The first card game that virtually every preschooler learns to play is “War.” The deck is divided in half then each player turns over a card and the player with the higher card collects both cards. If the cards match, each player places three cards down and then the player with the higher fourth card collects all. This continues until one player possesses the entire deck. Read more
There is no doubt that the unconditional love of her mother and father plays a critical in ensuring a child’s mental and emotional health. Consequently, psychologists recommend that parents regularly remind their little one that she is loved. But I think it is important to make the distinction between “regularly” and “routinely.” Read more
Every year an average of 30 new books on “how to raise your child” are published, and the quality of information and advice they contain is highly variable. So how can you tell if a book is worth the money it costs to buy it and the time it takes to read it? Here are some tips.
A common misperception is that the “terrible twos” are natural and inevitable. The fact is that dealing with a two-year-old who regularly engages in tantrums is easily avoidable. The key is dealing effectively with something that is natural and inevitable a few months earlier.
An extremely important attribute that children develop during the preschool years is what psychologists refer to as “initiative.” As their imagination and creativity emerge, children learn that they can come up with good ideas in their own heads. Read more
Among my many grandchildren (I’ve lost count) there is a set of triplets. And if you want to get that trio angry, all you have to do is refer to them as “the triplets.” Each one is an individual with a unique personality and a distinct set of abilities and interests.
It is impossible to be a parent and not suffer frequent bouts of guilt. You are always going to regret something you did or didn’t do with your kids. Fortunately, children are remarkably resilient. They will recover from whatever real or imagined sin you have committed and probably will have long forgotten about it while you are still beating yourself up about it.
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