Toddlers

Child Development: Play

Child Development: Play

Originally printed in the pages of Simply Family Magazine’s April 2017 issue. Never miss an issue, check out SFM’s digital editions, here!  by Hannah Luedt Over the last year, The Art of Play (605 North 24th St W #1) has been providing the community with child development experiences. Owners Jessica Tuck and Jennifer Owen,  share positive stories […]

Breaking up with the Binky: “It’s Not Me, It’s You”

Breaking up with the Binky: “It’s Not Me, It’s You”

Neither of my girls (now almost 4 and 2), were ever very interested in a pacifier. I am pretty sure we briefly used one at the hospital, and maybe for a couple of weeks after returning home (we have a small stash), but that was seriously it. So we never really had to deal with […]

Tips and tricks for taming the tantrum

Tips and tricks for taming the tantrum

Oh, the dreaded toddler tantrum. Bless our sweet little mama (and daddy) hearts. One minute little Johnny Junior is as happy as can be — and then in the blink of an eye, he’s on the floor howling and screaming and pounding his chubby little fists as if all you-know-what had broken loose. Because you […]

7 Tips for Hiking with a Toddler

7 Tips for Hiking with a Toddler

One of Montana’s greatest features is its breathtaking abundance of outdoor activity. As the weather turns warmer and drier, parents begin to seek refuge from the monotony of being cooped up indoors and children are desperate for sunshine and exploration. Hiking is a healthy, inexpensive, and convenient option for many families, even those with toddlers. […]

Parenting a Sneaky Toddler

Parenting a Sneaky Toddler

My adorable, precious little 3 year old daughter is the love of my life. She’s smart, funny, energetic, and a total kleptomaniac. We were  over at one of our friend’s house the other day, hanging out in their family room, which happens to be piled with three generations worth of toys. My kid entertains herself […]

How-To Host an Awesome Play Date

How-To Host an Awesome Play Date

“It’s never too early for a play date for a child, even an infant,” says Jenn Berman, PhD, author of The A to Z Guide to Raising Happy, Confident Kids. “Babies are fascinated by other babies, and any new stimulation is really good for brain development. Even looking at another child, touching hands, and just […]

Your child’s friendships: What to do when you don’t approve

Your child’s friendships: What to do when you don’t approve

As parents it seems that there’s nothing outside the scope of the worry-zone when it comes to our kids. We worry about their health, are they eating right (or are they going to turn into a chicken nugget); their safety, especially when they’re away from us; the kind of person they’re going to become…Which leads […]