Travel in Blackwood, NJ

What are the benefits of art projects for kids? How do parents nurture creativity and brain development through art? Get parenting tips and resources here!

How children learn best is not always a fit with teaching methods. Dr. Joanne Foster offers advice to parents who want to support their child's learning.

While the frenzy has died down considerably, it felt like the whole world was talking about Netflix’s Tidying Up with Marie Kondo series when it debuted in January 2019. The show follows Kondo as s

After a global pandemic transformed millions of humans into Freakers, Deacon St. John is embattled in what seems to be a never-ending fight to stay alive.

By The Goddard School • April 7th, 2019
Slime can be a great teaching tool that incorporates STEAM learning. Help your children learn about science by creating slime with them. Use technology to research slime recipes, and use math to measure out ingredients
Try this recipe for making slime, and then use the slime for the fun activities below.
Use slime to teach your children about shapes. You can create more than one batch of slime. Use one batch to demonstrate things to…

You already know candy and juice cause cavities, but the seemingly innocuous snacks on this list are pretty shocking.

For World Poetry Day, see these quotes from famous poets about motherhood, family and children.

By The Goddard School • January 5th, 2019
Your local park can be a magical winter wonderland that is perfect for playful learning. Create a scavenger hunt for your family to enjoy while exploring nature. You may decide to separate into teams and see how many items you can each check off before your opponents.
Here are some ideas to get you started:
Animal tracks;
Human footprints;
A tree with no leaves;
Something green;
A bird;

By The Goddard School • August 15th, 2013
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Infants and toddlers are like wobbly ninjas, focused maniacally on tasting and mouthing items from coins to blocks to the odd flotsam and jetsam that lives on living room floors. Parents know to beware, to police an area well…as you never know what they’ll pop in their mouth next. Infant and toddler oral fixation is…

Siblings of children with special needs struggle with things every day, and here are some ideas about how to help them keep their balance (not to mention yours)

Sometimes the best breastfeeding advice comes from fellow lady friends who've been there. Here are 9 tips from nursing moms.

Simple, play-based activities you can do with your infant to help him or her develop motor and learning skills

By The Goddard School • November 19th, 2014
Are you stuck inside because of the freezing temperatures or the rain? Take a step back from the TV, tablet or video game, and shake up your normal routine. When the weather prevents your children from playing outside, provide them with challenging activities and active games
Have a Board Game Competition.
Hold a board game competition in your living or family room. Spend the day playing different games. You can even compete for prizes.
Create…

By The Goddard School • December 4th, 2018
These quick and easy ideas will make moving your Elf so much easier every night
It’s Elf on the Shelf season again, otherwise known as the time of year when parents everywhere scramble to move the doll before their kids wake up. We don’t blame you if you opt out, or just hide him in the fridge for the 14th time. But if you want to step up your game this year and surprise your…

By The Goddard School • November 29th, 2018
It’s easy to get lazy on weeknights, especially when the mere thought of cooking an entire dinner is exhausting. That’s where these five one-pan meals come in. Just assemble all of the ingredients on a single baking sheet and pop it in the oven. Because a no fuss, no mess dinner is exactly what you need right now
Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell
Sausage with Broccoli Rabe and White Beans
An instant dinner with almost…

By The Goddard School • November 12th, 2018
Kids will love preparing these foods as much as they will eating them
Getting your kids to eat healthy can be tricky. Which is why Shannon Seip and Kelly Parthen, the duo behind Bean Sprouts Cafe , created playful and imaginative meals that get children excited about eating healthy. In their new cookbook Bean Sprouts Kitchen , Shannon and Kelly share 60 recipes the whole family can prepare and enjoy together. Bean Sprouts Kitchen comes…

By The Goddard School • May 10th, 2010
Nutrition comes in many shapes and sizes – and not all of them are solid. A fruit shake is a refreshing way to start your child’s day. Choose your child’s favorite fruits or try a new one from time to time. Add a piece of whole grain toast – and maybe a little peanut butter – and you have a balanced breakfast alternative. Cut and freeze fruits ahead of time to make this breakfast as…

From bathing and hand washing to hair and tooth care, learn how to instill healthy habits and teach your children the importance of good personal hygiene.

