Behavior & Discipline

The True Meaning of Thank You: How to Teach Heartfelt Manners to Your Kids

Parents beam when their children remember to say thank you or excuse themselves before interrupting an adult conversation. At our learning centers, our teachers often use thank you to confirm positive behaviors. Manners are more than teaching kids how to use polite language. Respect, kindness, and consideration are the core values of good manners—precisely the values that help

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The Art of Parenting: Discipline (video)

The word discipline is often interpreted as punishment. In this video, our own VP of Education, Linda Hassan Anderson, shares a different perspective on “discipline” not as punishment, but as an opportunity to teach children how to regulate their own behavior and learn what’s appropriate in what settings. Linda also discusses discipline as the opportunity

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Tips From Our Teachers: Discipline, Aggression and Biting

One of the most frequently asked questions from families who tour KinderCare centers is: “How do you handle aggressive behavior and discipline?” I asked Deborah Simmons, Assistant Director at Eastville KinderCare in Belleview, Illinois, for her perspective on the topic based on her experiences and observations in the classroom. Deborah has 26 years of experience working

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Weekly Links Roundup and Cute Photo of the Week!

This week, a beautiful and bittersweet back to school post by Girls Gone Child leads my links roundup. Great advice for teaching a child to treat others with respect from Parenthacks. This is such a brilliant idea, from Rookie Moms: make dinner for the next night after dinner. Finally, I missed this last week but

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Got Picky Eaters? Try These Tips!

For You: Never bribe your child to eat; keep food neutral. Keep mealtime positive. Talk positively about food. “Milk tastes yummy and it will make your bones and teeth grow strong.” For Your Child: Have quiet time prior to meals to prevent a “hyper” table. Allow kids to dish-up themselves (safely); this is called family

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