All posts tagged: morning routine

Mom and Speech-language pathologist talks about how you can make the most of the morning routine with your kids, speech devlopment, more

By Leslie Lindsay  Super-cute board book for use with toddlers in a home or clinic setting to help with early language development, plus kids will delight in the lift-the-flap feature. ~Books on Monday, Part 2|Always with a Book~ Last week, we chatted with Dr. T. about her hands-on, practical, and FUN board book for kids–and their caregivers to read and manipulate. Today, she presents some fab ways to use your morning routine to increase your child’s language skills. I love these ideas because they are accessible, plus children will delight in collaborating with you. The key here is to make it feel natural, as if it’s part of your normal day-to-day routine, not a ‘sit and learn’ or another ‘chore’ on your to-do list. Kids are smart, they pick up on this stuff. Best to ‘sneak it in’ in a way that makes it feel like fun and play.  5 ways to use your morning routine to increase your toddler’s language skills by Tinita Kearney, Ph.D., CCC-SLP As a wife, mother of two children under …

The Teacher is Talking Tuesday: Back at it….

By Leslie Lindsay If you are like me, you sent your little nuggets back to school after winter break this morning.  Was it a welcome relief?  Did you sit in peace and quiet cradling your mug of coffee or tea while you stared out the kitchen window wondering what on earth you’d do while your little cherubs were off at school all day? Ah, but if you are like me you have about 501-million things you want to do.  Or need to do.  (Alas, I am not completely alone as I have the endearing company of an almost-5 year old redhead girl and a 10 year old basset at my feet).  There is no wondering about what to do today.  We are back at it…back to routine, back to school, back to structure and I must say, I am glad to be back. Even my 1st grader was ready.  When the second episode of “Curious George” popped on around 8:10am, she hurried me along (for a change), “C’mon, mom!  It’s the second episode.  Hustle!”   Okay, okay…I had …

In My Brain Today: I hate the morning routine

By Leslie Lindsay Like most harried parents, I hate the morning routine.  I didn’t think I would be in that group.  I used to think, “Oh, what’s the big deal?  Plan ahead, manage your kids, stay organized…how hard can it be, really?”  But that was B.K.  (“before kids”).  And now…well, let’s just say, “Me no like.” Here’s how it works at our house:  I hear my darling cherubs wake at the butt-crack-of-dawn (well, usually it’s Kid #1 who has ADHD and apraxia).  She heads downstairs for her early-morning cartoon time, yogurt, and general goof-off time.  Stools scoot across the kitchen floor with a lovely schreech and clunk (looking for any peanut butter cups or Oreos she can get her hands on).  Awhile later, Kid #2 rolls out of bed and takes care of her Pull-Up situation (she’s the resposible one) and is completely mouse-like in her movements. I lay in bed thinking, “Oh man…here we go.  Another day in paradise.”  Meanwhile, I am hoping that the girls remembered the talk we had last night–the talk …