How to Answer the Question of Kindergarten Readiness

How to Answer the Question of Kindergarten Readiness

Your child is in preschool.  He shows an interest in reading, interacts with other children, pays attention to the teacher and works on assigned activities.  You are proud of him.  But is he ready for Kindergarten? The question is a common one, especia...

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Kids’ Funny Food Hangups (and Why They Might Have Them)

Kids’ Funny Food Hangups (and Why They Might Have Them)

Kids have funny hangups, starting from toddlerhood on up, particularly with food.  Whether it’s texture, color, taste or appearance, food has a way of taking shape in a child’s mind, and we don’t always understand it.  We have found some funny foo...

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Fifteen Potty-Training Incentives for Your Little One

Fifteen Potty-Training Incentives for Your Little One

One of the best ways to potty train your little one is to give positive associations with using the bathroom. To do that, sometimes it takes a little reinforcement. Every child is different, so every incentive may not work with every child, but trial and ...

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Big Kid Helpers: Age-Appropriate Chores for Your Child

Big Kid Helpers: Age-Appropriate Chores for Your Child

Before you were a parent, did you ever think you’d have to ask, “How did that stuffed octopus get stuck in the ceiling fan?” Or maybe you find your wallet in Davy Jones’ Locker at the bottom of your aquarium. When you have a preschooler, there are...

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11 Ways to Prep Your Preschooler for Kindergarten

11 Ways to Prep Your Preschooler for Kindergarten

Kindergarten is a whole new world for many children. Those who have attended daycare or preschool have had a taste of what school will be like, but with many districts requiring full-day kindergarten, it can be a big change for children. Sparkles! works t...

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New Study Links Daycare to Decreased Leukemia Risk

New Study Links Daycare to Decreased Leukemia Risk

Though it’s bound to happen in any environment where there are children who don’t always cover their mouths when they sneeze, no one likes it when colds and viruses spread. But what if your child’s sniffles today could help protect him or her from a...

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Beyond Googoo and Gaga: How Your Child Learns to Talk

Beyond Googoo and Gaga: How Your Child Learns to Talk

From the moment your child is born, you wonder what is going on inside his or her mind. The first few months you’re just guessing what this cry or that whimper means. Soon you hear “ba-ba-ba-ba-ba-ba” coming through the baby monitor in the morning. ...

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Get Your Little One Hooked on Books

Get Your Little One Hooked on Books

By now, most parents know that early exposure to reading, especially from birth until age 3, is key to helping children develop language skills and foster a love of reading and writing. According to zerotothree.org, “We now know that children gain signi...

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7 Ways to Cope With Tantrums

7 Ways to Cope With Tantrums

You’re at the grocery store checkout trying to wrangle several writhing children past stacks and stacks of delectable trans-fats and high fructose corn syrup when it hits — the candy-induced tantrum. Your sweet little baby that you so lovingly rocked ...

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Is There a Link Between the Use of Electronics and ADHD? 

Is There a Link Between the Use of Electronics and ADHD? 

Chickens or eggs — which came first? That seems to be the crux of the argument when it comes to ADHD. Well, not the chickens and eggs, but a similar query of whether overuse of electronic media causes ADHD or ADHD causes kids to over use electronic medi...

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