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Your Child’s Confidence

    At any stage of development, parents and caregivers have a crucial role in helping children develop the self-confidence they’ll need in all aspects of their current and future success. We have the opportunity and responsibility to recognize these opportunities and help to nurture our children in a way that strengthens their confidence and…

Learning is FUN…and sometimes messy.

  Every parent has or will face the frustration of having their child’s clothes ruined by something their child got messy doing.  Sometimes it seems the newer and more expensive the clothes, the sooner it will have a marker stain, a scissor hole, or a friction burn.  It is important that our students come to…

Coping with Separation Anxiety

Helping Children Adjust to New Settings and Coping with Separation Anxiety For the last few weeks some of our children have been experiencing new classrooms or are new to our center. Some tears due to uncertainty, new expectations, and missing parents and previous educators is a natural and healthy part of your child’s development! Separation…

Communicating Expectations Clearly

  Many of us are familiar with the frustration we feel when someone or their actions disappoints us. While that frustration can certainly be warranted, it’s also a good time to be introspective about whether your expectations have been clearly communicated. Children typically want to be pleasers, but they may not always know what things…

Key Differences of Conscious Discipline and Traditional Discipline

  Becky Baily, the developer of Conscious Discipline, outlines the key differences between what many of us grew up with (Traditional Discipline), and the strategies we aim to implement (Conscious Discipline) in three parts.  Traditionally, adults tried to make others change by prescribing the right punishment or withholding something desired.  Conscious Discipline on the other…

Steps Toward Understanding Child Behavior

    Many of you have just conferenced with your child’s teacher and have seen the component within that is a behavioral checklist.  This serves as an assessment of the behaviors we see at Academy and may help parents and teachers discuss the cause or function of the behavior.  Once the underlying issue is identified,…

February – I Love You Rituals

    A wonderful woman who lived in a shoe, She had so many children she knew exactly what to do. She held them. She rocked them, and tucked them in bed. “I love you, I love you” is what she said. -Dr. Becky Bailey Dr. Becky Bailey’s book, I Love You Rituals details how…

Make Expectations Clear and Consistent

    It is important to discuss expectations with our children so they are clear on what behaviors we want to see. Some things will be the same (we will use safe hands,) and others will be specific to the occasion (we can roll down the hill at the park if we take turns.) We…

Expectations in New Settings

    Whether planning a vacation, business trip, or a night on the town (remember those?), we as adults like to have a basic idea of what to expect.  We feel a little more at ease knowing what things we’ll be doing or attending, what time we need to be somewhere, and with whom we’ll…