Kinder Ready

By Amy Ball As a kindergarten teacher, I teach much more than just academics. I work to foster independence in children and help them become motivated students. Kindergarten is the year that will set the stage for their future as learners, and their social and...

Separation Anxiety

  By Denise Morrison Yearian Separation anxiety is a normal developmental stage for most children. It usually sets in between 6 and 12 months of age, and can last 2 to 4 months. For some toddlers, it reappears between 18 and 24 months and then gradually diminishes as...

Parents Ask – Bedtime Battles

Q: My son is 4 years old and we have continual battles about going to bed. We have tried everything! Do you have any tips for making this routine easier?  – Tiffany, Phoenix A: Bedtime battles are a continual struggle for many families. As children gain their...

Parents Ask – Foster Care

Q: Being a foster parent is so rewarding, but I’m not sure how to help my foster child deal with her anxiety and depression. Is this normal and how can I help her?– Roxanne – Queen Cre A: Excellent question. Before answering, I’m really glad to hear you...

The Perfect Note

By Michelle Talsma Everson Music lessons – whether they are instruments or voice – are nearly a childhood rite of passage. “Thousands of scientific and academic studies have shown that music education improves academic achievement, builds communication skills, fosters...

Animal Encounters

By Michelle Talsma Everson My 7-year-old son is absolutely in love with all things feline. He eats, breathes and sleeps all things cat related and dotes on our two 10-year-old rescue cats like they’re royalty. As a parent, it’s fascinating to observe the phases our...

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