Category Archives: Parent Resources

Guest Post: Assess Your Child – Cognitively, Physically, and Socially & Emotionally

Kate climbing in park

Betsy from Classroom Caboodle graciously asked me to write an article for her blog. In this article I explain how to set challenging and achievable goals for your child. How to Meet Your Child Where He or She is:    … Continue reading

Welcoming 2013


Without direction there is no hope. Embrace the New Year with optimism and great expectations. I wish you wisdom, strength and a clear direction for 2013. Happy New Year! Denise Finnerty

It’s Never Too Early for Back-to-School Prep!


By guest blogger and classroom teacher, Betsy Weigle.   We can start getting our little ones ready for the first day of school well before kindergarten begins. The first day of school is a very difficult transition, so any preparation … Continue reading

Sharing Hope and Feeling Peace

candle lighting for Newtown victims

This year it may be difficult to get in to the spirit of Christmas as usual. Christmas is supposed to be a time of joy, peace and goodwill towards all. “Only a 53-percent majority of all Americans are ‘hopeful’ about … Continue reading

Simple Chicken Pot Pie Kids Love!

Good friends share recipes! This one is not only a family favorite, but it is now a neighborhood favorite; thanks to my friend Stephanie! And this recipe only takes 5 minutes to prep! One of my sons’ friends claimed he … Continue reading

Number of Children Being Diagnosed With Diabetes is Climbing

Katie and Julie Beck

According to the American Diabetes Association, Nearly 26 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes. Diabetes cases are up more than 100 percent in 18 U.S. states. Diabetes is a group of diseases characterized by high blood … Continue reading

Lessons for Giving Thanks

Give Thanks

How does a child learn gratitude? Through guidance and practice. See below for a family activity that tells the story of Thanksgiving and encourages the sharing of one’s heart. It begins at home with you as their teacher. We all want … Continue reading

Parents Navigating the Technology Trend

boy and tablet

            According to a very revealing infographic recently posted on Mashable Tech, 39% percent of children age 2-4 have used a smart device, such as an iPad. This growing trend of children using smart devices comes … Continue reading

Guide Children Towards Greatness

Dad and boys

This blog post has been written by Colleen Carroll, EdD, a children’s leadership expert and family consultant.  Have you ever met a young child who has surprised you by his intelligence, or amazed you at her linguistic skills? Maybe you … Continue reading

Where I’ve been…Working on 3 Way Wins!

Lakes Area Optimist Club 3rd Annual Run With Attitude Event

  So many things are constantly competing for our time and energies. Because we are so busy, and have more than one important area in our life, it only makes sense to try to accomplish 2, 3 or 4 things … Continue reading