Beyond the Classroom


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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Being a parent is a lot of fun, but also kind of scary!

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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Award-winning teacher Jaime Roshon with a child in her classroom

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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Winter Activities That Encourage Creativity

One common challenge for families during winter break is what to do with bored, cooped-up children. Well, we’re here to help! Winter break is a wonderful opportunity to engage your child in activities that help foster creativity. The following activities are appropriate for one or more preschool-aged children and can be done in your home with

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Girl embrace snowman

Embracing and Creating Family Holiday Traditions

by Meg Davis, MS, Managing Senior Editor, Education Department “We want to raise our children so that they can take a sense of pleasure in both their own heritage and the diversity of others.” – Fred Rogers The months of November, December and January present many opportunities for children to learn about and participate in

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turkey handprint

Thanksgiving Nutrition Tips

Here are a few simple ways to make your favorite Thanksgiving dishes healthier! Green Bean Casserole Use fresh or frozen green beans, or rinse canned green beans to remove any excess salt from water. Use crushed whole wheat crackers as topping (the USDA recommends “making half your grains whole.”) Use lower sodium cream of mushroom

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An older child may need your help adjusting to a new family dynamic when a new baby arrives.

Helping An Older Child Adjust to a New Sibling

by Linda Hassan Anderson, KinderCare Vice President of Education “My mommy has a baby in her tummy and I’m going to be a big sister,” exclaims (insert name here)! This expression of wonder and joy captures one of many thoughts and emotions to come from new siblings. The announcement that parents are expecting is an

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My daughter waiting for our flight to board. We're lucky, she loves to fly!

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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