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Each month, our Founder & President, Deborah Ellick shares her thoughts and insights on topics from early childhood education and our Purposeful Play philosophy.  She shares her own insights as well as research and advice from leading experts in the field.

  
 


 "Its too cold out today, can my child please stay indoors?" My response is if your child can not go outdoors, then you should stay home with your baby. 

Studies show the  importance of outdoor play, even in cold weather. The cold weather strengthens your...

December 1, 2019

Help Your Child Develop Early Math Skills

"What do you mean you are teaching my baby math?" If we give 20 tours a week, more than half will ask this question. Your children are learning math skills at home and as soon as they start at Sugar Plums.

"Before...

October 29, 2019

We all agree that there is nothing more adorable than an infant or toddler dressed up for their first Halloween. But Halloween can easily be an overwhelming holiday for the littlest trick-or-treaters. 

Go low-key on the costume

Yes, those elaborate costumes with a millio...

March 28, 2019

One of the most challenging jobs as a parent is to be firm, yet loving when disciplining our children. Children know when a parent “means business” vs. a “soft parent” who won’t stick to their own rules. I hope this article helps as your toddlers become pre-school age...

From Bottles to Cups. PLEASE HELP! 

Every few months I hear these questions, “When should I wean my baby from a bottle to a cup? There are so many sippy cups on the market. which one should I buy? I hear that some cups can cause speech delays. HELP!!” 

Howard Bennett alo...

January 1, 2019

During the holidays I learned from a parent about baby-led weaning. While this is not a new theory, it is a current trend that fascinated me. I was a traditional mother. I breast fed my sons, because it was natural, apparently their IQ’s were going to be higher, they w...

Young Children Behave Better When They Have a Consistent Bedtime.

Get into a nighttime routine for better behavior throughout the day.

As the holidays are approaching, it is easy to forget your child's routine. Grandma wants to keep baby up longer, travel delays force un...

From Bottles to Cups. PLEASE HELP! 

Every few months I hear these questions, “When should I wean my baby from a bottle to a cup? There are so many sippy cups on the market. which one should I buy? I hear that some cups can cause speech delays. HELP!!” 

Howard Bennett alo...

How do I know if my baby is contagious?

I can't tell you how many times in my day that I am called on as the "Sugar Plums doctor". While I have seen most childhood illnesses in my time, I am not a doctor, even though "Dr. Ellick" has a nice ring to it. I would still adv...

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