10 Things Every Mom Of A New Preschooler Should Know

10 Things Every Mom Of A New Preschooler Should Know

It’s that time of year again, “Back To School!” Some children have already started school and some are still preparing for school.  If your child is a new Preschooler, then this post is for you. I’ve been working in preschool classrooms throughout New York City for 15 years and I’ve a learned a few things that seem to always happen across the board. I’m always happy to share all of the joys of preschool and some of the nerve racking moments, as well. Now get ready for your child’s new experience, because it’s also your new experience as well.  Say Hello to Preschool!

As a parent of a new preschooler you will be experiencing all kinds of new things from your preschooler and with them. So here goes, 10 things every mom of a new preschooler should know.  




  1. Experience separation anixiety the first few weeks of school or they may be the child who will let go of your hand and have no problem saying goodbye. Leave a family picture in their cubby or their favorite teddy bear to help them cope with the new change.
  2. Pick up new phrases, that they seem to always say at the perfect time. You’ll be asking yourself, “where did they learn that.”
  3. Want to do everything themselves, because they start realizing they have a little control in this big world. Yup, children want power and the ability to control what goes on in their little life.
  4. Become a little independent person, who never seems to want your help anymore. Oh they think they can do it all. Definitely encourage them to try new things, but stay by their side in case they need some assistance. 
  5. Start to request more, because they’re learning how to “use their words.” That’s a popular phrase in many preschools. Often times it’s overused. I’m guilty.
  6. Have a crush on a teacher, but don’t worry you’ll always be their number one. It’s just a phase. It’s all a part of the process of learning to trust a new adult in their life and feel comfortable in their new classroom environment.
  7. Learn the concept of sharing. Now whether they do it or not will be determined. Oh and don’t worry they will remind you to share too when it benefits them.
  8. Have their own little new life, with new friends and toys they don’t have at home. Yes, school will soon be cool and they will reference toys they play with, friends they like and exciting events that happen. 
  9. Want privacy in the bathroom, and they will often  use this time to explore the toilet, toilet tissue, the sink and water play. Be on stand by for a possible clean up.
  10. Start to have their own social life, and yes you will have to manage their new busy schedule with birthday parties, playdates and new fun activities. You may even gain some new mommy friends in the process. 

During Preschool your child will continue to develop into their own beautiful, individual person, and BEST OF ALL you get to watch this magical journey called Child Development!

Happy Playing & Learning
Monica J

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Does My Child Have A Developmental Delay? 3 Tips From An Educator

Does My Child Have A Developmental Delay? 3 Tips From An Educator

Are you wondering if your child is developmentally age appropriate? Have you ever wondered if they are reaching important milestones? Do you think something may not be right? If so, I have 3 extremely important tips that can help you with answering some of these questions.

Every child has their own special quaities. See them as an individual.

Watch now and please leave any thoughts, questions or ideas in the comment section below. If you ever have a question that you feel may be too personal to ask in the comment section, please feel free to reach out to me via private message on any of our social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram or Twitter).

Happy Playing & Learning

Monica J

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Imagine It! 3 Benefits of Imaginative Play + A New Toy Brand MIO

Imagine It! 3 Benefits of Imaginative Play + A New Toy Brand MIO

We’ve all heard the saying, “children learn through play”, right? Besides the fact that it’s a proven fact, it’s something you can witness for yourself by just observing children engaged in play. Once observation you’ll most likely make will be their use of imaginative play. When children play they often act out experiences they’ve had, things they’ve watched or read and things that interest them. Watching them pretend to be a superhero, a doctor or whatever they decide is so fascinating.

A few of the biggest factors of children using their imagination to the fullest are the toys, tools and experiences they have access to. Today we’re going to start with the toys. When children are given toys that allow open-ended play, the play can go on for hours. The play is not forced nor predicted. Children will truly be using their own creative minds and imaginations to enjoy their play.

Children are naturally curious.  They want to explore, invent, make-believe and satisfy those curiosities.

