UNC Medical Center at Chapel Hill | Loft & Learn Recovery

We can’t thank the amazing Doctors and staff enough at the UNC Medical Center at Chapel Hill, NC. The entire UNC system, pediatrician, ortho and nursing staff were a pleasure to deal with. Helping Diagnose and treat Ace from the pain in his foot has been a huge relief and blessing for us. Thanks Team!

Auntie Mern Suggested Reading Selections | Kiddie Book Club

Reading Is Fundamental!

 

It is important to include books of struggle, diversity and overcoming obstacles from every background in your children’s personal library. Thank you Auntie Mern for sharing these important books of History.

 

 

Encouraging Children’s Interests! | Loft & Learn Thought of the Day

 

I am so proud of Ace taking the initiative and researching online ways to teach yourself to draw. He found a way to help him draw super hero characters’ which he is fascinated with. It was so inspiring and surprising to see him dedicate such a great deal of time to researching and then practicing the skill until finally he was pleased with an amazing result.

I have to say not just as a proud mama, that I was pretty darn impressed myself. It is so interesting to discover along with your child what their interests and passions are. I never knew that he liked to draw until this moment! Wow, I suppose just exposing our boys to different things and sitting back and observing what they take to is the key.

His little face just lit up as he saw my glee and appreciation of his fine work. I could tell that he was extremely impressed with his hard work. Everyone needs to feel celebrated for their efforts, especially when they produce a pretty cool result.

Although Motherhood has its obvious challenges, the moments like these make the sleepless nights pale in comparison. Being a mommy rocks!!! Great Job Ace.

It’s Library Time | Reading Is Fun

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Take advantage of your local library!!!

 

 

 

There’s no better way to get your kids out of the house when you’re on a budget than to head to your local library. It’s about more than just checking out some new books to read together. Today’s libraries offer a world of fun with their free membership.

1. Free Books

Obviously, the most well-known benefit of joining the library is that you and your children are able to read books for free. This means that you’ll never have a stack of books your child is bored with, and your child will be exposed to many different books about all different subjects. And you won’t have to open your wallet.

2. Reading Programs

Many local libraries offer help story-time with including online read-along programs in addition to reading lists for every age, online tutors, and research databases.

3. Free Programs

Most of today’s libraries offer free musical programs, story times and craft hours for children. It’s a great way to get out of the house and have some fun together. Plus your child’s brain will be boosted by the exposure to music, reading, and crafts.

4. Play Areas

If you have children of various ages, you won’t have to worry about keeping the little one entertained while the older one checks out some books or visits story time. There is likely a play area in the children’s section with fun toys to keep your toddler occupied.

5. New Friends

When you visit the local library, you’re likely to meet other parents, which opens the door to making new friends for both you and your children.

6. Discounts at Other Local Spots

Local libraries often offer members discounted visits to local museums, aquariums, and other fun spots for families. All you have to do is ask at the front desk and you can sign out a discount card to take with you to the local children’s museum.

7. eBooks

Libraries have entered the digital age. You can borrow eBooks without even leaving your home with a virtual library that can be accessed from anywhere.

Libraries are one of the best resources a town has to offer. If you haven’t taken advantage of the benefits of having a membership, now is the time. Plus, your child will feel so grown up with her own library card.

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Fun Day On Campus! | University of South Carolina

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What a fun day we had touring the University of South Carolina in Columbia. It’s important to us to expose our boys to museums, parks, and many other educational outlets, but none as important than higher education. We often like to visit college campuses during our travels subconsciously introducing them to life on campus.

I believe exposing them to this type of diverse environment at an early age,plants seeds of what life will be like for them down the road. Watching kids reading out on the lawn while catching sun,  where others are gathered in discussion nearby, or a group gathered for fun sports shows them just a peak of the many great benefits and joys of higher education aside from the obvious. We had a picnic and a ball on campus!!!

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The Importance of Nap Time | Parenting Tips

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Napping is an important part of your toddler’s day as well as yours. Your child needs to recharge and reboot or everyone will suffer the consequences. And you count on nap time to get the things done you need to do. But why are naps so critical to youngsters, and when do they outgrow the need? How can you make sure naps don’t interfere with your tot getting a good night’s sleep.

These are questions that plague many parents with young ones with lot’s of energy and stubborn minds. While as adults we know enough to lay down when we are tired (when possible) but for toddlers and young growing minds they often insist they are not tired or sleepy leading to a state of crankiness and lack of good nightly sleep. It is crucial for them to get into a daily routine that allows them time to shut things out, close their eyes and regroup.

Often times a well rested child is a more pleasant child that is more susceptible to learning, cooperating at the dinner table, and sleeping through the night. So create a nice, calming nap environment and relish in the quite time!

Happy Napping

 

More Fun With Leap TV | Educational Gaming System

Leap TV Educational Gaming System

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Can’t say enough about the leap tv system we have. Ace and Kingston play effortlessly while learning with cool educational games they can relate to.

Introducing Your Toddler To Sports | It’s Time For Golf!!!

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Kingston was determined not to let his big brother Ace enjoy all of the spring sports fun with baseball . So he is learning to play Golf…

There are many parents on the fence in regard to deciding whether or not their toddler is ready for a sports program. Ultimately, only you can make that choice, but keep in mind that leading your child to healthy and useful activities at a young age may spark enough interest and curiosity to keep them going in the activity for a long time.

When you look at your 2 year old, it is obvious that they probably do not have the large motor skills to consistently make a basket, hit a ball, score a goal, or become an All-Star MVP. But what they do have is the desire to have fun. Some toddlers may not be as social as others and will feel intimidated by playing a team sport at this age. Others may love to play with kids their age and feel totally at home running on a field with a bunch of other toddlers. For this reason, it is important to choose wisely in regards to their sensibilities. There is no need to push a toddler into sports if they are not interested.

For those kids that do want to be involved in sports, keep a very open mind. The object of any sports function for this age group is to help them develop key social skills like sharing, taking turns, and sportsmanship. They are also learning to follow directions, although you will find that most may, at any moment, run the wrong way or score a goal for the opposite team. No matter how they perform, as long as they are enjoying themselves and feeling like a small part of a larger whole, the sports endeavor is successful.

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