The Value of a Cardboard Box

I can’t tell you how many times I hear from parents and friends that they bought their child a wonderful new toy, and the child was more fascinated by the cardboard box.  My father, beaming with pride, recounts the story of buying a new refrigerator in the late 1970’s and giving my ecstatic brother the Read More

Quitting: When Is It Okay?

Young children begin taking formal “lessons” in activities for a number of reasons:  Mom or Dad thinks it’s a great idea, the child has expressed interest, friends are participating, they liked the leotard or karate outfit, etc.  Most of the time these activties are wonderful and children thoroughly enjoy them.  But what happens if your Read More

Events Added with Sprout San Francisco’s New York Location

  For anyone who hasn’t made it, run….don’t walk, over to Sprout San Francisco’s new location in New York City!  This store is terrific.  Its products are natural and organic,  and its staff is incredibly knowledgeable.  Best of all, they share my philosophy of educating parents and caregivers.  With that in mind, we’ve created a series of Read More

Guest Post: Dimity Kirwan, Founder of Beyond Teaching, LLC

What’s Educare? Find out this Weekend (for free)!   On Saturday, August 20th, Beyond Teaching and Mommy’s Links will be holding the first Educare Fair, sponsored by Jones New York. Beyond Teaching, which connects parents seeking qualified individuals to tutor or provide after-school/weekend care for their children, began using the term educare to describe the Read More

Plan to Play: Tell A Story

Recently,  I wrote an article for a website about preparing young children with special needs for mainstream kindergarten.  Needless to say, this had me thinking about the skills I would hope all children entering kindergarten would have.  Before entering kindergarten, most 4-5 year olds should have the ability to speak in sentences, understand the sequence of story, Read More

5 Do-It-Yourself Warm Weather Science Activities Kids Will Love

Sometimes the park can keep children busy for hours, and other days it’s just doesn’t cut it.  Be prepared!  These activities are sure to keep your children engaged and may even teach them a little about science along the way! 1-Use Water– Go to the dollar store and keep spray bottles, paint rollers and paint brushes in Read More

My Favorite Things: Kids Play Tent

In the season of beaches, parks, picnics and outdoor activities, having a safe spot for your children to play is essential.  The Sun Smarties Play Anywhere Play Tent is one of my favorites.  First and foremost, the tent has UPF 30+ which is so important when playing outside.  The tent is incredibly easy to open Read More

My Favorite Things: Finger Crayons for Toddlers

When introducing crayons to toddlers, finger crayons are my first choice.  These crayons are perfectly sized for small hands and can fit in a child’s palm or on their finger.  From a developmental standpoint, finger crayons are great for working on finger isolation, whole hand grip and general fine motor skills.  They can also be stacked Read More

My Favorite Things: Gyrowheel

Every now and again I come across a product that I believe is revolutionary.  Gyrowheel is that product.  As a “failed” bike rider myself (I can go a couple of feet now, but it’s not good), I have always wondered how to make this an easier process for children.  That’s exactly what Gyrowheel does.  Gyrowheel Read More

Social Skills for Mainstream Kindergarten

I recently came across an incredibly supportive group for parents of children with sensory processing disorder.   On the website, The SPD Blogger Network explains its purpose: “This group blog is designed for those writting – or those who want to write – about raising a child with Sensory Processing Disorder or sensory issues (that Read More