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Time flies, gravity anchors us, and children grow. Maybe time wrinkles, children anchor us, and the universe grows? Pain Specialist Ginny Hamilton explores limits versus possibility, in this month’s Off the Mat: Reflections on the Practice of Parenting.

Do you have you a childhood friend – someone you’ve known since you were in diapers? Impressive isn’t it…a friendship that’s endured so many changes, and the fact that it started at such a young age is remarkable. The sincerely lovely thing about young friendships is its organic and authentic nature (take that Instagram!).

In “Let Them Grow: Fresh Ways to Engage Toddlers in Creative Free Play,” Candice shares excellent tips on how to create an environment for your toddler to foster a friendships. (Once there was an article on how Cary Grant worked a room. This is not a million miles away from that!) Modeling how our actions in front of our children can bring out the ability to form meaningful friendships in our toddlers, thus nurturing them to grow as empathetic, sharing, fun and caring individuals.

Stimulate your toddlers’ instincts for nature by easily facilitating a bird paradise in your own backyard! This month in “Let Them Grow: Fresh Ways to Engage Toddlers in Creative Free Play,” Candice shares encouragement and tips on how to creatively feed native birds while feeding the natural curiosity of your toddler as they develop their relationship with nature.

In order to help your child have experiences that develop life skills and build self esteem, make small tasks child friendly so that they can participate. Here are some 10 easy chores a two year old child can do…

Art with the under three crowd is messy and scattered. When we introduce art to children in this group it is important to have age appropriate expectations and to be prepared…

In her debut column, “Let Them Grow: Fresh Ways to Engage Toddler’s in Creative Free Play,” Hilltown Families newest contributing writer, Candice Chouinard, shares a post on ways families can bring the outside inside by creating and using “busy bins.” Bins can be created for sensory, pretend and winter play, just to name a few!

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