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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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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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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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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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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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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Seven Reasons Routines are Good for Kids

Seven Reasons Routines are Good for Kids

As adults, we might get a little bored with them, but then again, it’s not about us, right?  It’s about the kids, and kids need routine.  Studies show that children thrive when they have routines, and parents can attest that when their children are ...

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