Posts by kmontoya:
Pretend Gun Play: Why Do Some Little Boys Love it? And What Should You Do About It?
There he is—your sweet little guy is suddenly leaping off the couch, holding a stick and shouting, “Bang, bang, bang-bang-BANG!” From playing cops and robbers to making Lego® guns and drawing pictures of battles, a fascination with weapon play is normal for many boys—and some girls, too. But it can also be really distressing forRead MoreMay 26, 2016 at 10:45am | Be the first to comment Posted under , Positive Parenting, Preschool (3-5 years)
- So Cool! Healthier Popsicles for Hot Days
We love the whole homemade popsicle craze. Thanks to a cornucopia of popsicle molds on the market, serving up some frozen treats on a hot day no longer means you have to grab a sugar-laden pint of ice cream or artificially colored popsicle from the freezer. Homemade popsicles can be made with natural ingredients—and theyRead MoreMay 25, 2016 at 10:22am | Be the first to comment Posted under , Cooking & Nutrition, Seasons & Holidays
- Let’s Talk! How to Have Positive Conversations With Teachers When Problems Pop Up
On most days, your child bounds into the classroom with nary a backward glance, but lately she’s been having a hard time at drop-off. There are more tears, it seems, and more fears. What’s changed? Is everything okay at school? If you have an inkling of worry, it’s time to talk to your child’s teacher,Read MoreMay 25, 2016 at 10:16am | Be the first to comment Posted under , Classroom Learning, Positive Parenting
- Capture the Beach in a Bottle, Even if You’re Miles from the Coast
No beach outside your door? No problem! Try your hand at the classic “ocean in a bottle” project. Oil and water combine—or rather, don’t combine—to create a colorful and mesmerizing wave effect. Older kids love creating an ocean that fits in a backpack, and even the youngest babes find these gentle, tilting waves enchanting toRead MoreMay 24, 2016 at 2:55pm | Be the first to comment Posted under , Classroom Learning, Seasons & Holidays
- Little Monets in the Making: Painting the Great Outdoors
This May, 4-year-olds in our centers are learning about Impressionism, a style of art that celebrates the wonder and freedom of painting in the great outdoors. Your little one can express her own artistic vision—and perhaps capture the fleeting beauty of a budding rose on a warm spring day—by setting up her easel in theRead MoreMay 24, 2016 at 10:21am | Be the first to comment Posted under , Classroom Learning, Creative Families
- Hey, Check This Out! 7 Tips for Exploring the Library with Little People
Some kids LOVE the library. Stacks of books, cozy nooks, infinite possibilities and stories to explore…their imaginations seem to light up. Other children feel a little stifled in an atmosphere that requires quiet… You, too, may be full of questions about how to introduce children to books and the library. Where should you start exactly?Read MoreMay 23, 2016 at 11:15am | Be the first to comment Posted under , Books & Reading, Preschool (3-5 years)
- Spaghetti Squash “Lasagna”: A Healthier (and Fun) Take on the Classic
When it comes to helpful home-cooked meals for busy working families, the mighty casserole tops the list. Easy to throw together, casseroles are great for feeding a hungry crowd, and the leftovers make a fantastic brown-bag lunch for work the next day. Of course, the steamy summer months may not have you hankering for foodsRead MoreMay 19, 2016 at 4:52pm | Be the first to comment Posted under , Cooking & Nutrition
- Wife and Child Go on Vacation. This Is Gonna Be Great! (Until It’s Not.)
When my wife first told me she’d be taking Little E to Southern California for a mother-daughter vacation, my first reaction was jealousy. A dry, desert climate underneath panoramic starry skies, while Portland had taken on the look and feel of a wet gym sock? I quickly gained some perspective, though, and saw this forRead MoreMay 19, 2016 at 11:16am | Be the first to comment Posted under , Essays & Humor
- Millennial Moms & Dads: 6 Ways They’re Raising Kids Differently
Move over, baby boomers. It’s official: Millennials (those currently aged 18 to 34) now number 75.4 million people—more than any other generation, including the baby boomers. And right now, those millennials are raising the yet-to-be-named future generation of Americans. Which got us thinking: Are millennial parents all that different from the parents of yesteryear? AccordingRead MoreMay 18, 2016 at 5:03pm | Be the first to comment Posted under , Positive Parenting, Work-Life Balance
- Summer’s Here! How to Make a Handy-Dandy On-the-Go First Aid Kit
Summer days are often described as “carefree.” And yet, the season of sun, shorts, and sports is also the time little bodies take a licking: There never seems to be a shortage of scraped knees from climbing trees, cut toes from broken shells, or spills on the T-ball field. This is why keeping an on-the-goRead MoreThe KinderCare Education® Family of Brands
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- So Cool! Healthier Popsicles for Hot Days