child in bed

Transitioning your child from their crib to a bed can be a challenge. It may seem like just yesterday that you finally got your baby to sleep through the night and now you face sleepless nights once again as your child (naturally) tests the limits of this newfound freedom.

Many kids will get up several times a night because instead of rolling over and falling back asleep, they prefer to show up at your bedside. One of the reasons they do this is because their new sleeping situation can seem scary. After all, being by themselves in larger bed with no sides can make them feel insecure at first. Thankfully, with time and a whole lot of patience, things will get better.

If you are contemplating the big switch, here are some tips to make it go as smoothly as possible:

  1. Reinforce your child’s bedtime routine. If your child is used to a snack, bath and a story before bed, follow this same pattern when they move to a big bed. This will help your child adjust. Speaking of adjustments, don’t make the move out of the crib when there are other big events taking place. This includes potty training or a new baby. Expecting? Make the transition at least three or four months before your due date so your child doesn’t feel like they are being pushed out of their crib.
  2. Read about it. There are plenty of good books you can read to your child that talk about how exciting it is to graduate to a “big bed.”
  3. Get your child involved. If possible, let your child pick out the new bed. If you already have one, at least let them pick out some bedding to make it feel like their own. You can make the bed extra cozy with the blanket from their crib and stuffed animals.
  4. Allow plenty of extra time at bedtime. You may want to start your child’s bedtime routine earlier than usual the first few nights to allow for some inevitable ups-and-downs.
  5. Let your child know they are doing a great job. For every small step toward adjusting to their new sleeping arrangement, let your child know how proud you are of them. Maybe they only got up twice during the night instead of every hour – that’s progress – and it needs to be acknowledged!

You may think your child will never stay in their bed all night. But it will happen. It just takes a period of adjustment for you and your child.

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The need to shelter in place has taught us a lot about ourselves and our families, especially the importance of grandparents. Perhaps one of the most important things it has taught us is that dependence on extended family isn’t a bad thing. In fact, once some semblance of normalcy returns, the commitment to strengthen these family ties is likely to occur.


Pandemic Proves How Much We All Need Extended Families

It isn’t difficult to see the vital role that healthy families play at this time. And in many cases, large, extended and curated families working together have a better chance of weathering this crisis and its aftermath.


Far Apart but Closer Than Ever: How the Coronavirus is Helping Extended Families Connect

One silver lining to the coronavirus is that it provides people with an opportunity to rededicate themselves to the relationships that matter most. Though the words are communicated virtually, the affection is just as real.


Creative Alternatives to Family Gatherings During COVID-19

In one sense, the circumstances of COVID-19 have made family get-togethers difficult – if not impossible. But in another sense, due to technology, connecting with loved ones has never been easier. 

Premier Academy offers affordable childcare in the Omaha/Elkhorn area. To learn more, visit us at

baby on zoom

The COVID-19 pandemic is uncharted territory for all of us. While there is a lot of uncertainty, one thing we do know is that sheltering in place is stressful for everyone – no matter what their age.

Children who are used to spending a great deal of time with extended family members are likely to be confused by the fact that they are no longer able to see them – even though they have been told that it is only temporary. Grandparents and other relatives are likely to feel unsettled and lonely, as well, by this separation.

So how can extended families remain close while practicing social distance? Some of the easiest ways to do it is through phone calls, texts and video chats. Setting a specific time of the day or week for these interactions is a great way to make sure that everyone has something to look forward to. It also helps to establish a routine which is essential in times like these.

While the simplest way for families to keep in touch is talking on the phone, this is unlikely to hold the attention of young children for very long. That’s why a little creativity is in order. If children are close to their cousins, for example, consider a daily or weekly cousins’ video chat. An adult can read stories to the group or older cousins can take over this duty. This will keep younger cousins busy and will make older cousins feel important. It also will provide parents with some much needed free time.

It is critical to remember that everyone is in this together. Something as simple as video chatting with a niece or nephew may not seem like a big deal but it gives parents a much-needed break.

Another idea is to make and eat dinner “together.” Choose recipes as an extended family and sit down for a virtual meal. Grandparents might want to recreate some of the meals they ate when they were kids.

No matter what activities you choose to do while sheltering in place, be sure to give the youngest family members a say. Chances are they are feeling like they have no control in what can be frightening times. When they are able to decide activities their extended family does together, it gives them a sense of security.

Finally, while social distancing is important, try to think of it as physical distancing instead. Thanks to technology such as smartphones and video apps, there is no reason why families cannot stay connected until they can all be together – in person – once again. 

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The amount of time kids spend in front of screens can cause significant anxiety – for their parents. Many parents are turning to screen time limits to keep kids from spending too much time on electronics. 

According to an article from the website VeryWellFamily, not all screen time is created equal, however. A Parent’s Guide to Setting Screen Time Limits notes that neither an outright ban on screen time nor unlimited use is the answer.

“The reality is we need to be flexible in setting rules, taking into account the purposes, timing, and benefits of the electronic devices our children use,” the article states. “As kids grow, they change and so does the technology. Parents have to be ready to make new rules or modify old ones when change happens, but keep that guiding principle of balance in mind as you readjust your family’s rules.”

