Father’s Day: A Day Just For Dad

Share this…FacebookTwitterPinterestPrintemailEver since Richard Nixon signed a proclamation in 1972 making the second Sunday in June Father’s Day, people have been officially honoring their dads on this day. But unlike Mother’s Day, with its traditional flowers, candy and brunches, it can be difficult to know how to celebrate. Since it’s[Read more]

10th Annual Celebration of Father’s Event

Share this…FacebookTwitterPinterestPrintemailThe 10th Annual Celebration of Father’s Event will be held on June 18, 2016 at the University of Hawaii Maui College on the Great Lawn from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm. This annual event sponsored by Maui Family Support Services, Inc., UH Maui, and OHA as part of an[Read more]

Teaching Kids to Think For Themselves

Share this…FacebookTwitterPinterestPrintemailListen to your mom and dad. Do as your teacher says. So much of life for young children in our culture involves respecting authority and following established norms in the classroom and on the playground, that we can miss out on giving them a necessary skill: independent thought. Fortunately[Read more]

How to Change Negative Patterns of Behavior

Share this…FacebookTwitterPinterestPrintemailBy Kiegan Blake, OT Often we think of “bad behavior” in terms of poor compliance and needing more discipline. While a child may use behavior to test boundaries, often it is the child’s way of communicating something important to you. Your child may have big feelings that she doesn’t[Read more]

Need Help Paying for Preschool?

Share this…FacebookTwitterPinterestPrintemailThe Preschool Open Doors (POD) program is a statewide child care program operated by the Department of Human Services that provides subsidies to eligible low- and moderate-income families to pay tuition for up to one year at any of the State’s licensed 424 preschools. The POD subsidy provides children[Read more]

Montessori School of Maui: Dinner Project Events

Share this…FacebookTwitterPinterestPrintemailFriday, February 5th // 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM For the fourth year running, Montessori School of Maui is proud to host intimate and unique “Dinner Project Events” featuring the culinary brilliance of many of Maui’s outstanding chefs. These chefs and Montessori parent and sommelier, Greg Shepherd, donate their[Read more]

How to Support Positive Sibling Relationships

Share this…FacebookTwitterPinterestPrintemailHow to Support Positive Sibling Relationships Sibling strife… well, it’s perfectly normal. You will notice that your kids’ relationships will ebb and flow from togetherness to staunch opposition across time and developmental levels. Nonetheless, there are some basic principles to support healthy sibling relationships: Siblings fight! Don’t worry, it[Read more]

Should we shrug off toddler behavior by saying “kids will be kids”?

Share this…FacebookTwitterPinterestPrintemailShould we shrug off toddler behavior by saying “kids will be kids”? Supporting Toddler Development   Toddlerhood is a precious time.  To “Toddle” or to walk unsteady is symbolic of this period of development. It is a period of tremendous growth physically, socially and psychologically. With mobility, the toddler[Read more]

Strategies for Parenting the Strong Willed Child

Share this…FacebookTwitterPinterestPrintemailStrategies for Parenting the Strong Willed Child “Strong Willed” kids often have terrific gifts that can develop into leadership qualities as they get older.  One of the primary parenting challenges can be the ease with which you can find yourself in a power struggle! Your focus needs to be[Read more]

Getting Your Child to Talk

Share this…FacebookTwitterPinterestPrintemailGetting Your Child to Talk For some of us, talking happens easily and for others, talking can be difficult and many of us are somewhere in between.  Have you noticed how hard it can be to get your child to talk about their feelings?  Even the most outgoing youngster[Read more]

Parenting A Sensitive Child

Share this…FacebookTwitterPinterestPrintemailParenting A Sensitive Child Does your child seem to overreact to sounds or tags on his shirt? Does your child have an incredible memory, recalling details you never even noticed? Does your child seem to have out of proportion emotional reactions to seemingly small things? Is your child most[Read more]

Time Out or Time In?

Share this…FacebookTwitterPinterestPrintemailTime Out or Time In? By Kiegan Blake Parents frequently ask me about the effectiveness of using Time Out as a strategy for dealing with their children’s challenging behavior. I believe that it can play a role, but it’s important to look at what you want to achieve. Likely you[Read more]