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  • Best Potty Training Tips from Orange County Parents

    Best Potty Training Tips Oh, Potty Training. What a wonderful time in a child’s life. Right? Okay, well it might not be the easiest transition – potty training can be eased a bit with these helpful tips from Orange County parents.   Tip 1: Have a positive outlook on using the restroom.  Oscar G. writes: Make sure everyone in the household looks at going to the bathroom as a positive. — Don’t make faces if it smells, don’t get angry if there are accidents. — Celebrate it instead and be shameless about it when *you* as a parent go, and let them see, watch, ask questions, etc. And then be excited when it’s their turn.   Tip 2: Consistency and Routine  Use the restroom always. Try placing your child’s potty where they are so they don’t have a choice but to use it. Keep it up though and don’t back down.  Tip 3: Don’t push it! All kids are different.  This tip comes from quite a few parents. Shana S. writes, “Wait because when they’re ready to own the decision to use the toilet, it’s pretty seamless.” Christine W. writes, “With one kid, I pushed and she pushed back. I finally backed off and ordered a […]

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  • What’s a Good Age for My Child to Attend Pretend City? & Other FAQ’s

    Is My Child Too Old to Go to Pretend City? & Other FAQ’s Our organization gets asked many questions about whether or not their children are the right age for Pretend City. We are here to share some helpful tips when deciding to visit the Museum. Is My Child Too Young for Pretend City? The quick answer is, No. Pretend City offers a special program called, Baby Steps. Twice a month, Pretend City hosts a special event for babies 18 months and younger. We encourage parents to visit as early as 2 months because we offer a free child development screening which checks your babies milestones. The event is only $10 when you register online and infants are always free. Baby Steps is great for parents of little ones that are just starting to walk and crawl. Will My Child Like Pretend City? Pretend City is designed for all children to connect with an exhibit and have a fun and unique experience. However, we also understand that children all learn and play differently. If your child enjoys role-playing, pretend play, dress-up, story time, and interacting with entire exhibits, then Pretend City is for you! Is My Child Too Old for […]

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  • Autism Mom Describes Her Families Experience at Pretend City

    It had been a while since I had been to pretend city Irvine. I had taken my boys years ago. In fact, my oldest one didn’t even remember ever going. That’s how long it’s been. I forgot how amazing that place is for children. We were invited to the opening of the new music room, and I am so grateful that we were. My youngest fell in love with it, he adores music. We spent so much time in the music room even though there was so much to do on the outside of this room. My oldest one wanted to explore more while my youngest was perfectly content in the music room. He enjoyed playing and exploring with the instruments. He was himself in his world. We eventually ventured out of the room and explored all that Pretend City had to offer. They have so many rooms with so much pretend of real life. Though after each room we explored my little one would run, and I mean run, back to the music room. I sure got my miles in on this day. The excitement and fun that my boys had on this day is a day to remember. […]

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  • The Importance of Grandparents at Pretend City

    The Importance of a Grandparent at Pretend City Grandma and Grandpa each hold a big responsibility as a grandparent at Pretend City! Grandparents even hold a very special role in the life of a child. Their roles create a bond deeper than yummy snacks and free caregiving. The staff here at Pretend City fosters this bond by creating special programming and crafts to help grandparents and children better connect. We understand that creating an environment where grandparents and children connect has a profound impact on their grandchild’s child development and emotional well-being.  A study by Boston College researchers found that emotionally close ties between grandparents and their grandchildren reduced depressive symptoms in both groups. While grandchildren offer their grandparents a new life and new ideas, grandparents offer great wisdom and advice. At Pretend City, we encourage our grandparents to use this valuable time to teach their little ones about life through our many exhibits. Knowing that grandparent interaction could lessen anxiety and depression is a big deal! We use this information to even create special days dedicated just for our grandparents. Pretend City is an excellent organization which works to strengthen the bonds between a grandparent and grandchild. You can read together […]

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  • Let’s Get Musical: How Music Helps Children Develop

    How Music Helps Children you ask? Hey parents and caregivers! Have you ever noticed the way music seems to always grab your little one’s attention? Have you noticed your child singing to themselves, or trying to sing along to a song in the cutest baby gibberish you’ve ever heard? Do you know why? Yes, we’ll admit, it is possible that you have a musical prodigy in your hands. However, music probably mesmerizes your child and the reason is simple. Music stimulates children and their brains in the most wonderful ways. It helps when developing listening skills, while also helping to build their relationship with YOU. Brain Development According to Noreen Kassem of Livestrong.com, music helps children to develop their brains by activating many important areas. Some of these areas include: The cerebrum and the cerebellum, which both help develop a child’s motor and neuro skills, aiding in physical performance ability. The limbic system, the part of the brain that links emotions and the reason why music often helps soothe or put your child in a good mood (and even changes your mood). The auditory cortex, which helps a child decipher auditory information and increase the ability to analyze content. And the list goes on and on! […]

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