3 tips for soothing your child’s fears

3 tips for soothing your child’s fears

Sometimes, children are scared of things that actually represent no threat whatsoever, like the dark or loud noises like thunder. This is because they are voraciously consuming information about the world around them all day long, and making internal connections...
Do more for your child by doing a bit less

Do more for your child by doing a bit less

At Brightling Childcare Academy, we see parents every day who are somehow managing to keep careers moving forward, children’s educations building, extended family’s needs met, and every minute packed with valuable developmental opportunities. Many are...
THREE ways to celebrate the school year

THREE ways to celebrate the school year

Our little elementary school learners have sure been building resilience in the last year and a bit. While younger children may not even really be aware of how different our lifestyles have been recently, many elementary schoolers do remember life before COVID –...
You’re not perfect? That’s perfect!

You’re not perfect? That’s perfect!

… and openly admitting it is a tremendous gift you can give yourself AND your children. We all know people who refuse to admit to mistakes or to apologize when they should. Those characteristics don’t help them at all: the objective is to seem infallible,...
What’s your child’s love language?

What’s your child’s love language?

The Beatles said it, so it must be true: “all you need is love.” But did you know researchers including Gary Chapman and Dr. Ross Campbell have identified five different “languages” humans use to express their love? As parents, many of us...
Deeper family connections through creativity

Deeper family connections through creativity

Child psychologists and early childhood educators agree on the tremendous value of creative development as a foundation for cognitive development, problem-solving, math and science skills, language development, the ability to think in the abstract, self-confidence,...