Author Archives : Vicky Keston


Sample Reward Chart You Can Customize to Your Needs

I have found a reward chart to be a useful tool in getting my children to do daily tasks, from brushing their teeth to potty training to chores. Here is a sample reward chart I have used. I included items like staying in bed, brushing teeth and keeping underpants dry. I copy and pasted images from real life […]


Creative Writing for Kids: How Do I Encourage My Kids to Write? 1

Your kid now reads short books, but his writing at school stops at a phrase or a sentence. How do you encourage him to start writing stories? My kid has taught me tremendously about harnessing his creativity into stories. The biggest challenge for most people, including kids, is getting started. Once you have an idea […]


Math is Everywhere: How to Instill Love of Math in Your Children 1

I’m the oddball who’s always loved math. My favorite part of math is the every day, how math explains the world around us. So it is important to me was instilling that same love in my kids. I resisted buying workbooks for my kids until elementary school was around the corner, but I do bring […]

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How Do I Find an Elementary School? My Kid Is Heading to Kindergarten 1

For those of us in districts with school choice, or those house hunting with consideration for school assignment, the fall brings a flurry of school tours. Many will ask, “Where do I start?” I was in your shoes last year and put serious consideration into my son’s school. Here are some basic steps you can […]


Tips to Help Ease Your Child’s Separation Anxiety

This article was originally published on urbansitter’s blog. If your life with young children is anything like mine, it’s rare that you’re able to walk to the bathroom without a child attached to your legs or shower without a child or two peering through the glass. Needless to say, you need a break, but how […]