9 Jun · Linda Searles · No Comments

The Power of Play

What is PLAY? “Play is multi-faceted, complex and dynamic, eluding easy definition. It is usually felt to be a universal activity and children are often portrayed as having an inherent desire and capacity to play.” Free or pure play: Children have all the control, and adults are passive observers. Guided play: Teacher-child collaboration, with the …


19 Mar · pieter · No Comments

Toddler Temper Tantrums

“Oh Noooo”-screaming toddler –mine!!! In the grocery store-everyone is looking at me as if I did something horrible to my sweet little child. Why kids have temper tantrums: Temper tantrums are a normal part of child development and are equally common in both girls and boys. Some children have temper tantrums often and some have …


19 Feb · Linda Searles · No Comments

Toddler Eating Habits

Your toddler is more interested in discovering new things in his new world than he is in sitting down to eat. Sitting in his high chair is step one but now you have to get him to eat. Toddlers are a bit suspicious of new foods and may have one word for them “No” or …


31 Jan · Linda Searles · No Comments

Why Do Toddlers Throw Things?

“Wow”! “This is fun”! I can grasp this thing with my fingers, open up my fingers, and the “thing” will fall or I can lift my arm, throw and open my fingers, an 18 month to 3 years child may think. It takes fine motor skills to open and let go of an object. Your …


6 Nov · Linda Searles · No Comments

Tips for Flying with a Baby or Toddler

It’s the Holiday Season and air travel is stressful especially when traveling with a baby during busy flight times. Book a separate ticket for our child, even though they can fly free from birth the age two. You will be more comfortable, and your child will be safer. Also make sure you have an FAA …


26 Oct · Linda Searles · No Comments

How to Help Your Child’s Fears of Halloween

Please do not minimize your child’s fears. Let them know you understand their fears. After all, monsters and bloody eyeballs may be fun to you but very scary to a young child. Some children have a hard time differentiating between reality and fantasy making Halloween a horror movie to a child. Prepare your child early. …


22 Mar · Linda Searles · No Comments

Is Music Good for Toddlers?

Music provides cognitive benefits that support children’s early development. Here are five reasons why music can be beneficial to the development of your child. Music increases toddlers’ sensory development. Exposing your child to different types of music can help create mor pathways between the cells in their brains; This effect increases even more when you …


27 Dec · Linda Searles · No Comments

The Holiday Letdown with Toddlers

Christmas can be overwhelming for children to experience all the glitter and glow of the holidays. The Christmas decorations, the tree, the lights, the goodies, the movies, the trips to parades and the gifts. Wow, it’s not wonder that Christmas takes its toll on every child and every parent. After the wave of excitement there …


19 Dec · Linda Searles · No Comments

When Do Children Stop Being Afraid of Santa?

Actually, toddlers are afraid of Santa for many reasons. The first is “wow, this is a stranger, a big fat stranger with a big, long white beard that I have never seen, with a loud HO HO HO laugh that I have never heard. No wonder I am scared!! Some ways of helping your child …


12 Oct · Linda Searles · No Comments

Why Do Toddlers Love To Climb?

Toddlers climb because they think they can! Toddlers are very curious and as they gain confidence, they start to climb everywhere, and not aware of the danger they expose themselves to. Providing a safe environment such as an indoor home gym where they can safely climb under supervision, is a great way to satisfy the …