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.

Hot Parenting Tip! | Why spending quality time with everyone in the family, One on One, is so important

Why spending quality time with everyone in the family,One on One, is so important.

Quality time with each child is crucial for a healthy family dynamic. And also encourages high self esteem. Everyone likes to shine in their own lane and many of us feel comfortable doing different things. It’s fun to know that someone takes an interest and joy out of what we like to do as well. Every child is an individual and has their own hobbies and interests, so we should also try to schedule alone time with each child. Bonding with each child separately can really help the bonding process and overall understanding of each other. I notice that Ace really enjoys creating stories, and  building things with his dad. Colin even tries to take at least one day out where he and Ace can go somewhere to eat. Even if it is a fast food meal, or playing sports in the park, it is time set aside just for the two of them to bond.

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Malaika & Ace

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Ace and I get a kick out of going to the movies together, just the two of us (We love the Avengers). No one gets in the way of a dance party Jam session with Kingston and I and we also like to read together. It is truly fun and liberating relating to them separately on this level. It brings out the kid in me and is so a cool way for me to understand my two amazing boys for who they truly are.



The Importance of Outdoor Winter Play! | Outdoor Activities

The Importance of Outdoor Winter Play!

Here’s a fantastic article from the National Wildlife Federation about making sure your kids are bundled up safely and the importance of going outside! Outdoor activity is vital for healthy childhood development, even in the winter. Just make sure your little one is properly clothed when enjoying the winter wonderland!


#winterfun #earlychilddevelopment #getoutside #outdoorfun #realsimple #decemberstrong #familyfun #morningslikethese


bundle up!
bundle up!


#nice and toasty
#nice and toasty






The Importance of Music Education | Early Childhood Development

Here are 10 great benefits of music education.

1. Early musical training helps develop brain areas involved in language and reasoning. It is thought that brain development continues for many years after birth. Recent studies have clearly indicated that musical training physically develops the part of the left side of the brain known to be involved with processing language, and can actually wire the brain’s circuits in specific ways.
2. There is also a causal link between music and spatial intelligence (the ability to perceive the world accurately and to form mental pictures of things). This kind of intelligence, by which one can visualize various elements that should go together, is critical to the sort of thinking necessary for everything from solving advanced mathematics problems to being able to pack a book-bag with everything that will be needed for the day.
3. Students of the arts learn to think creatively and to solve problems by imagining various solutions, rejecting outdated rules and assumptions. Questions about the arts do not have only one right answer.
4. Recent studies show that students who study the arts are more successful on standardized tests such as the SAT. They also achieve higher grades in high school.
5. A study of the arts provides children with an internal glimpse of other cultures and teaches them to be empathetic towards the people of these cultures. This development of compassion and empathy, as opposed to development of greed and a “me first” attitude, provides a bridge across cultural chasms that leads to respect of other races at an early age.
6. Students of music learn craftsmanship as they study how details are put together painstakingly and what constitutes good, as opposed to mediocre, work. These standards, when applied to a student’s own work, demand a new level of excellence and require students to stretch their inner resources.
7. Music study enhances teamwork skills and discipline. In order for an orchestra to sound good, all players must work together harmoniously towards a single goal, the performance, and must commit to learning music, attending rehearsals, and practicing.
8. Music provides children with a means of self-expression. Now that there is relative security in the basics of existence, the challenge is to make life meaningful and to reach for a higher stage of development. Everyone needs to be in touch at some time in his life with his core, with what he is and what he feels. Self-esteem is a by-product of this self-expression.
9. Music performance teaches young people to conquer fear and to take risks. A little anxiety is a good thing, and something that will occur often in life. Dealing with it early and often makes it less of a problem later. Risk-taking is essential if a child is to fully develop his or her potential. Music contributes to mental health and can help prevent risky behavior.
10. For me personally music class was a bit of a life line which made school more interesting and fun as well as gave me a confidence boost in my more difficult core classes.