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Predictable family routines lead to healthy development

Posted by on Dec 7, 2016 in Recent, Routines, Social Emotional Development | 0 comments

Predictable family routines lead to healthy development

Why do child development experts keep proclaiming that routines are so terribly important? How can it possibly matter what time mealtimes and bedtimes occur? Can a family’s habits make a difference in important outcomes for children? The answer is, yes. Research shows that predictable, stable routines matter, a lot. In the immediate context for children, routines are important because they provide a rhythm to the day and ensure that children are getting the attention, nutrition and rest that...

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Ask Nurturance: Managing family routines

Posted by on Oct 25, 2016 in Ask Nurturance, Recent, Routines | 0 comments

Ask Nurturance: Managing family routines

            Dear M, I have two kids, ages 4 and 6. I really struggle with being organized and leaving the house peacefully and on time and I feel like I am constantly playing catch-up. Do you have any tips on how to make mornings run smoothly and ideas for managing family routines? I look forward to hearing from you! Exasperated mom of two   Dear mom of two, When my three children were all under the age of five, getting prepared and out the door by a set time...

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Routine Changes

Posted by on Sep 8, 2016 in Recent, Routines, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Routine Changes

            As children and families grow, change will be inevitable. Some common, big changes children face might include: Toilet training The birth of a new sibling A move to a new house Starting school Schedule alteration due to parents’ jobs Routines Children find comfort in regular routines; however, transitioning to new routines (even ones that were familiar just a few months ago) can seem daunting and unsettling. Naturally parents can and should prepare...

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Ask Nurturance: Summer activities

Posted by on Jun 7, 2016 in Ask Nurturance, Recent, Routines | 0 comments

Ask Nurturance: Summer activities

Dear M, My four kids finished school for the year today. They are so excited about summer vacation, but although I feel slightly guilty to admit this, I’m dreading it. I have signed them up for a few activities, but Activities Times Four = $$$$, and keeping them occupied all through the summer by paying for day camps every week is not in our budget. I don’t know how to keep them entertained and off their devices for the next three months. Please tell me what I can to do prevent all of us from...

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What Teachers Know About Routines

Posted by on Nov 17, 2015 in Recent, Routines | 0 comments

What Teachers Know About Routines

Throughout the past two months I have had the privilege of guest teaching in nearly two dozen classrooms at five different schools. I enjoy interacting with the children, ranging in age from 3 to 12, and I constantly marvel at the amazing things they are learning and producing in class, led by their competent and well prepared teachers. Last week I noticed this poster prominently displayed in a Preschool classroom. I love the fact that teachers keep this sentiment in mind as they work day in...

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The Gift of a Good Start

Posted by on Jun 30, 2015 in Routines | 0 comments

The Gift of a Good Start

When browsing through TED talks related to child development and parenting, one may not expect to find a speech given by Colin Powell, but here it is.  General Powell presents a compelling argument for maintaining structure within family life.  “Once structure is developed, you would be amazed at what you can do.” Powell maintains that structure leads to respect and that structure resides in people’s hearts and souls.  When children learn to “mind” (follow...

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