Author - Laurie Empen

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Cabin-fever busters your kids will love

It’s that time of year: shortened days of sunlight, exhaustion from all the holidays and we’re stuck inside with little ones, ready to pull our hair out. How could anyone survive this, let alone enjoy it? Yes, these are tough days, but with a few helpful hints, we are going to have fun! It may just be changing up the same old routine with a few new and different things. Enjoy the time together and know spring will eventually return.

Turn on the tunes. I always put on music, as it chang...

Posted on February 01, 2018 at 7:08 AM by Laurie Empen

Mine, mine mine! How to mediate playspace tiffs

 

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“What do I do when my baby reaches over and grabs another baby’s hair?” It's a common question at the playgroup I lead. 

As a teacher of young children—birth to three years—I see lots of exploration, curiosity and expression of wants that affect other children, as well as parents and caregivers. What is the best way to guide young hearts, hands and minds in a group setting?

It’s important to remember the age of the child. I have seen two babies,...

Posted on April 14, 2016 at 12:20 PM by Laurie Empen