How To Raise Emotionally Healthy Children

How To Raise Emotionally Healthy Children

Feeling Respected, Important, Accepted, Included and Secure The holidays your family chooses to celebrate offer great ways to help your children feel included which is the fourth critical emotional need of children. They need to feel they belong, to feel ...

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I Know How You Feel: Lessons in Empathy

I Know How You Feel: Lessons in Empathy

How many times have you wished someone would understand how you are feeling? No matter our age, we all need to know we aren’t alone in experiencing the emotions we do. The need begins in childhood, and it can only be met if we receive and give empathy. ...

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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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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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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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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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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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Fun Fall Activities and DIY Crafts for Kids

Fun Fall Activities and DIY Crafts for Kids

Fresh air, colorful leaves, holidays. What’s not to like about fall? Enjoy the season and some special time with your child — these fun, educational activities are easy and require few materials. Real Leaf Tree Drawings Collect leaves. Draw a tree and...

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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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Tips for Balancing Work and Family Life

Tips for Balancing Work and Family Life

Nobody said it would be easy. How many times have we heard that before? And how many times, as working parents, have we thought it? Well the good news is, you don’t have to be a professional juggler to achieve work life balance. There are ways to make t...

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