“What if I’m not a superhero? What if I’m the bad guy?” -Edward Cullen, Twilight

Ms. Carol Reintroducing the Bad Guy: There is a common theme children bring to their play, mostly the boys:  Good Guy/Bad Guy.  I have spent a good deal of time researching and discussing with professionals the importance or lack there of, of this kind of play.  What I have come to learn it is normal, especially for boys. There is much blamed placed on
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“You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know How soon it will be too late.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson

I came across some quotes on kindness.  One made me think of the importance of “keeping our cool” when our patience are fraying. “When kindness has left people even for a few moments, we become afraid of them, as if their reason had left them.” -Willa Cather (1800s novelist…had to look that up) We always want our children to feel we are on their side.
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Don’t Tantrum Over Tantrums

Don’t Tantrum Over Tantrums We all know the feeling that could trigger a tantrum: Losing a call after 100 prompts, 15 minutes of waiting and never talking to a person is one of mine!  Fortunately, we all learn over time that although it may give us some release, a tantrum isn’t an option-well, most of us know that! Recently I overheard Ms Maria ask
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Reduce Stress with a smile :)

  Reduce Stress with a smile 🙂 One interesting research on the benefits of smiling discovered it has the same effect as eating 2000 chocolate bars. (Now that’s got to be good for you!)   I have worked with children for over twenty-five years, and my dealings with them continue to evolve.  Helping children interact with each other in a way that brings satisfaction to
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“Sanity and happiness are an impossible combination.” — Mark Twain

Having four kids (five and under) is a like a wild roller coaster ride:  there is no time to think about what’s coming next, you are surprised at every turn no matter how many times you’ve been on the ride, and you are grateful for those moments where the ride slows down – and you get to make sure your keys are still in
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Only in growth, reform, and change, paradoxically enough, is true security to be found. Anne Morrow Lindbergh

I thought this would be a good month to discuss change. Transitioning from a long winter to a budding spring is a wonderful reminder that change and growth is constant.  As parents, we are reminded of this rapid change in the many sweet moments:  “Those pants fit yesterday!”  Did my 4 year old just say, “That’s awkward?” “I will do it myself.”  “Wow, there
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“If you bungle raising your children, I don’t think that whatever you do well will matter very much.” – Jacqueline Kennedy Onasis

You could learn what Ric Elias learned while he thought he was going to die as his plane was heading towards the Hudson River by just watching his 5 minute lecture: http://www.clicker.com/web/ted-talks/ric-elias–3-things-i-learned-while-my-plane-crashed-1639391/


Get Out!

Spring is here. Ms. Maria and I often reminisce about our childhood.  Just this week she shared her favorite play was making mud pies with tin pans in her yard.  A fond memory for me was how I spent hours in a tree that in my imagination was a house, with each branch being a room. As adults, many of us have fond memories
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From Ms. Carol

Dear Friends, For those of you following our parenting tips on our web site parenting column, I wanted to let you know we are welcoming Laurie Arias to the Kids Club House Blog. Laurie is currently the mother of 4 children under 6.  Two of her children are currently students at Kids Club House. Laurie has just joined the Kids Club House family as
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