One of the greatest things that adults can do is nurture a generation of children who love, respect, and care for themselves and others. Simple acts of kindness are simple and effective ways to empower children to spread love throughout their community. Many mommy bloggers have taken up the 14 Day Spread Love Challenge starting… Continue reading Virtual Sunshine Squad: Spread Love
Virtual Sunshine Squad: Welcome Immigrants
Learning about the lives of other people helps build empathy, respect, understanding and connection. In 2020, more than 40 million people living the USA were born in a different country, accounting for about 13.7% of the US population. While these immigrants represent nearly every country in the world, Mexico, China, India, and the Philippines rank the… Continue reading Virtual Sunshine Squad: Welcome Immigrants
Virtual Sunshine Squad: Take a Breath
Almost every emotional management strategy for kids includes the power of the breath. Scientifically speaking, when humans enter a highly stressed state, our prefrontal cortex--the part of our brain responsible for rational thinking--is impaired. Through deep breathing exercises, you force your body to focus on another activity, you can slow the rapid beating of your… Continue reading Virtual Sunshine Squad: Take a Breath
Virtual Sunshine Squad: Thankful for Families
Recognizing and celebrating difference is one of the first steps towards raising empathetic, compassionate, and self-loving children. What better place to look than the diverse array of family units in the world! This storytime was presented a couple days after Thanksgiving, hence "thankful for." Welcome Song Tune: Skip to My Lou Hello (name) and how… Continue reading Virtual Sunshine Squad: Thankful for Families
Virtual Sunshine Squad: Be Brave!
The shock of an innocent game of Peek-a-boo is thrilling and exciting for most babies. However, getting startled begins to wear on the psyche of toddlers and preschoolers, making the spooky Halloween season a particularly terrifying one. Fear is a perfectly normal emotion and can help children stay safe and cautiously approach new experiences. By… Continue reading Virtual Sunshine Squad: Be Brave!