“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
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
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
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
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
Looking for a fun way to give back as a family? We rounded up a handful of philanthropic ways families can practice gratitude and celebrate the season of giving together. Review our list to find special ways to give back…Continue Reading
Whether exposed to trauma firsthand or through media, children are likely to have an emotional reaction to what they’re seeing or hearing. How can you tell if a child is having difficulty handling stress after a traumatic experience? We asked…Continue Reading
Crisis situations can impact children more than we may think, causing anxiety in their lives. By directly addressing the situation, you can diffuse fear and open the door for follow-up discussions and questions. Not sure how to start? Here are…Continue Reading
Psychologists at the University of Colorado have discovered that children who engage in more free play have a more highly developed ability to generate personal goals and determine how best to achieve them. Continue Reading
Although summertime is nearing an end for most school-age children, it’s not too late for youngsters to dive into a few last minute books. We asked Youth Services Specialist of St. Louis County Library Andrea Walter how children benefit from…Continue Reading