These more than 25 Thanksgiving activities for toddlers will keep little hands busy and out of trouble during the holiday season.

Despite that importance of limits, parents sometimes have trouble setting and maintaining them. Part of the problem stems, no doubt, from the changes in today's family structures and lifestyles. Here are some common issues:

By The Goddard School • October 1st, 2018
Even though this article was originally written with working mothers in mind, this is great information for all parents
It might seem crazy, but it’s totally worth it.
It’s 7 p.m. on a Wednesday night, and my phone rings. I interrupt my midweek recap with my assistant and best friend, Erin, to take the call. We’ve closed on 12 homes this month, and I have the late-night call log to prove it. This is my…

We’ve been told our little boys are naturally more active and aggressive, our girls innately more caring and cooperative—but some experts beg to differ.

By The Goddard School • June 7th, 2018
These simple activities can improve your child’s intellectual development
Setting children up for intellectual success later in life is high on the list of concerns for many parents, but amidst the everyday pressures of parenting , broad goals like “ making your child smarter ” can feel overwhelming and impractical. Fortunately, encouraging cognitive development doesn’t have to be…

In our increasingly technological world, devices are here to stay. Set boundaries and limits now so devices become teaching tools instead of detracting from

By The Goddard School • May 25th, 2018
It can help them build up their own self-esteem and self-worth
Mentors and role models , we all know, serve great value in our lives. They teach, inspire, excite and support us.
Sometimes, however, our culture’s obsession with celebrity and wealth can create an environment where children are choosing their heroes or role models based on status or power.
That’s why I wrote a book to help children identify positive role models who will empower…

Ideas and resources for having a royal tea party with kids - even babies; food preparations, items used for the tea party, grace and courtesy lessons emphasized

By The Goddard School • May 14th, 2018
As a kid, the idea of the tooth fairy can be magical, fun, even thrilling. As a parent, it can be anything but
If you have ever freaked out after hearing how much money that fluttering creature brings your kid’s toothless friends, have woken up in the morning panicked because you realized you forgot to shimmy some money under your child’s pillow, or have just gotten downright frustrated with the tooth fairy, you’re not alone.…

Fatherhood is a profound, wonderful journey full of moments that you will cherish for a lifetime. Here are five tips for dads who are new to the experience.

By The Goddard School • May 10th, 2018
It’s easy to conclude that people generally suck. Don’t they, though? There’s the driver who cut you off, the lady who appears out of nowhere to swipe the last Costco sample off the tray when you’ve been waiting patiently in line, the “friend” who’s forgotten your birthday three years in a row. I get why we’d assume others just aren’t trying
But this, of course, is a damaging outlook to take. It closes us off…

The third critical emotional need of children is to feel accepted. Accepting children means listening to them, trying to understand them and accepting their

Create a Life that comes from the Heart by Mary Alice Long, PhD

You’ve probably heard by now – or perhaps you know first-hand – this year’s flu season is one [...]

Most of us know the tradition. On the second day of February, every year, we watch the beloved cuddly creature come out from its burrow and predict if spring is

How to work on vocabulary with a 5-year-old? 1. Read a ton together. Books use a larger variety of words than we tend to use in conversation. As you're reading, occasionally ask whether he understands. "What does the word ___ mean?" "Why did she just do that?" "What do you think might happen next?" "Remember that time when you did that same thing?" 2. Tell stories. Face-to-face interaction lights up the brain for learning language -- and may be more engaging to him…

“Long days, short years.” How true these words are for parents. Several years ago, a mom with college age children said those words to me, and they resonate

The third-generation Acura RDX Prototype will make its world debut at the 2018 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) on January 15 at 11:05 a.m. EST. Representing the most extensive Acura redesign in more than a decade, the new RDX is the first in a new generation of Acura products inspired by “Precision Crafted Performance” and signals the beginning of a new era for the luxury automaker.