Building Blocks of Learning

by Dana Smith Bader
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As my children played and grew, I think I built over 100 tumbling towers, brick buildings, basic bridges, and fighting forts. We had one large tub of Lego, but it lasted through three children and countless hours of building fun. When my girls were really young, sometimes we would just ‘dump out the blocks’ and ‘toss them back into the tub,’ and that two-step activity alone was engaging. Once we moved on to actually building things, our imaginations opened to a whole new world of construction projects, and we built a foundation of learning block by block.

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Weaning with Wisdom

by Dana Smith Bader
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When my eldest daughter was ready for weaning, the process of introducing her to solid foods, I had no idea what to do, I started too early, and I made an absolute mess of the process. In fact, I’m convinced that mistakes I made in the weaning process impacted her early eating habits and even affected how she ate as a toddler and later as a teen.

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To Compete or Not to Compete?

by Dana Smith Bader
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 We can all agree that sports, or at least exercise, is good for our kids. Making sure children have a dedicated time when they are active, exercising, and, preferably, enjoying being outdoors is essential to keeping them healthy. By taking part in weekly sports classes or team sports children can be active with expert coaching to ensure they are engaging in the right kind of exercise for their age group. They can even develop essential social skills by regularly interacting with their teammates. However, the one drawback is whether or not they can deal with the competition. To compete or not to compete, really is the question.

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