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On Thankfulness

“Name one high, one low and three blessings.”

The first time I met my boyfriend’s (now husband’s) family, we had just finished dinner when his mom said this.

No one had ever asked me this. It threw me off.

We went around the table one by one and listed the best moment of our day, the worst and three things we were thankful for.Continue Reading

5 Tips for Raising Compassionate Kids

Raising a child is no easy task and teaching them how to be kind can feel even more challenging. No matter your family environment, it’s never too early to cultivate a child’s compassion for others. Using Making Caring Common Project’s research on raising ethical and caring children, we’ve created a list of five ways you can foster kindness and empathy in your children.Continue Reading

5 Ways Play Promotes Child Development

Unscheduled, unsupervised playtime is one of the most valuable educational opportunities a child can be given. The benefits of play can be seen in all areas of a child’s life from social and physical growth to cognitive and educational development. Facilitating thinking in young children and allowing them to initiate activities instead of adult-led, structured activities is essential to their growth and development. Here are five specific ways play positively contributes to a child’s overall success.Continue Reading

Five Tips for Raising Kind Kids

Raising a child is no easy task and teaching them how to be kind can feel even more challenging. No matter your family environment, it’s never too early to cultivate a child’s compassion for others. Using Making Caring Common Project’s…Continue Reading

Five Ways to Have Fun This Winter

Cold temperatures have arrived in St. Louis, but that doesn’t mean that you have to hibernate all winter. Taking steps to stay active with your family through engaging activities will increase bonding while supporting your child’s healthy development. We’ve created…Continue Reading