Category Archives: Child Development

Gratitude

We are moving toward Thanksgiving, a time of year when we hopefully find some time to reflect on the many good things in our lives. It can be hard in times of emotional or financial turmoil to find the good … Continue reading

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Plateaus Are Cool

Enjoy the plateau. It is an important step in a long process. A Plateau is defined as: a period or state of little or no growth or decline, a period of little or no apparent progress in an individual’s learning, … Continue reading

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Can You Learn to Relax as a Parent?

Something might happen!! Today’s parents of infants and toddlers seem obsessed with safety. We see kids in our lobbies and at the malls wrapped so tightly in their strollers with neck rollers and five point harnesses, that they would be … Continue reading

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Get That Baby in the Water

Elizabeth, age 1 month; age 2 months. Last Saturday, we had a great experience at our swim school. We hosted a four hour presentation from New Directions Institute on Infant Brain Development. It was awesome and challenging at the same time. … Continue reading

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Playing Should Be Fun – Are You Parenting or Coaching?

One of my favorite books is Once A Runner by John L. Parker. It is the fictional story of a collegiate runner, Quentin Cassidy, a senior at a mythical Southeastern University. It follows the evolution of his running as he … Continue reading

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Are You a Helicopter Parent?

Do you ‘hover’ over your kids too much? I received the following inquiry after one of our initial blogs: I am a Mom of a boy who is 3 ½ and a daughter who just turned 2. I have a … Continue reading

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Parenting With Kindness

We have a bulletin board at the swim school where we share some of the funny things we hear, or emails we receive from various sources. The phrases below made me reflect on my parenting skills. Actually, initially they made … Continue reading

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Give Your Kids Options, Not Control

Occasionally, as I wander through our lobby I hear parents engaged in conversation with our staff regarding the various swim lesson or sports camp programs we offer. The parent dutifully runs through the litany of appropriate questions relating to our … Continue reading

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Why Should My Baby Learn To Swim? (Part One in a Continuing Dialogue)

Image shot at Hubbard Swim School by Urchin Rock Photography Teaching your infant to swim is not only about safety! Many parents are compelled to explore the option of infant swim lessons as a direct result of the fear they … Continue reading

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Can TV Influence Obesity or Intellectual Activity in Children?

The number of young children with televisions in their bedrooms has increased, according to research by the Independent Television Commission. More than one third of children under the age of four, thirty-six (36) percent have a television in their bedroom, … Continue reading

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