Beyond the Classroom


Parents-in-Chief: Does Authoritarian Parenting Work?

by Ann DeWitt and Kim DeMarchi First things first: We absolutely believe in parenting with high expectations and firm boundaries. But there’s a big difference between firm, loving parenting and an overly “strict,” authoritarian approach to parenting. Far more common 50 years ago, strict parenting is commander-in-chief approach to discipline and behavior management—it’s the you-will-do-this-because-I‘m-the-parent-and-I-said-so style

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Be prepared for that first trip to the dentist!

First Trip to the Dentist? Dr. Travis Nelson Helps You Keep’em Smiling

On two half-days each week, Dr. Travis Nelson, clinical assistant professor at the University of Washington’s Center for Pediatric Dentistry, provides dental care to children with autism. Children who are not neuro-typical—like those with autism—can have trouble following rules and controlling behavior: Just getting them to stay still for a cleaning can be a major

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Rock the House!

Boy bands, pop stars, super groups, feh! Everyone knows the house band is the best. Using items from around your house, you can create the rocking-est version of Itsy Bitsy Spider you’ve ever heard. All you need is a little creativity, some recycled materials, and a love for fun!            

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Leading the nation in accreditation!

We try not to crow about our accomplishments too much here on our blog. But recently we had great news to share with our families, our children, and our center staff, too. In May, Woodcreek KinderCare in Roseville, California, became the 1,000th Knowledge Universe center to earn national accreditation. Accreditation is a mark of excellence, but it’s also

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