Finally, one of the best ways to limit screen time is to make sure kids have the opportunity to do other, more hands-on activities to instill a desire for creativity and independent play. Doing so is the first and best defense against too much screen time.

Premier Academy offers affordable childcare in the Omaha/Elkhorn area. To learn more, visit us at

kids on ipad

Technology has done a lot to improve the lives of children. However, when kids have too much screen time, the benefits of technology are quickly eclipsed.   Unfortunately, attempts to go cold-turkey often backfire when it comes to cutting off a child’s access to electronic devices. So what is a parent to do?

Screen Time and Children: How to Guide Your Child

With screens virtually everywhere, controlling a child’s screen time can be challenging. To complicate matters, some screen time can be educational for children as well as support their social development.

10 Tips to Cut Kids’ Screen Time

With screens everywhere, it may seem even harder to cut down on a child’s time with them. But limits are worth it.

Parents Trying to Limit Kids’ Screen Time Should Start with Their Own

When it comes to instilling healthy screen time habits in our kids, we need to first be aware of our own habits.

Complete Guide to Screen Addiction

Premier Academy offers affordable childcare in the Omaha/Elkhorn area. To learn more, visit us at

Research indicates that most children are born compassionate.  In order to ensure that they remain that way it’s important that parents serve as good role models.

An article on, Compassionate Children Come from Parents Who Do These 8 Things, explains how parents can foster compassion in their children. These include engaging in the following behaviors:

  1. Explaining their actions
  2. Expressing gratitude
  3. Avoid scolding their children in public
  4. Showing empathy
  5. Reading with their children

Parents also need to understand that it is important to be consistent and that it will take a long time for these types of lessons to stick. In other words, slow and steady wins the raise when it comes to raising children who genuinely care about others.

Premier Academy offers affordable childcare in the Omaha/Elkhorn area. To learn more, visit us at

The holidays are winding down. While most families spent the past few months making special memories and participating in fun and festive activities together, prioritizing family bonding activities isn’t something that ends when the holidays are over.

family bonding by taking a walk in the park together

An article on, Family Time Isn’t Just for Fun – It Also Has Some Serious Benefits, talks about the fact that hanging out together as a family should be a priority, no matter what the season. Specifically, the article talks about the following five ways family-time benefits every member of the family.

  1. It builds self-esteem in children
  2. It strengthens family bonds
  3. It develops positive behaviors
  4. It creates happy memories
  5. It helps parents and children reconnect

No matter how old your children, spending time together is something they crave (even if they don’t like to admit it). That’s why it is so important to keep the warm feelings that come with family bonding alive throughout the New Year!

Premier Academy offers affordable childcare in the Omaha/Elkhorn area. To learn more, visit us at

With the holidays in full swing, many families are looking for festive activities to keep their kids entertained. And since it is the most wonderful time of the year, there is no shortage of family-friendly holiday activities in Omaha.

Here are just a few of the holiday events you can enjoy with children of all ages.* The best part is that many of them are free, so you won’t break the bank, either!

  1. Omaha Gingerbread Festival: Enjoy spectacularly decorated gingerbread displays, holiday performances and more. Ramada Inn, 3321 S. 72nd Free and open until Dec. 15.
  2. Capitol District Ice Rink. Skate while supporting a good cause. A portion of each admission charge is donated to Food Bank for the Heartland. Open until Jan. 21.
  3. A Christmas Carol: The classic story performed at the Omaha Community Playhouse, 6915 Cass Street. Ticket prices vary. Runs until Dec. 23.
  4. Holiday Lights Festival: Construction at the Gene Leahy Mall means that lights now illuminate the Old Market from 10th-13th Streets and from Harney to Jackson. The display also includes 24th Street in North and South Omaha. Free and runs until Jan. 5.
  5. Holiday Poinsettia Show: See thousands of poinsettias with trains, Omaha landmarks and even a 20-foot-tall poinsettia tree. There is even Holiday Poinsettia Show Aglow on special nights. Laurtizen Gardens, 100 Bancroft Street. Open to the public. Free to members, non-members pay regular admission. Runs until Jan. 5.
  6. Santa’s Magic at the Omaha Children’s Museum: An interactive show that includes indoor snow, visits with Santa and more. Located at 500 S. 20th Included with regular museum admission. Runs until Dec. 23.
  7. Christmas at Union Station: View the huge Christmas tree and a variety of other activities. The Durham Museum is located at 801 S. 10th Regular museum admission required. Runs until Jan. 5.
  8. Carriage Ride at Village Pointe: Enjoy horse and carriage rides on Saturdays from 1 to 5 p.m. weather permitting. 17305 Davenport St. Free and runs through Dec. 21.
  9. Season of Lights at Midtown Crossing: Stroll among 10,000 magical white lights strung throughout Turner Park along Farnam Street. Lights turn on daily at dusk through Feb. 14. Free and open to the public.
  10. Omaha Public Library: Kid-friendly holiday events at public libraries throughout the city. Runs through Dec. 31. Free but some events require registration.

