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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Verdict?  Not Guilty! Going Back to Work Doesn’t Make You a Bad Parent

Verdict? Not Guilty! Going Back to Work Doesn’t Make You a Bad Parent

“Mommy, why do you have to go to work?” Ah, the dreaded question for working parents that leave every day. That question creates double the guilt for parents who have the option to stay at home but choose to go back to work. When my two girls were bab...

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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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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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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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