There are so many sites out there, and busy parents aren’t sure what to look at first when researching health issues. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has a website with a newsletter and an e-zine that can be a place to start. They write a monthly newsletter on a wide range of subjects, and…… Continue reading Healthychildren.org Has AAP Tips And An E-zine For Parents
One of the best app designers for very young children (for whom short periods of screen time with an interactive adult is always the way to go) are the folks who make the Peekaboo series. They have created a handful of apps (Peekaboo barn, vehicles, fridge, ocean) that use sharp but simple graphics, sound effects…… Continue reading Peekaboo Apps: Fun Learning Choices for the Toddler Techies
One of my favorite toy makers (sorry, Santa!) is Melissa and Doug. Their well-designed toys are entertaining to children and satisfy the esthetic and educational needs of parents. But did you know that you can use their fabulous coloring pads to develop pre-writing skills in your preschooler? Their jumbo coloring pads come in a wide…… Continue reading Color With Melissa and Doug: Your Child Won’t Know He Is Getting Ready to Write!
All children on the autism spectrum have two things in common: they have difficulty with communication and less social skills than would be expected for their age. Many, but not all, children with ASD struggle with sensory processing. The level of struggle is so unique that these kids look very different from one another most…… Continue reading Autism and the Happiest Toddler Approach: Why Does It Work?
One of my favorite app designers are the folks at Tiny Hands. They have a suite (but you can buy apps separately and get free mini trials) of apps for the 2-5 set that are progressive in challenge but consistently high in fun. Since I am always looking for positive (read: active) tablet use, I…… Continue reading Toddler Apps That Make Tiny Hands and Tiny Minds Work Together!
The recent discussion surrounding the popular toy “Elf on the Shelf” has been more heated than one might expect for a holiday tradition. For every family that finds him charming and motivating, there is another family that sees him as a creepy little elf, holding the threat of tattling to Santa over toddlers’ heads. I…… Continue reading Elf on the Shelf Controversy: Let’s Try Positive Gossiping to Santa