To Praise or Not to Praise

To Praise or Not to Praise

We have no doubt that this week’s TLC Parent Topic has caused some confusion in our parenting lives – to praise or not to praise? Let’s start with a familiar example: your child just finished creating an impressive tower with duplo blocks. Without...
Eat With Your Kids

Eat With Your Kids

Every semester we dedicate at least one class parent discussion to healthy family eating. Why? Simply put, research clearly demonstrates the positive connections between family meals and early brain development, overall health, and mental health outcomes....
Who is YOUR Child? Understanding Temperament in Young Children

Who is YOUR Child? Understanding Temperament in Young Children

All children are born with a distinct temperament. As parents we can’t control this raw material, but we can try to give our children the environment that will best help them to make the most of their potential. Before we move on to more specific parenting questions...
Supporting Your Child Falling Asleep: Healthy Family Sleep

Supporting Your Child Falling Asleep: Healthy Family Sleep

Our first Parent Topic of the semester- Finding a New Normal Together– clearly supports the necessity for parents (and caregivers) to receive both social support and parenting education while caring for young children. Now that we are all familiar with the...
Quit Bullying Yourself!

Quit Bullying Yourself!

We are at that time of the semester – the one week of the semester where we focus completely on us– the tender loving caregivers of our children. In past semesters our class discussions have focused on topics such as practicing mindfulness, easing...
Distracted Parenting

Distracted Parenting

One may think this week’s parent topic, Distracted Parenting, will be one of those class discussions when you leave TLC feeling more guilty than you did when you walked in. Hopefully, this will NOT be the case- especially after our discussion last week around...
Racial Bias in Young Children

Racial Bias in Young Children

Research has clearly demonstrated that babies recognize when faces are of a race different from their own. Of course, at this young age, babies do not hold negative (or positive) beliefs about these racial differences. When do children begin making judgments around...
Healthy Family Eating: SNACKS 101

Healthy Family Eating: SNACKS 101

As parents ourselves, we know preparing and feeding our children can be a (very) stressful component of parenting. For some of us, we worried our little ones aren’t eating enough healthy foods. For other loving caregivers, we worry that perhaps our children are...
Three Common Parenting Mistakes

Three Common Parenting Mistakes

Last week, we began the spring semester with an overview discussion focused on which parenting strategies we value and plan to (or already) implement in our homes. This week, the TLC Parent Topic will be more specific and supportive around parenting young children. We...