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Tips & tricks for parents to make the most out of every moment.

Play comes naturally to most kids. Whether your kids play with toys or household items, they love to use their imagination. Sometimes as parents we have a hard time encouraging our kids to use their imagination because we are so busy with our jobs or parenting. When kids are encouraged to use their imagination, they use more vocabulary and critical thinking skills. They might vocalize their emotions and feelings towards something while they are playing. This is a huge part of their brain development they need to become successful adults. Listed below are a few ways you can encourage your kids to use their imagination and foster a love for play!

It is never too early to start teaching good character to your kids. Believe it or not you can start teaching good character to your kids when they are babies and toddlers. The first step to teaching good character is by modeling it yourself. 

Babies/Toddlers (1-3 years)

Having a set schedule or routine can benefit your family in many ways. Most kids (and adults) thrive on “knowing” what comes next. Schedules and routines provide a sense of security for young kids. They also help kids develop self-discipline and self-confidence because they are completing tasks on their own (or trying to). Creating a family schedule/routine will depend on the ages of your kids. Hold a family meeting and ask your kids what types of things they need to do when they wake up and what to do before they go to bed. Asking their input will encourage them to stick to the schedule because they helped plan it! Although schedules and routines are extremely helpful, it’s good to remember that life happens sometimes. There will be days that stuff comes up and that is OKAY. Talk to your kids before their schedule changes. This will help eliminate any behaviors due to being out of their routine. Listed below is a schedule of our “typical” day as a family of eight.

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