“What’s the Secret of Happiness?” by QACP Parent Educator, Kate Calhoun

George Vaillant was the psychologist presiding over the Harvard Study of Adult Development which followed research subjects for 75 years.  The study goal was to discover ‘What makes people happy?’  The only consistent finding was that successful friendships that connect family and friends are what predict people’s happiness as they make their way through theContinue reading ““What’s the Secret of Happiness?” by QACP Parent Educator, Kate Calhoun”

“Caught & Taught Behavior” by QACP Parent Educator, Kate Calhoun

  ‘TAUGHT’ Behavior – Creating Rules That Stick We can teach many things to children when we use simple, clear words to explain and enforce rules and guidelines.  With young children it’s best to choose only a few words to tell about the rules. Their attention span is short and they will not listen forContinue reading ““Caught & Taught Behavior” by QACP Parent Educator, Kate Calhoun”

“Letters From QACP Teachers: Linda Capps & Amy Wathey (May/June 2017)”

Dear Parents: Each year when May rolls around and we prepare for the spring pageant I am shocked that the year has disappeared so quickly.  I have had such wonderful classes this year, both children and parents, and I’m looking forward to so many of you sharing your children with me again next year. AsContinue reading ““Letters From QACP Teachers: Linda Capps & Amy Wathey (May/June 2017)””

“How Our Two-Year-Old is Learning to Read” by QACP Parent, Erika Brown (3.9.17)

Late in 2016, I decided that I would make teaching my daughter how to read a priority. By year’s end, I declared, she will be able to read short phrases and multiple sight words. Ambitious? Nah. I would use the methods my teachers used with me, which were also how I learned to teach readingContinue reading ““How Our Two-Year-Old is Learning to Read” by QACP Parent, Erika Brown (3.9.17)”

“Raising Happy and Responsible Children: Instincts, Foundations, & Guidelines” by QACP Parent Educator, Kate Calhoun

“The behavior you consistently surround your child with will profoundly influence how your child turns out.” “Most parenting successes are a result of what parents DO when emotions run hot and when things are difficult.  Actions speak louder than words.” “Brains are pre-loaded with an innate moral awareness. (Loyalty, justice, empathy, respect for authority, andContinue reading ““Raising Happy and Responsible Children: Instincts, Foundations, & Guidelines” by QACP Parent Educator, Kate Calhoun”

“Spring, Blossoms & Thoughts….” by QACP Parent, Nidhi Kirpal Jayadevan

A walk around the neighborhood with my preschooler the other day, was more eye opening than I had anticipated. As we stopped to look at cherry blossoms and marveled at the new spring flowers, I savored the deliciousness of being a child. I cherished, pausing and relishing his excitement. A bitter sweet feeling swept overContinue reading ““Spring, Blossoms & Thoughts….” by QACP Parent, Nidhi Kirpal Jayadevan”

“Cookie Conundrum,” by QACP Parent, Nidhi Kirpal Jayadevan

I’m famished, but I need to get out of the house. It’s my only window of opportunity to get some errands out of the way! I buckle up my toddler in his car seat, and as soon as I’m all set to zoom, what do I see? A gigantic sugar cookie lying carelessly and enticingly on the passengerContinue reading ““Cookie Conundrum,” by QACP Parent, Nidhi Kirpal Jayadevan”

“Cell-Free Days: A Lesson for Mama,” by QACP Parent, Nidhi Kirpal Jayadevan

It was one of those crazy mornings. Something that almost every parent can relate to – a late start, school drop off, rain, toddler in tow…. You get the drift! You’d also agree, that often, all this chaos culminates into a clumsy, yet clinical drop of a cell phone. A fall so strategic that yourContinue reading ““Cell-Free Days: A Lesson for Mama,” by QACP Parent, Nidhi Kirpal Jayadevan”

Complete Water Safety for Kids

Guest Blog Post by Alex Robbins of Safety Today Children love to spend hot summer days by the lake or the backyard pool. As a parent, it’s common to worry about the safety of your child. According to Injury Facts 2016, 3,391 drownings occurred in 2013. Twelve percent of those who drowned were children underContinue reading “Complete Water Safety for Kids”

Play Foam on the Plane: A Twos Class Travel Tip by Nidhi Kirpal Jayadevan

There’s something pretty awesome and intriguing about play-foam, or “floam” if you may. It is light, sticky and gooey in a weird way. Floam has this beady texture; plus it’s inexpensive and not messy. One of the things that I almost ALWAYS travel with when I’m on a plane is this ball of blue floam.Continue reading “Play Foam on the Plane: A Twos Class Travel Tip by Nidhi Kirpal Jayadevan”