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Four Helpful Steps on How to Stop Toddler Tantrums

Nov 19, 2019, 7:00:00 AM / by Marnie Forestieri posted in Conflict Resolution, Parenting, Tantrums


My son had just one issue with group games - he had to be the winner! If someone was faster in a race or had more painting skills (a great mystery in his mind), the following sequence of events would follow:

  • He would cry, throw himself on the floor, cry again, repeat.

There were times when I wanted to ask the people around me if someone knew that child to avoid the shame, but it was obvious I was the mom.

What was worrisome was that he seemed to get better at tantrums each time. The more I acknowledged his feelings and the situation, the more he would cry.

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This is the Secret to Raising Empowered Learners

Nov 12, 2019, 6:00:00 AM / by Marnie Forestieri posted in Parenting, Empowering Learners


You bring your defenseless baby back home. The smell, the smiles, the noise, and the excitement makes up for the long sleepless nights! And in a blink of an eye your little one transforms into an active toddler, then a persistent preschooler, and ends up becoming a challenging teenager.

Some of us enjoy the experience so much that we try it again and again just to realize that it doesn't get easier.

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Dealing with Change: Here's How to Help Your Preschooler

Nov 5, 2019, 7:05:27 PM / by Marnie Forestieri posted in Parenting


The children were only one and four years old when we suddenly had to move. The reality is that I wasn’t that excited about the change but I was determined to teach my children that change was as an opportunity for growth.

Since we were moving out of town, I decided to do it “in style.” Even though we only lived in the small neighborhood for less than two years, we had already made so many friends and loved our community.

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What is Included in a STEM / STEAM Program?

Oct 29, 2019, 7:00:00 AM / by Marnie Forestieri posted in STEM / STEAM


Ten years ago, the word STEM (which stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) in education was beginning to sound like the flavor of the month. Some childcare business leaders predicted that it was just a buzz word like many others that would disappear in a few years.

Yet, the acronym STEM is here to change the landscape of childcare as standardize testing, such as the PISA scores, began to reflect that American students need support in math and science to remain competitive in the global economy.

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Newborn in the House? Get Ready for Some Toddler Drama!

Oct 22, 2019, 1:37:47 PM / by Marnie Forestieri posted in Toddler, Parenting


He seemed happy in the picture next to his newly born baby sister. But that was not the reality. The truth is, it took my 2-year old son a long time to come to peace with the new intruder in the house.

The moment we brought baby Valerie back from the hospital, that's when the newborn toddler drama began.

I didn't get it. I had done everything to prepare my toddler for the arrival of the baby.

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How to Keep Your Composure During a Toddler Tantrum

Oct 15, 2019, 8:00:00 PM / by Marnie Forestieri posted in Conflict Resolution, Parenting


I once heard a wonderful story of a parent shopping for groceries in a supermarket. The child kept throwing tantrums during the entire shopping experience. But the parent kept repeating the phrase “Chris, you are safe” and with a very calm-manner reassured the child “we are almost done.”

The same type of episode repeated in every aisle but he kept on repeating the same answer. “Chris, you are safe”.

Impressed, another parent in the store followed them. “Excuse me, sir,” he interrupted. I couldn’t avoid noticing your calm ways in answering your child. How do you do it? Stay so calmed?

Surprised he revealed his secret. “You don’t understand, I am Chris.”

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The Kumon Dropouts: Using Maker-Centered Education to Help Your Child Discover Their Interests

Oct 9, 2019, 2:27:33 PM / by Marnie Forestieri posted in Toddler


When my children were growing up, I was a helicopter mom. I had the best intentions at heart. (I just wanted them to be successful and get into the best schools.)

During a school event, I overheard some of the moms talk about how math and STEAM  (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) careers could give children a competitive advantage.

Like the rest of the moms, I enrolled my children in Kumon, the tutoring center that helps children improve in their math and English skills.

However, if I had the chance to give any advice to my younger version, I would probably have done things differently, as they were not really struggling in school.

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Outdoor STEAM Expeditions: Leaf Sorting

Sep 26, 2019, 7:50:00 PM / by Marnie Forestieri posted in STEAM Expeditions


Young children are fascinated by nature. Take your child on an outdoor adventure to find out the job of a leaf. During the expedition you can gather leaves of different shapes and sizes.

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Strategies on How to Survive Your Toddler's Power Struggles

Sep 20, 2019, 11:02:00 AM / by Marnie Forestieri posted in Toddler


I remember when my son turned two, his temperament and strong will started to emerge. Dressing became a daily struggle; he imposed his sense of fashion early in his life by choosing to wear pajamas or imposing his will to wear a swimsuit to preschool.

What a stressful time!

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Maker Moments: Magnetic Powered Car

Sep 20, 2019, 8:01:00 AM / by Marnie Forestieri posted in Maker Moments


Making is learning. At the end of this activity, your child will gain an understanding of magnets, a piece of materials that attracts other metals.

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