Baby, Its Cold Outside! (Part 1)

Yet another way of empowering parents, caregivers and teachers. Let’s be honest, as it gets darker and colder, no one really wants to take young children to the park. It’s always been remarkable to me that children don’t seem to feel the frigid temperatures in the same way adults do. From an educators’ standpoint, gross Read More

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

Drop the “Okay?!”

“Okay,” let’s talk for a minute about the power of language and tone with young children.  Parents of toddlers know that a well-placed, excited “ooh” or “ahh” can redirect their child’s attention away from the cleaning of a hurt boo boo (although, first you should reflect and acknowledge your child’s emotions and pain).  Those words and the Read More

A Problem Solving Activity

Next time you and your child are faced with a problem, try this out! Take out a large piece of paper and a marker and tell your child you are going to do some important work.  Children love to be involved with making lists and writing words.  It makes them feel very grown-up. Write down Read More

A Case Against Time Out

During the month of August, I’ll be discussing positive discipline with  HAPPYFAMILY! Check out my thoughts on Time Outs How do you handle your child when they are not listening? Keep an eye on the website for information about two upcoming events and a GIVEAWAY!

Developmental Milestones and Playing With Your Baby on 7/10/12 with Big City Moms

Join me and Big City Moms for: During this lunch you’l learn about typical development and creative ways to support your baby through play. You’ll hear about developmentally appropriate ways to interact with your infant, with a focus on activities for when you’re cooped up inside on rainy days.. We’ll also disuss which baby items Read More

Children On Leashes

Today I walked down a New York City street and noticed three young children on leashes.  Sure, two were dressed up as cute little monkey backpacks with tails for the parents to hold on to, but still….they’re leashes.  After years working with toddlers, 2s and 3s, I get it.  They can have selective listening, can Read More

Guest Post: Niche Placement: Hiring Your First Nanny Part Two-Communication

When I first started Niche Placement, I would get calls from very flustered clients said things like, “Megan did not pack Ella her gym clothes for Friday and she had to miss gym!” or “ I was looking at my Nanny’s Facebook page and her status said ‘I had a looooooong day at work!” Calls Read More

Setting the Stage for Potty Training Success

Take a look at my article on Big City Moms, “Setting the Stage for Potty Training Success.”  As you begin to see the signs that your child is ready for potty training, start with the three steps in this article.

Education Supports Parents of Children with Special Needs

  Raising children brings with it joy and hope, concern and trepidation.  As they say, there is no handbook for being a parent.  Raising a child with special needs can compound the worries and leave a parent feeling unsure of their footing.  And while I believe strongly that every family benefits from education, I know how Read More