Parenting Pearls

~ our family flying in a rocket ship past a rainbow

My girls are in pre-kindergarten and this past week we had our first parent-teacher conference. Lucky for us the girls are doing well and are on track for starting kindergarten in the fall… yay! Their teacher is a veteran preschool teacher with decades of experience, so we asked her for advice/tips on what we could do as parents to help our girls at home. She shared several tips with us that she encourages all parents to consider, and I thought I would share them here on the blog for those of you who also have little ones in your life:

1. Let your kids take baths as opposed to showers. Warm baths with extra time for water play is relaxing and gives kids a much needed chance to unwind.

2. Let your kids see you reading regularly, and if appropriate, share what you are reading with them. It’s important for kids to view reading not as work, but as something enjoyable and fun for people of all ages.

3. Encourage kids to help with cleaning up/chores by telling them that if everyone helps, there will be extra time to play a game or read a story. Kids value time spent with parents more than anything.

4. Limit screen time, and be aware of what your kids are watching and/or what video games they are playing.

Happy monday! 🙂


  1. Great, simple ideas! I’m going to share these with the parents who follow me on Facebook. I like the idea of instituting a few easy ways to create a happier environment for kiddos.

    1. Hi Joy! I’m so glad you’re going to share these! The girls’ preschool teacher is really wonderful… I’m so glad they have the opportunity to learn from her. 🙂

  2. Wonderful tips! Growing up I always preferred baths to showers, and wish I still had time to take a bath daily – so relaxing and truly refreshing.

    Happy Monday Steph! 🙂

    1. Hi Jen! Eight months is a fun age… so much growth/change from week to week. I can hardly believe my girls will be in kindergarten next year… they grow up so quickly!

  3. Great tips – I love parent/teacher conference b/c I always end up learning so much! My daughter is starting kindergarten in the fall – it feels so grown up, doesn’t it?

  4. Gosh that pic is just the cutest. I never knew you were astronauts too!! 😉

    I have to agree with the reading. My mom always took us to the library and it was just to hang out and just for fun. I have such great memories of that. It’s why I was a total bookworm for the longest time. Now, I guess I’m a ‘blog’worm. 😉

  5. Aw, what a cute drawing!!! These are great tips! I didn’t think pre-K were ready for showers anyways ;). As for the reading in front of your kids, great idea! And we are starting to “make” J clean up after meals, though he really likes to do it and put things in the dishwasher. It’s great to make it fun!

    1. Thanks, Lisa! That’s great that J enjoys helping! We’ve been encouraging the girls to help with laundry too… one of them really loves to match up the socks. 🙂

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