This is the perfect time to introduce MIO, a new toy brand from The Manhattan Toy Company. I had the opportunity to play with their new play sets at a blogger event. Let me be honest with you. It was love at first sight when I saw their toys. As an educator who uses toys everyday during my sessions with students, I know quality when I see it. Just see for yourself.

Watch my video below for the 3 benefits of Imaginative Play and the new brand MIO, which makes quality toys that encourage imaginative play.

For more information on MIO, visit The Manhattan Toy Company. If you’re interested in purchasing the toys right now, head to The So Family Fun Shop.  Check out some of my favorites from new brand MIO by The Manhattan Toy Company (images below courtesy of The Manhattan Toy Company).

Happy Playing & Learning

Monica J

Disclaimer: All thoughts and opinions are my own. I received a MIO set for review purposes. I review all products posted on Sofamilyonline.com from an Educator’s perspective.  




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Finding Resources for Parents of Children with Special Needs

Finding Resources for Parents of Children with Special Needs

It is essential for parents of children with special needs to find resources and support. As an early childhood special education teacher I know first hand how difficult and overwhelming this process can be. Remember parents, have patience, don’t get discouraged and ask for help. There are some simple ways that you can begin your search for the best resources. I’ve listed them below as well as some national resources you may want to contact.

3 Ways to Start Your Search:
1. Internet – We all know that the internet is filled with guides, websites, information and great resources. You will have to take your time and do a search on a search engine such as google or yahoo. Before you do your search prepare keywords that you may want to use in your search, so that your results will give you exactly or close to what your looking for.
2. Child’s School/School District – A great place to start is your child’s school. Your child’s school has access to many resources and education materials. If they do not have exactly what you need, they should be able to point you in the right direction.
3. Local Programs – There are many community programs that have information or a list of resources for parents.
Teacher Tip: Document everything that a school, community program or resource gives or tells you. This will assist you in your understanding of what is agreed upon or suggested. This information will also be proof of what happened and a record for you to keep in your files.

Online National Resources:
Our Mission: To ensure that the nation’s
 15 million children, adolescents, and adults
 with learning disabilities have every opportunity
to succeed in school, work, and life.
The National Center for Special Education Research (NCSER), sponsors a comprehensive program of special education research designed to expand the knowledge and understanding of infants, toddlers and children with disabilities.
NICHCY is very pleased to offer you a wealth of information on disabilities! We serve the nation as a central source of information on:
*disabilities in infants, toddlers, children, and youth,
*IDEA, which is the law authorizing special education,
*No Child Left Behind (as it relates to children with
disabilities), and
*research-based information on effective educational
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Good Kids vs. Bad Kids – Can We Label Our Kids Good Or Bad?

Good Kids vs. Bad Kids – Can We Label Our Kids Good Or Bad?

I have a question for you. Do good kids and bad kids exist?

I don’t believe in labeling kids good or bad. Kids are just kids. The labeling stems from the fact that kids react to troubling or difficult situations in very different ways. Children that you would normally call “good” actually have the skills to problem solve and deal with their emotions in age-appropriate ways. Children that are labeled “bad” don’t have the skills to deal with problems and difficulties appropriately. So, ultimately we have kids with effective problem solving skills and those without. And yes the children that do not encompass appropriate problem solving skills can sometimes be disrespectful, violent, angry or just frustrated.

Now these skills don’t just magically appear. These good behavior skills have to be learned, so who’s doing the teaching? Well you are. Parents, teachers, grandparents, family and our communities. Parents you are your child’s first teacher and in my eyes the most important, especially when they’re young and developing at rapid rates.  Behavior is a skill that is learned.  It is up to is, as the adults in a child’s life to teach them age-appropriate behavior skills.  They are looking towards us for the answers and the feedback to their actions and reactions.

Our young children need problem-solving skills, which will help develop their behavior.

If they are taught effective problem-solving skills then they will be able to handle their life’s challenges appropriately. So, in return they will be demonstrating what society labels “good behavior.” Do you believe in labeling our children “good” or “bad”?

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~Monica J~

Disclaimer: All thoughts and opinions are my own. I always review products on my own and turn into a big kid with my teacher hat on.

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