Travel in Fairfield, NJ

The 500-mile Colorado Trail is one of the nation's premier long-distance hiking trail and runs from Denver to Durango. Hike the whole thing or take it in these suggested hiking-trail segments over mountains, lakes and towns.

By The Goddard School • March 27th, 2019
Anyone else’s home victim to a messy (albeit adorable) tornado of a child? Same. But today we’re here to remind you that you don’t have to sacrifice on style to master function. Take this apartment by designer Jess Gersten : While luxe and immaculate at first glance, every last decision was made with her tiny clients (a six-month-old boy and three-year-old girl) in mind. Lucky for you, we’re spilling her secret pro tips below
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By The Goddard School • January 4th, 2019
Part of being a good citizen is being open-minded regarding different types of people, cultures and customs. Here are five ways to encourage open-mindedness in children
Reading books that feature diverse groups of characters. The same goes for TV shows and movies. Simply reading about or watching people from various cultures interact can show a child that the…

Not sure what to pack your little one each day? Here are five easy lunches to help you out!

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 • September 25th, 2014
It’s been said that reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body. Reading strengthens children’s analytical thinking skills, improves their memories and expands their vocabulary. Reading is also an excellent way to reduce stress. But how do you raise a reader? Here’s how
1. Establish a story time. Ask your child to pick out a book and read it to him while he snuggles with you on the couch. Make time every…

With holiday meals soon to be in full swing, our younger diners may benefit from these simple tips for minding their manners when dining with others. •If the meal is not buffet style, wait until everyone has been seated and has their food before beginning to eat. •Place your napkin in your lap before beginning to eat and use it to dab your mouth, when necessary. •If you have to blow your nose or pick your teeth, excuse yourself to go to another…

'Other than chicken fingers, amusement parks and dirt, the one thing kids can never seem to get enough of is fun. Enjoy good, clean fun with this offer from FunTime Junction where you’ll get Family fun pack admission for 2 children, adult admission free, includes 1 helicopter ride, 1 round of laser tag and 5 FunCade credits for each child, a $40 value, yours for only $20. With winter upon us, your kiddos will once again try to convince you that the living…

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Putting your baby down to sleep when she shows signs of drowsiness, but is not yet asleep, will help her learn to fall asleep independently. This is

By Dr. Kyle Pruett • May 5th, 2010
Are you planning a summer vacation with your children? Young children are natural explorers and typically adore adventures. But they love them even more when they have been prepared for new experiences. Better-prepared kids are kids who cope better. Here are some suggestions to prepare your children – to get the most educationally and emotionally out of your adventures
Talk about where you are going and why.
Discuss how long you will be there and…

By newscred • May 23rd, 2018
There have been numerous research studies demonstrating that one of the most beneficial activities you can do with your children is consistently eating dinner together. The benefits of eating dinner together as a family are wide-ranging and important
Eating dinner together helps improve the vocabulary of young children because the children are exposed to a wider and more difficult set…

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

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 Sue Adair • October 1st, 2009
There comes a day when your child will ask to sleep over at a friend’s house for the very first time. Whether because of homesickness or fear of bedwetting, sleepovers can turn into a nerve-wracking experience for children. As parents, how can you prepare for your child’s first sleepover? What should you expect
Here are some helpful tips to guide parents and children through the first sleepover.
Start somewhere comfortable. Spending the night in a strange…

The Goddard School in Ponte Vedra Beach hosted a weeklong campaign last week to celebrate Earth Day.

hildproofing your home can be an overwhelming task. The most effective way to start is to evaluate your home, room by room, from your child’s perspective. If

“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

Get more school lunch ideas: bit.ly/foodkidslove & Recipe: www.laurafuentes.com/pizza-pasta-salad-recipe-lunch-idea/ This pizza pasta school lu...

Remember, sleep is very important for a growing child. If your child repeatedly gets up after you have tucked him in, calmly take his hand and return him to his

Excerpt from Me, Myself and I
Children have an innate appetite for music. Music is the superb para-language between emotion, expression, and imagination. Here in the musical world, feelings come together with play, movement, and memory in a way that is not ultimately dependent on language. And that is precisely why it is so indispensable to the young child across culture and class
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You can make music with just about anything found in your household. Adding a musically inclined environment to your child’s life offers extensive benefits for

What they know about helping kids behave and learn that you can use at home

By The Goddard School • July 16th, 2014
Summer is an awesome time of year. It’s full of family get-togethers, trips to the pool and vacations. With all that awesomeness, though, sometimes learning falls by the wayside. Research has shown that some children experience summer learning loss , also known as “summer slide” because their minds aren’t as engaged as they are during the school year. You can help to keep your child’s brain active and prevent summer slide with these five fun…

We spend countless hours as parents trying to make sure our kids are behaving, eating their dinner, and doing their homework. But how often do we take the time to focus on building their self-confidence? Here are 10 simple ways to do just that.

By The Goddard School • April 9th, 2014
Staying connected with family members who live in different parts of the country and different parts of the world is easier than ever, but young children often act shy when they are asked to come to the phone to say hello or to smile for the camera during a video call
We want to make these special times meaningful because young children benefit from their relationships with their extended family. Grandparents and other family members…

Children need to learn to manage negative emotions, and to do that, they need to experience them from time-to-time at manageable levels. The anxiety-free child