Parenting Skills

Introducing Your Baby to Solid Foods

By Carly Dunn, KinderCare Registered Dietitian Introducing your baby to solid foods is an exciting milestone. How and when infants start eating solid foods will be different for each child, but the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends starting at around six months. This depends on the baby’s readiness, and it is important to learn and

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Tips for Adjusting to Life as a Parent

Becoming a mom or dad is one of the most fulfilling, yet challenging experiences in life. Many parents struggle with getting used to the changes in their lives and finding a healthy balance between family, work and their own independent selves. We have lots of experienced parents here at KinderCare headquarters, and we wanted to

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Tips From Our Teachers: More Potty Training Tips

Jaime Roshon and Tena Christianson are veteran teachers who have each been with KinderCare for 13 years. This year, they were among ten outstanding teachers presented with the coveted Knowledge Universe Early Childhood Educator awards, chosen from more than 24,000 teachers across the country. Potty training is one of the key accomplishments of toddlerhood, but

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Family Holiday Travel Tips

Traveling with children can be easy and fun! The key is simply being prepared. We have lots of experienced parents here at KinderCare headquarters. This year, as the holiday season approaches, we wanted to share some of our favorite family travel tips. Wear kids out before traveling. Hit a playground before you leave town or

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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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“Don’t Talk To Strangers”

By Linda Hassan Anderson, Vice President, Education “Don’t talk to strangers!” As children, most of us heard this “well intended” parental advice. It was as common as “Look both ways before crossing the street” and “Don’t talk with your mouth full.” This is what parents say, right? And yet, the world has changed so significantly

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Weekly Links Roundup and Cute Photo of the Week!

It’s getting to be fall here in Portland. September is always a moody month for me; we have my birthday and my daughter’s birthdays, so we have lots of celebrations (and presents…and cake!) But on the downside, it’s about to start raining and not stop for many, many months. So, to lead the weekly links

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