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

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

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

My Favorite Things: Discount School Supply

Parents, grandparents, educators, caregivers……get out your pad and pen, or bookmark this site, now!  Discount School Supply is a find!  This fantastic website has everything from games to art supplies, infant toys to bikes to products for children with special needs (many of which I use with typically developing children as well).  The prices are right and Read More

Baby, It’s Cold Outside! (Part 2)

Ok, here it is.  The long awaited list of my favorite activities to do with children when its just too cold to go out.  There are many more, but this is a great start.  Here we go… Baby Drag: Place your small child or baby (should have good neck and core strength) on a large Read More

From the NY Times: An Article on the Importance of Play

Take a look at this article about the importance of play and the movement to bring it back into the daily lives of children.

My Favorite Things: Activities for Young Toddlers

Here are some of my favorite activities to play with young toddlers (approximately 15-24 months).  Not only are they developmentally stimulating, they’re also fun! 1.Laundry Baskets– They always say it’s the most unexpected items that are the most fun for this age!  Put your child in the laundry basket and push or pull them around 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