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Can toddlers learn their colors?

November 22, 2016 Becky Thada

Can toddlers learn their colors?

The short answer is of course, yes. The long answer is that each child progresses at his or her own pace. It's tempting to push kids to concepts we think they should learn, but if they're not ready, you and your child will just end up frustrated. You don't want to send messages that learning = frustration. So, if you try something and it doesn't go over well, give it a couple of months and try again in a slightly different way. Here's some things you can do to foster early color knowledge. 1. Point out colors in everyday. When...


You're doing just fine, Mama

November 20, 2016 Becky Thada

You're doing just fine, Mama

I know you. You feel guilty when you let your little ones play with the tablet so you can get one more thing done or just have a few minutes of quiet. You worry about your kids eating the right food and not the wrong ones. You wonder if their days are too busy, or not busy enough. You struggle to decide what to involve them in and which schools to send them to. You feel like you're never quite doing enough. You ache for your kids when they're sick and wonder if you're doing the right things. Some days you...


Rainy Day Fun

November 18, 2016 Becky Thada

Rainy Day Fun

I'll be honest. I'm guilty of being the mom that says, "No don't step in the puddle! Walk around it!" I have no interest in doing more laundry or buying more shoes. But in the right setting, we love getting out our rain boots, jackets, and umbrellas (is it just my kids who obsess about umbrellas?). Puddles and "rivers" formed in the streets are great fun for jumping in, throwing leaves and sticks into, or just watching in a sort of mesmerized way (I'm all for this type of hypnosis because it means my children are holding still!). I have...


The Ultimate Car Crazy Toy is a Ginormous Work of Modern Art.

March 23, 2016 Joe V.

The Ultimate Car Crazy Toy is a Ginormous Work of Modern Art.

Playing with cars isn’t just a kid thing...

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