Welcome to the New Sparkles! Parenting Blog

Welcome to the New Sparkles! Parenting Blog

Sparkles! is very pleased to welcome you to our brand new blog! Since we started in child care services more than 23 years ago in 1991, we have prided ourselves on our expertise in education and early childhood development. Now we’re thrilled to have a ...

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6 Tips for Getting Ready for the First Day of Kindergarten

6 Tips for Getting Ready for the First Day of Kindergarten

August may be vacation time, but it’s also time to think about the new school year. By now, if you have a youngster entering Kindergarten, your new school may have sent you an intimidating envelope full of forms and information. Don’t panic! Here are ...

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How to Raise Emotionally Healthy Children

How to Raise Emotionally Healthy Children

As a parent, you have an incredible influence on the type of person your child will become. Early childhood is a critical time for development and it is incredibly important to make sure that your child’s needs are met not only at home, but also in thei...

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The Myth Of The Perfect Parent

The Myth Of The Perfect Parent

The perfect parent is something we all strive to be, but what is perfect parenting? When I found out I was pregnant, I immediately started thinking what kind of parent I would be and how I would raise my child. Everything from formula vs. breast feeding, ...

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Teaching Children Respect

Teaching Children Respect

Many parents are concerned with raising children and are often looking for parenting tips. Some of the best parenting advice focuses on the area of child psychology. We will be exploring the 5 critical emotional needs of children in our coming posts. Let...

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Nannies vs. Child Care Centers: which is right for you?

For working parents, the question inevitably comes up: how do we decide on childcare? With so many options out there – nannies, au pairs, private centers, commercial centers – how can parents make an educated choice? At Sparkles! we make that choice a...

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What makes a good daycare center?

In the end, it comes down to comfort level. But what creates that comfort when you are choosing a daycare center? There are many factors to consider, but the most popular have to do with reputation, facilities and curriculum. When we think of reputation, ...

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Tips for Dropping off Your Children at Sparkles!

It can be heartbreaking, having your children cry when you drop them off at daycare. You know they are in a great place where they are loved, but still, guilt can creep in, and you start questioning how you could better deal with transitioning from home t...

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Ten Tips to Winning Bedtime Battles

Ten Tips to Winning Bedtime Battles

Parents, you know what we’re talking about when we say “bedtime battle.” It’s that struggle that happens when children don’t want to miss a thing and insist on staying up, not because they are not tired, but because, by nature, they are curious,...

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Teaching Children How to Handle Failure

Teaching Children How to Handle Failure

When toddlers are learning to walk, they fall. What happens next? They naturally grab onto something close by and try again. However, as children grow older, fear and disappointment ensue and become problematic because we, as humans, often start to interp...

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