Ease your Child’s Separation Anxiety

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Back to school is in full swing! BLEH! How did the summer go by so fast!? With going back to school, or for some of our young ones who are just starting school, it can be an extremely scary time! Leaving Mom and/or Dad is rough! It can sometimes cause some pretty serious separation anxiety.

One of the hardest parts of my day, as an educator, is to see children upset when their parents have to leave. It breaks my heart each and every time! Everyday I would remind the parents to just “rip off the band-aid” and leave quickly.

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Helping Children with Autism Succeed in the Classroom

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Back in October, I had the opportunity to speak at the Utah Head Start Association Conference for the Second year in a row. I always have the BEST time speaking at these events and was so excited and honored to be asked back again this year. I PROMISED I would post my presentation and am just barely getting around to it!! This year I presented on the ever important topic of Helping Children with Autism Succeed in the Classroom. This can be useful for educators, parents, peers and really, anyone who will come in contact with any child with Autism. (Which is pretty much…anyone!)

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It’s OKAY to Not Always Be the Nice Guy

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Life gives us great opportunities to live, learn and grow. Sometimes, those lessons are taught by happy moments and sometimes, they are taught through moments we wish to never repeat. Today, I learned a powerful life lesson through a moment in time that I wish had never happened and I wish to never happen again. But, life can’t be that way and we can’t wish back the hard moments. So we live, learn and grow from them. (Or at least we hope we can do so.)

I sat with my best friend at the local McDonald’s catching up about the weeks that had passed since we had last seen each other. We sat smiling as we listened to our three boys playing happily in the McDonald’s play land. It was a quiet day with only two other families with a few young kids each. We had been to that play land plenty of times before without problems from any other families or children.

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35 Toddler Approved Christmas Crafts

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I LOVE toddler art!!! It is so fun, so cute and completely CRAZY!!!! My son is going crazy over our Christmas Tree and is beyond proud of all his creations he has made to stick on the tree and around the whole house! I cannot wait to try every single one of these crafts on this list! Their fun and easy, cost near to nothing and perfect for your toddler (and older kids of course!) Everything on this list is easy and simple enough that a very young child can participate and be independent! 

PAPER PLATE REINDEER

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How to Encourage Pretend Play

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pretend play coverIn the early Toddler months, your child should start to engage in “pretend play”. Pretend play is that awesome time when your child brings you imaginary cookies, plays with dolls (bathes, feeds, comforts) talks to toys, interacts and plays with toys approriatly etc…. Pretend play is a very important time in your child’s life and opens the door to many more imaginary opportunities later in life!

Pretend play should also be important to you!!! It helps with your child’s development, practices and teaches problem solving, teaches story telling, increases language (Especially adult world language- think, “Bye Daddy, I’m going to work”) and most of all….keeps them from getting bored!!!

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