Category Archives: ACA Blog


6 Mealtime Snacks For Picky Eaters


Man cannot live on bread alone, but many a toddler, it seems, lives on chicken nuggets, sliced hot dogs, and macaroni and cheese (as long as it comes from the blue box.) As a parent of a picky eater, you face thrice-daily battles as well as constant worry-guilt that your child isn’t getting the nutrients […]

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5 Ninja Mind Skills To Outwit The Defiant Child


Parenthood can sometimes feel like an emotional battlefield, especially when you find yourself toe-to-toe with two-and-a-half-feet of antagonistic toddler. With your determination weakened by the constant sound of NO NO NO, it’s tempting to give in just this one time for a moment of peace. But that path teaches your toddler that his unruly behavior […]

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What To Do When Your Toddler Sticks To You Like Glue


When your baby is hanging on to you for dear life, your toddler is wrapped around your leg like an anaconda, or you find yourself closing the bathroom door on a hysterical preschooler for a moment of necessary privacy, it may be hard to believe that your children’s behaviors are normal. But separation anxiety is […]

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5 Ways To Nurture A Child’s Curiosity


In this era of high-stakes testing and rigorous classroom rubrics, it may seem to many parents that in the effort to meet short-term goals, some educational efforts focus on academics and neglect the greater purpose of primary school education: To prepare children for a lifetime of learning. Here are five ways the Montessori Method is […]

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Becoming A Big Boy: Transitioning To First Grade


Your graduating kindergartener probably takes pride in the fact that he’ll be joining the Big Kid’s school soon. Maybe he even looks forward to the new teacher and classroom. After all, despite the advent of more rigorous academic expectations, up until now his school experience has involved reading circles, collaborative play, holiday celebrations, and low-stress, […]

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How To Stop Your Preschooler From Driving You Crazy


As a parent, you probably braced yourself for the terrible twos, but did anyone warn you about the dreadful threes, furious fours, and fitful fives? During these years, you may find yourself at a neighborhood birthday party while your child throws a sprawl-on-the-floor tantrum. You may find yourself shopping to the atonal music of a […]

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The Kindergarten Conundrum: Is My Child Ready?


It’s likely that your memories of kindergarten consist of learning letters, numbers, colors, and how to sit quietly on a rug during story time. But with the advent of more rigorous academic standards, including the Common Core State Standards Initiative, the modern kindergarten curriculum now reflects the fact that academic testing begins as early as […]

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6 Steps To Teaching A Child Impulse Control


Back in the 1960s, a professor at Stanford University conducted an experiment on impulsivity at a local nursery school. Left in a room with a single marshmallow, the children were told they could eat the treat immediately, but if they waited twenty minutes, they’d receive two treats. When the professor followed up decades later, he […]

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How To Talk To Your Preschooler About Death


A child’s pet is often her first and dearest friend. After years of running in the backyard with a puppy, sleeping with a cat at the end of the bed, or feeding a treasured goldfish, a preschooler will likely be flummoxed and overwhelmed by the loss of her companion. Where did Rover go? When is […]

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Growing Geniuses: 7 Simple Ways To Nurture Your Child’s Intelligence


It’s a mad, mad world out there, and it’s getting more competitive every day. Every parent aspires to give their children that certain edge so that they’ll succeed in society, school, and ultimately in all aspects of their lives. Fortunately, most of the factors that influence a child’s intellectual and social development don’t depend on […]

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