Archives for April 2014

Spring Fever?

Original article by Bette Holtzman As the days grow longer, the weather gets warmer. While the sun lingers a bit more each day, have you noticed your children becoming listless and excited at the same time? They’ve probably caught spring fever— and the feeling is contagious. The best treatment for spring fever is to ease into the season by maintaining your family’s routines as much as possible. And, if your son gets restless, let him “chill” by relaxing, reading a book, watching a classic Read more [...]

Why You (and your children) Should Plant a Tree

Planting a tree with your children can mean so much more than just adding an attractive feature to your garden – it's an opportunity to 'put something back’ into the environment and encourage birds, insects and other creatures into your habitat. The garden is a veritable wonderland for young children, with all manner of natural processes to watch, observe and delight in, from wildlife and wild flowers through to life cycles and growing patterns. And as children are naturally curious about Read more [...]

Earth Day Madness!

People across the world will pay tribute to our planet on April 22. Earth Day was created by peace activist John McConnell in 1970 as a way to promote peace and environmental reform. Today, 192 countries celebrate this day and call for Earth’s protection and preservation through various activities and initiatives. Earth Day is an opportunity for parents to teach their children environmental responsibility and show them that even small actions can make a difference. Here are 10 simple ways that Read more [...]

Why Preschool Matters

By Beth Kanter from Parents Magazine The Importance of Preschool 1. What's the difference between childcare and preschool? Childcare centers are generally an option for working parents who need their children to be taken care of during the day; centers accept babies as well as toddlers and are full-time, full-year programs. Preschool refers to an early-childhood educational class for 3- and 4-year-olds. Many offer a part-time schedule (for example, a few hours a day, two to five times a week) Read more [...]