Dream Big, Start Small: 5 Ways to Encourage Your Child to Think About Their Future

In a year that has been full of uncertainty, thinking about the future can feel…just plain weird. But research on children who have experienced traumatic events like disasters has shown that “encouraging children to have a positive future orientation can buffer against possible trauma,” says Michael Ungar, a family therapist with a doctorate in social… Read more »

Family Chore Chart (Printable)

Kids learn by example. Print off a sheet for each family member and make this an activity you can all do together. List the household chores, routine items, tasks, or everyday responsibilities that each person is responsible for. Your lists should include at least 2-3 tasks and 1 -2 activities that the family can do… Read more »

Healthy Eating & Hydration Chart (Printable)

Eating healthy and staying hydrated is important because it supports healthy habits, keeps their bodies energized, and helps them grow! But, often, your child doesn’t make it easy. Some ideas to consider: Trying new foods can be a challenge. Have your child pick out one “new” fruit or veggie each week. Does your child dislike… Read more »

Practicing Kindness (Printable)

The world needs more kindness. Learning how to be kind to others starts at an early age. The benefits of teaching kindness to your child will help them grow into happy, well-rounded kids with a greater sense of belonging, positive self-esteem, compassion for others, and many other things. And, the rest of us could use… Read more »

5 Steps to Check Your Child’s Alfond Grant Value

Did you know that if your child was born a Maine resident on or after January 1, 2013, they’ve been awarded a $500 Alfond Grant? The funds from this grant go towards supporting their future education. It’s never too early to start planning for your child’s bright future. Parents whose child has an Alfond Grant… Read more »

#DreamBigStartSmall What Will Your Kid(s) Say About Their Future?

Kids say the darndest things. We encourage you to talk with your kids about their future whenever you are able. This exercise is fun and can be a great way to get your kid(s) thinking about their future. As your child grows and learns, follow up with this series of questions to see how their… Read more »

#DreamBigStartSmall Photo Challenge

Contest has ended. Your child has a big future ahead of them, and we want to help you help them to #DreamBigStartSmall. Regardless of how your child’s school year is starting – at school, at home, or somewhere in between – this year will be a ride for everyone. Submit a back to school photo… Read more »

Do. Save. Learn. Tips for Parents with Children 8 to 10 Years

The teenager years are getting closer and your child is asserting their independence and personality as they explore the world. Having social connections to kids their age is important and especially challenging as we navigate a COVID-19 impacted reality. As adults, we’re struggling with these changes and know our kids are, too. Check out KidsHealth… Read more »

Do. Save. Learn. Tips for Parents with Children 5 to 7 Years Old

At this age, you know that your child is a sponge and taking in everything around them. What your kids don’t know is that raising a child during a pandemic is a bit overwhelming  – we want you to know that we’re in this together! Check out KidsHealth for tips to talk to your child… Read more »

Do. Save. Learn. Tips for Parents with Children 3 to 5 Years Old

We’re all adapting to living in a “new” normal and this can be especially hard on kids. Parents play an important role in helping children make sense of what is going on around them. While not all information is appropriate to share, it’s a great time to sit down and talk with your child. Find… Read more »