Giving Thanks

Today on Thanksgiving, but really every day, it is important to think about raising children who are thankful and appreciative.  How can a parent or teacher instill these traits in children? When children are about 18 months old, they can repeat the phrase “thank you.”  While they will not truly understand what it means until they Read More

Plan to Play: Feed The Baby

  As far as I am concerned, all young children (yes, even boys) should have a baby doll.  Feeding a baby doll is a great way to introduce young children to pretend play. What You’ll Need: -Baby Doll -Real or pretend spoon, bowl, saucepan, bottle, napkin, and any other items you might use to prepare a Read More

My Favorite Things: Using Photographs with Children

All children love seeing themselves and the important people in their lives in photographs.  For babies, photo albums can be used to support language development, recognition of their loved ones and caregivers, and are a great transition object for day care.  Toddlers enjoy labeling all of the people and things they know.  For twos and threes, photographs help Read More

Spoiled, But Not Rotten

Here’s a wonderful tidbit from a recent parent workshop I conducted.  I was talking with a group of working parents about the guilt they were feeling.  The conversation progressed to purchasing items for children and whether or not that assuages some of the guilt.  The truth of the matter is that whether they are working Read More

A Wonderful Sight: Grown-Ups Playing

I try to balance my blog posts to cover child development, current issues, ideas for support, and simple, feel-good stories.  Today is a day for a smile!  The last time it rained I noticed how many adults were wearing tall, whimsical, rainboots.  While these are usually reserved for children, I’m so glad to see this trend for Read More

Talking to Young Children About Death

Let me start by saying, I’ve had this post ready to publish for months.  I’ve held on to it waiting for the “right” time to make it public.  The bottom line, is that this is a sad, difficult, personal topic, and there is no “right”time. The way one explains death to a child is a very personal decision. Read More

Love Is In The Air

Happy Valentine’s Day!  February 14th is a day when we think about love and our connections to others.  If those thoughts don’t lead directly to our feelings about children and our families, I don’t know what would. Three months ago upon the birth of my nephew, my father told my brother (the new daddy), “all Read More

Quality, Not Quantity.

I speak to parents all the time about their children.  Sometimes casually, sometimes formally.  And what I’m about to say is not a new concept.  But many times, while we are chatting informally, we’re both checking blackberries, iphones, emails, texts and really only half listening to each other.  This is not okay.  I wonder about Read More