The Right (and the Wrong) Way to Praise Kids

Want to increase your child’s self-esteem? Make her more resilient and willing to face challenges? Stop praising her. That’s right, stop the atta-girl, you are so smart and strong. An intriguing longitudinal study on parent praise by Carol Dweck, a Harvard researcher, shows that too much positive feedback can backfire and hijack the very attributes […]

A Little Scientist’s Nature Walk

By Paula Solis Krock Oh to have the curiosity and excitement a child possesses! And this is what makes a simple leaf collecting nature walk a day of scientific discovery for us all! Walk with your child and collect several leaves of different types and place them in a bag. When you get home spread […]

Music Matters! And Singing and Dancing

By Paula Solis Krock So often when I heard the words as a young mom Sing to your children Dance with them! ! I rolled my eyes and thought, “I have a terrible voice! I can’t dance!” but here is the beautiful thing—your child DOES NOT KNOW THIS! In fact, until your child is about […]

Ask a Mama: Taming Toddler Aggression

I am having an issue with my 18 month old. A few weeks ago she started to do something that has me a bit concerned–when she is around other toddlers it seems she doesn’t know how to handle her emotions and tries to kiss, hug, or if they ignore her, she will pinch or hurt […]

On Raising Great Kids: An Ode to Strangers

By Nancy Blakey One day, when the kids were little and filled with a pre-school vision of the world, we picked up my mother at the airport.  I had a baby on my back, two toddlers by the hand and my five-year-old daughter steering the way through the crowds.  We turned a corner to a […]

Edible Peanut Butter Play Dough

What better project than one you can not only play with, but also eat? This is a multi-sensory project that kids of all ages enjoy. Bring out the cookie cutters, scissors, a garlic press, spoons and bread knives. Your child can make pretend pancakes or cookies laid on a cookie sheet. What you will need: […]

“I’m Hungry!” 10 Great After School Snacks

By Paula Solis Krock Back to school means kids coming home hungry! Here are some easy after school snack ideas, packed full of protein to keep your student fueled and read to conquer anything after school activities demand! Bean and cheese burrito Chopped carrots and hummus Celery stick, Peanut or Sunflower butter, raisins (AKA: Frogs […]

A Measure of Work

I’ve worked hard in my life. I’ve been what you could call poor. I never went hungry or without shoes, but I’ve been poor enough as a child to consider a Barbie doll an uncommonly generous gift, and new shoes a real splurge. I’m not poor anymore, but those lean years have added something to […]

How to Combat Bullying: It Begins at Home

   By Paula Solis Krock Earlier this week I shared with you about the great Emily Post and The Post’s legacy of the Golden Rule; Be the person you want your child to be. (The Emily Post Institute, 2017) I polled friends and colleagues and came up with the top three things we wanted our […]

Manners 101

By Paula Solis Krock If you have never heard of Emily Post, she was a strong voice of etiquette in the 1920’s, writing about things such as social graces and manners for children and adults in all walks of life. Her family still carries on her 100-year legacy via The Emily Post Institute, , where […]

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