This is just a short list of the many happenings in the area this holiday season. From ice skating to story times with Santa, there is more than enough family-friendly holiday activities in Omaha to keep your family in the holiday spirit.

*It is a good idea to call ahead before attending any event to confirm details.

From all of us at Premier Academy, we want to wish you and your little ones a happy holiday! If you are looking for a childcare provider in the new year, please visit us at and schedule a tour!

We’ve rounded up the top 5 most read articles from the past year and have brought them together in one place just for you!

#1 7 Play Based Learning Activities to Do With Your Child

Here’s some great things to do with your little ones during the Holidays.

“We here at Premier Academy are big believers in play based learning. We understand that one of the wonderful things about being a parent is that you are your child’s first teacher.  You have the unique opportunity to open the door to the world; introducing your child to words, colors, animals and so much more.  Learning can be weaved into the day naturally as you read, talk, sing, and play together. Mr. Rogers said it best, “Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood. . .”

Read the full article here.

#2 Importance of School Readiness

Here are some pointers on getting your child ready for school.

“We here at Premier Academy know the importance of school readiness. The first five years are critical to a child’s lifelong development. Early experiences influence brain development, establishing the neural connections that provide the foundation for language, reasoning, problem solving, social skills, behavior, and emotional intelligence – characteristics that often determine how well a child will do in school and in life. . .”

Read the entire article Here

#3 Tips for a Smooth Morning Routine for Daycare

Mornings can be hectic, this article can help alleviate the stress.

“Why do mornings seem so difficult? For parents, especially working parents that use child care in Omaha Nebraska, there is typically so much to do in a short period of time. We here at Premier Academy agree. . .”

Read the entire article Here.

#4 Choosing Between a Montessori or Play-Based Preschool

Finding the best environment for your child to learn and grow can be tricky, this article explains the differences between Montessori style Learning and Play-Based Learning.

“We here at Premier Academy know that choosing the right type of preschool for your child can be an overwhelming decision. Many parents wonder whether a preschool that uses the Montessori method is the right choice for their child of if a play-based approach is best. . .”

Read the entire article Here.

#5 Fostering Social and Emotional Development in Preschoolers

Preschool is an amazing time for children, it’s also a time for big changes.

“We here at Premiere Academy are big believers in fostering social and emotional development in preschoolers. Social-emotional development affects every aspect of a child’s life, including personal relationships, academic growth, and self-esteem. When children feel good about themselves and have the skills to interact successfully with others, their capacity to achieve skyrockets. . .”

Read entire article Here.

We hoped you enjoyed this look back on 2019’s Top 5 most read articles.
Have a Happy Holidays!
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Dealing with picky eaters is one of the most common struggles parents and teachers at your childcare center have. Does this sound familiar to you? Here are a few tips on how to deal with picky eaters.

Is your child a picky eater?

  • Your toddler takes a few bites of food and says she’s “done”
  • You can stock your fridge and shelves full but your little one will only eat the same 5 things over and over.
  • Your toddler asks for one thing, you make it, then he asks for something else then decides he wants something completely different altogether.
  • Coaxing your children to just take “one more bite” is a constant battle in your home.

Why Won’t They Eat?

First of all – meal times are supposed to be relaxing and enjoyable. You want to avoid these battles every time you sit down at the table. Toddlers ages 1-3 typically have smaller appetites, so if they only eat a little at a time, that’s ok. Their appetites can change on a daily basis and even meal to meal.

If they like carrots, don’t be afraid to throw some in at breakfast. Do they prefer eggs? Who says you can’t have eggs for dinner? At Premier Academy it is our goal to provide quality childcare and lots of healthy and delicious food options.

Dinner time is typically going to be the meal that your toddler feels like eating the least. It’s the end of the day and they are tired. Unless they have been doing physical activity like swimming or playing outside, chances are they aren’t going to be as hungry as they are at other times of the day.

How Do I Get My Picky Kid To Eat?

If you are dealing with preschool or school age children who are picky eaters, you may be able to reason with them and enforce the “one bite rule” Ask them to take at least one bite of every food on their plate. If they don’t like it, they don’t have to eat it again. The best childcare for your kiddo is one that provides a variety of healthy food options.

Here are a few more ideas for dealing with picky eaters:

  • Don’t nag or coax your toddler. Choose your battles. Plain and simply, your child WILL eat when they are hungry.
  • Have realistic portions: Many parents set unrealistic goals for their children when it comes to mealtime. A good rule of thumb to follow: If your child is under the age of 5-6, use a tablespoon per year of age. If they ask for more when they’ve finished, you can always give more.
  • Try to introduce new foods – Even if they disliked a food before, tastes change and you never know when you find something new they like.
  • Avoid too much milk, juice and soda in place of food. Many kids will fill up on sugary drinks and have no room for food.

Mealtime doesn’t have to be miserable any longer! Choose your battles. Don’t get upset with them when they doesn’t like a food. Try to help your child find healthy foods they enjoy.

At Premier Academy, the safety of your children comes first. We offer affordable childcare in the Omaha & Elkhorn area, visit us at