilling confidence starts at an early age. When your child is an infant, allow...

Developmental Tips For Parents – Helping You Help Your Child

Infant Developmental Tips: *Limit the use of positioning devices such as swings and bouncers.  Too much time in these devices can lead to a mishappen head and delays in development.  Place your infant on their tummy to play several times throughout the day.   Avoid...

8 Tips to Improve Handwriting for Children

Here are some great tips to help improve your child’s handwriting: 1. Use a finger to space out your words if you are having difficulty with word spacing. 2. Participate in hand strengthening activities to increase hand strength and endurance.  Some ideas of hand...

Importance of Handwriting

Why Can’t My Child Do It? It’s Just Handwriting!   Children become very good hand writers by developing muscle strength, problem solving skills and eye hand coordination.  A child who does not have the necessary skills that are developed...

How Do I Encourage Communication In My 12-18 Month Old?

The best way to encourage communication in your 12 – 18 month old is to talk to him/her all the time. Use your child’s name often so they learn to recognize who they are.     Ask yes / no questions so your child can begin to discriminate between yes and no...

Eating And Drinking Between The Ages Of 2 And 3

Eating and drinking between the ages of 2 and 3 can be tricky.  Your child is looking for ways to exert their independence and food can often be a way to do that.  Some ideas that might help minimize this power struggle might be helpful. Allow your child to help you...

Eating and Drinking Skills For Your 2 Year Old

What are the eating and drinking skills of your 2 year old? Review the list below and see if you need to provide more or different food opportunities to your child. By 24 months (2 years), your child will: ·       Swallow well from a cup with good lip closure around...

Eating and Drinking Skills Between 12 – 18 Months

Socially and nutritionally it is important that your child develop good eating and drinking skills.  Early on when your child is first trying foods you need to offer a variety.  Do not accept that they will only eat a few varieties.  You need to be sure to offer...