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

The Great Potty Debate

When a parent comes to me for advice about potty training, I always start the conversation the same way.  Let’s consider what it takes to pee on the potty.  A child has to be aware that they need to pee, let you know, hold the pee, get to the bathroom, adjust their clothing, sit on 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

The Parenting Dance

  Many parents go through a period where they struggle to understand what their children are telling them.   In more challenging situations, parents can have a hard time connecting with their babies.  I often suggest they try considering these times in a new framework.  Consider parenting to be a dance. Starting from the first moment you hold your infant in Read More

Events Added: January, February, & March 2012!

Didn’t make it to an event or workshop in 2011?  Don’t worry!  Here is a list of some of what is coming up early in 2012. (For more information and to sign up, click on the name of the event.) Wednesday January 11th with Babybites Brooklyn: Positive Discipline and Dealing With Temper Tantrums (birth-3) During this Read More

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

Dana’s Kids Will Be At The New Parents Expo on October 15 & 16, 2011

  Dana’s Kids is proud to be an exhibitor at New York Family’s New Parents Expo on October 15 & 16, 2011 at Pier 92! A grand family-friendly mega-show for new parents and parents-to-be from the New York Metropolitan area and beyond, the New Parents Expo will enable parents to discover many of the best 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

New Events Added With Three Little Birds Music on 9/21/11 and 10/5/11

  Check out the Events page for more information on my upcoming workshop with Three Little Birds Music We’ll be discussing potty training and positive discipline!  

Sippy or Straw Cup? And the Speech Therapist Says…

…Straw Cup! According to speech therapists, straw cups promote more mature oral motor development. Sippy cups encourage children to rest their tongues on the under side of the spout, which can cause what is called “tongue thrust.” Tongue thrust can lead to articulation issues. Straw cups on the other hand promote lip closure, tongue and Read More