Restaurant Sanity Savers

Dana’s tips for teaching appropriate restaurant behavior. Having a child shouldn’t mean you can’t go out for dinner without hiring a babysitter.  Taking your young child to a restaurant holds the possibility of a wonderful experience in a new place with new foods, as well as an enjoyable time for you and your partner.  It can Read More

Bullying Prevention Starts With Teaching Tolerance

Needless to say “bullying” has been in the news a lot lately.  What’s been happening is nothing short of tragic.  It would seem to me that whether you have a child or are educating children, your goal is to give them the support and tools they need so that they become positive, active contributors to our Read More

By Myself!

  Check out my guest post orginally published on Lauren Jimeson’s blog, A Mommy In The City. It’s all about toddlers and their need for independence! By Myself! Coming in a close second after “mine!” on the list of most frequently used toddler phrases is “by myself!” It’s truly exciting when your baby starts exerting her Read More

The Value of A Flexible Routine

Check out my article on Mommybites about “The Value of A Flexible Routine.”  Use what you know about your child to create a routine that meets their (and your) needs, as well as teaching them to manage change. http://mommybites.com/col2/nanny/the-value-of-a-flexible-routine/

ADD and Medication: A Reaction to L. Alan Sroufe’s NY Times Article

By now many of us have read L. Alan Sroufe’s opinion on the use of medication for people, specifically children, with ADD.  He discusses the short term benefit and his belief that in the long term they do nothing for behavior or concentration.  He describes ADD as “problems with attention, self-regulation and behavior.”  Perhaps most Read More

What Do You Mean Sensory Issues?

Over the years I have met many children who were either overly sensitive, or not sensitive enough, to the world around them.  Today, sensory integration disorder, sensory processing disorder and sensory issues are phrases that get thrown around by educators and therapists frequently.  But for parents these words can be scary and unclear.  When we describe Read More

Discipline Is Not A Bad Word!

  Many parents today are concerned about disciplining their children.  Some don’t want to be “mean,” others don’t want to “damage” their children.  Some want to be “friends” with their kids, and others just aren’t sure how to do it.  The key in positive discipline and limit setting is to teach cooperation!  You can start Read More

9/11 and Children: Seize An Opportunity

Like most people, I have spent today reflecting.  I have been thinking about our world and where I was 10 years ago.  If you haven’t done so already, I would encourage you to take a moment now.  Talking to children about the events of 9/11/01 is a very personal choice.  Certainly, parents should consider their Read More

Tips For Preparing Your Child For Nursery School

The most important way to help your child feel comfortable with the idea of beginning nursery school is to make sure you are comfortable with the idea of him or her beginning nursery school.  If you have questions or concerns call the school and speak with your child’s teacher, the director, or the school’s early Read More