Apr. 14, 2015 at 10:06am

Listening Mothers

Parenting an infant? Caring for such a young child is full of so many brand new experiences. Whether you are parenting your first child or not, making the adjustment is sometimes easy and sometimes not. When parenting stress is compounded by conflicting advice, lack of sleep, differences in opinion with your parenting partner, and a baby who can’t talk and who may be crying, crying, crying for some unknown reason, it is always helpful to establish your parenting priorities and your parenting compass to ease those difficult moments. By making the harder moments better, the bond between the parent and child grows stronger and those “falling in love” moments between parent and baby will happen more often.
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Apr. 1, 2015 at 11:13am

Listen to Me

Why Won't My Young Children Listen

When we were growing up parents used to say, “Obey Me!”

Now we tell children to listen:

“Get your shoes on.”

“Put your toys away.”

“Stop fighting with your sister/brother.”

“Eat your dinner.”

“Go to bed.”

When the telling is not effective, a parent might turn to pleading or demanding. The volume can go up. The emotions can escalate. Then, parenting frustration creeps in…


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Mar. 18, 2015 at 10:10am

The Smiles Have It!

Did you know healthy teeth contribute directly to your child’s overall health? That’s why the American Dental Association recommended every child see a dentist regularly beginning by age one! Healthy teeth and gums are both a result of and contributor to better nutrition in children. When a child has healthy teeth, they will be able to choose foods that are better for them, instead of just mashed potatoes, pudding and ice cream. Plus, when your child is in pain from oral health problems, it affects his/her ability to concentrate and affects school attendance. The University of Washington Center for Pediatric Dentistry (CPD), is ready to care for your child every day. 

Here are a few tips to help keep your child healthy:

1.        Brush twice a day, for two minutes each time

2.       Offer a healthy diet, rich in protein, fruits and veggies

3.       Floss between teeth

4.       Visit your dentist regularly

 


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Mar. 18, 2015 at 9:09am

Board Games That Build Math Skills!

Playing board games is not just a fun way to spend time together. Playing board games also helps kids (and adults!) build important skills. Games let kids practice social skills like taking turns and losing gracefully, strategic planning skills, communication skills, and more. Many board games are also big learning opportunities for math skills. Check out some of these fun picks for great mathematics skill building fun for the whole family!


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Mar. 11, 2015 at 11:26am

Get Creative: Sidewalk Art, It’s Not Just a Kid Thing!

Sidewalk art is a fun and creative way to make art while spending time outside. Sunny days in the Pacific Northwest are numbered and we want to be able to take advantage of them. Spring and Summer are great times for children to be able to build critical thinking skills and problem solving techniques, while doing something fun and engaging like making art. Here are some exciting ways to engage in the arts in an outdoor environment, and guess what, you too (parents) can get on your knees and join in the fun!


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Mar. 3, 2015 at 10:13am

Kindergarten Readiness – It’s not just ABCs and 123s!

Kindergarten readiness! It’s a concept at the forefront of the minds of many parents and caregivers. We play games to help our children learn letters, match colors, identify shapes, and count. But did you know that many of the most important skills required for success in Kindergarten are the “non-academic” ones? As Dr. Barbara Smith from the University of Colorado-Denver and Health Sciences Center describes, “Science has established a compelling link between social/emotional development and behavior and school success.”


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Feb. 23, 2015 at 2:06pm

Visiting an Art Museum with the Whole Family

Art museums can inspire wonder, foster creativity, build community, and provide a platform for dialog for visitors of all ages. Whether you've never been to a museum before or you’re a frequent visitor, below are some suggestions for before, during, and after your next museum adventure to help make it a fun and engaging experience for the whole family. 


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Feb. 6, 2015 at 2:56pm

Hands on History

Eastside Heritage Center provides hands-on history experiences as part of KidsQuest Children’s Museum’s $1 Third Thursdays every month from November through April. Make sure to also join us for our next few hands-on history programs, "The Log Cabin Experience" Thursday February 19th, and "Remembering the Past, Looking to the Future: Personal Time Capsules" on Thursday, March 19th. These programs are made possible through the support of 4Culture. 


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Jan. 28, 2015 at 12:39pm

The Power of Music in Language Learning and Literacy

If you've attended a library story time recently, you may notice that librarians do much more than read books out loud. Modern story times have music, singing, rhymes, and lots of movement!​ Music is a natural and fun way to take advantage of the power of rhyme, vocabulary, repetition, and rhythm to aid in language learning, and in so doing, getting ready to learn to read. And, busy parent note: music is also something you can easily fold into your day!


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Jan. 22, 2015 at 12:09pm

Tinkering Around

This funny word has been popping up in the museum world and exciting educators for a while now. It is exciting because it allows creativity and science to mix organically at any age. The definition of tinkering is, “to make small changes to something in order to improve or repair it” (MacMillan Dictionary). Tinkering creates wonderful learning opportunities as children engage in the work that is in front of them.

Tinkering allows for more than one right answer, generates new ideas, and requires a lot of hands on learning. Tinkering is about seeing how things work, using familiar objects in new ways, or building new things; these are all concepts that we LOVE here at KidsQuest Children’s Museum. 


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