A Puzzle a Day


You’ve probably heard that puzzles are good for your child’s mind and cognitive development; in fact, you may have received puzzles as gifts. Honestly, when you have younger kids, it seems that YOU end up putting the puzzle together or just picking up all the pieces spread out on the floor.  It can seem an ugly, cruel game for busy moms!

But it was important for me to remember why are puzzles considered helpful to a child’s mental development.  My little guy can get quite a bit of time under his belt working with puzzles, if I help get him engaged in the process and encourage him. [Read more…]

Benefits of Music


Have you ever noticed that kids seem to have a natural pull toward music?  I’ve shared how much I enjoy music, how it calms me and centers me – music is good!

Music and musical instruments are often a mainstay in preschool and kindergarten classrooms and many parents give their children music lessons.   Turns out there are some really good reasons for doing so!

Here are ten reasons how music really benefits children: [Read more…]

When Martians Speak


By Lori Byerly

From my son’s first words, “sti” (stick) and “ra” (rock), I knew I was in for some challenging communication issues.  I love to play with words.  I love the subtle nuances of various words and how you can put them together to communicate ideas and concepts.  How was I going to live with this little person who made lots of “bbbppppttt!!!”  noises and whose greatest joy was taking things apart?

In time I did learn.  I had to enter his world of trucks and bugs.  I listened to endless stories about battle strategies between plastic soldiers.  Our house was littered with forts made of blankets and trails of Lego blocks (I don’t know of a single item that hurts more to step on than a Lego block).  Along the way I’ve learned a few tools and I’d like to share them with you. [Read more…]

Staying Ahead of the Power Curve


“The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining.” -JFK

Do you usually tackle issues BEFORE you have an issue to be concerned with or do you wait until things start to crumble?

Are you into preventative “medicine” or wait until you are sick to get help?

Most parents who come to me for help are doing so NOT because things are going well, but because something has fallen through the cracks and they are struggling – either managing their home, dealing with parenting issues or feeling drained personally.

There is a much better way to deal with some of these issues.

By anticipating situations or development you can stay ahead of the game – you can beat the odds! [Read more…]