Reading To Kids Is More Than Brain Food

Reading is powerful brain food, but the power of reading to kids lies in the bond we develop with our children over a shared book, a shared moment of magic.

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​I’ll never forget the moment we found out we were pregnant with our first child.

Words like excited, scared, nervous, terrified, joyful, happy and every other adjective in between described us and the utter awesomeness of this little miracle that would make our family grow.

And like a lot of new parents, we devoured every parenting book, attended every new parent class and were given lots of advice from not-so-new parents on what to do and not to do- whether we asked for this advice or not!

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The Surprising Science Behind Your Child’s Development

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What if we are raising our children to succeed in a world that no longer exists?

That is the forward-thinking question pediatrician Laura A. Jana, M.D., asks in her new book, The Toddler Brain. Over a cup of coffee, I interviewed her about why she felt compelled to write this new book.

I met Dr. Jana 10 years ago when we were looking for childcare for our oldest son. At that time, she owned Primrose School of Legacy, a childcare franchise of Primrose Schools.

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Kids and Screen Time: Why It’s Important To Monitor

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Reading to your children has long been considered a healthy practice. It helps you engage with your child and builds a relationship, but new studies show this practice is much more important than that.

The topic of discussion here is kids and screen time (using digital devices) versus good old fashioned reading, and according to new guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics digital media exposure for children of all ages should be limited.

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7 Really Cute Easter Gift Ideas For Kids

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Easter- one of our favorite holidays- represents love, life, family and sacrifice to us. Our kids get some of that, but if we’re honest, what they really love is the Easter egg hunt, candy and gifts! Can you blame them!?

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Our Favorite Dr. Seuss Quotes and Rhymes

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Today would be the 113th birthday of Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss.

Seuss was a creative genius. Did you know he produced two Oscar-winning films during WWII? Of course, most of us know Dr. Seuss best for filling our children’s bookshelves with hilarious, touching picture books filled with his unique illustration style and tight verse.

To honor his birthday, here are a few of our favorite Dr. Seuss rhymes:

“And will you succeed? Yes you will indeed! (98 and 3/4 percent guaranteed.)”

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.”

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A Special Personalized Big Sister Book

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Does your home have a soon to be big sister(s) in it?

Do you know a very special little girl who will be expecting a new little brother or sister?

 

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The Perfect Personalized Big Brother Book

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Does your home have a soon to be big brother(s) in it?

Do you know a very special little boy who will be expecting a new little brother or sister?

There is nothing more amazing than bringing a new baby into your family.

But as beautiful as it is, it can create a big shift in the dynamics of your family. That is especially true if you already have a first child at home.

If you’ve birthed- or adopted- more than one child, then you already know from firsthand experience the fear that parents can have about welcoming a new baby as a sibling.

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Thoughtful Personalized Toddler Gifts

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Do you remember going on vacation or a field trip and being around all of your friends with “normal” names and “normal” spelling?

Looking at the cups and keychains with names on them, hoping that maybe this time the store would have your name and spelling on something- anything!

And, of course it wasn’t…because you are unique and have a unique name!

Well- fortunately for your little ones there are so many different personalizing options now-a-days.

If you aren’t familiar with us, we specialize in personalized children’s books. But we put together this list for you of some of our other favorite personalized toddler gifts.


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Connect With The Child In Your Life: Make A Reading Nook Together

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If you are a mom, dad, aunt, uncle, godparent, grandparent, older sibling or simply just friends with a younger child, you probably know how incredibly difficult it is to connect with them in this day and age. With all of the tv shows, ipads, ipods, iphones, computers… it’s rare to get your children to want to put down the electronics and spend some quality screen free time with you. A good way to connect is to start and finish a project together. We have compiled some reading nook ideas for you to create with the child in your life!

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Connecting With Our Kids When Life Gets Busy

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Time.

It seems to fly by faster each year our children get older. A friend once said to me, “Long days, short years” when describing raising children. She was spot on. We have the same 24 hours in a day as we did when our kids came into this world, but why does it feel like so much less?

In talking with other parents about time, there is a common theme:

There isn’t enough of it.

Between the demands of work, logistics of getting children to and from activities, caring for our homes, feeding our family, paying the bills, it can all be a bit overwhelming.

And the REALLY important stuff we want to make time for can get pushed to the side. Important stuff like connecting with our children.

It’s easy to say we’ll do better tomorrow, but tomorrow becomes the next day and the next day and so forth.

Since we can’t magically add minutes to our day, we’ve had to be creative in the ways we connect with our three sons.

Finding only 15 minutes a day can be all it takes to keep everyone centered and happy.

Below are the top 10 ways we connect with our kids:

1. Read.

This has been our favorite activity to do with our kids since they were wee ones. Reading with them on our laps, bedtime reading, somehow fitting into their forts for ‘undercover’ reading or simply sitting in our family room on the couch, this special time of bonding through a shared book is a cherished activity. Even our 11-year old still likes to hear us read a picture book to our youngest. More…