A home that encourages creative thinking and expression would include:1. At least one adult (preferably more) who engages the child with thoughtful interaction and also models wondering about the world and a desire to learn.2. An understanding of the child's unique ways o.... read more
My girls absolutely love making artwork—as in, they make roughly twenty masterpieces each day. And I'm happy to see their creative little minds at work, really I am, but at this rate we'll soon have to move all of the furniture out and turn the house into an art gallery. To .... read more
A young child's imagination is a fascinating thing to witness and an amazing process in which to participate, for those lucky adults so fortunate to be invited! Preschool-aged children have a rich imaginary experience and from their imagination springs forth powerful creativ.... read more
"Mabel, Mabel, if you're able, keep your elbows off the table." That was the chant in my house when we were growing up, the reminder that it wasn't okay to put your elbows on the table. Nor was it okay to use your sleeve to wipe your face, burp out loud, ask rudely for food to.... read more
Every few years we read yet another study confirming how important it is to eat dinner together as a family as often as you can. It renews connections; it enlivens verbal and communication skills; it makes a happy home. But no one—repeat, no one—is happy when food is f.... read more
"You can't come to my birthday party!""You're not my friend!""No!!!!!!!!!!"THUD! However your little ones express themselves during a struggle with their friends or siblings—whether it's one of the older preschool friendship-ending fiats or one of the younger set's yelps a.... read more
Like everything else, a child's artwork is a manifestation of her development at work. And like everything else, that development is not exactly linear. Put another way, the first time your darling slept through the night wasn't the last time you got up in the wee hours. And .... read more
Getting children to listen is one of the biggest challenges for parents. How many times have you heard one parent moan to another, "They just don't listen!"? And how many times have you heard yourself bark at your kids, "You need to listen!!" or the old classic, "Don't make .... read more
Learning about history is important because it gives us an understanding (and appreciation) of how the past has shaped our present. All too often, kids associate history with the words "dry" and "boring"; fortunately, there are individuals and organizations who have ste.... read more
The other day my daughter asked me, "Mama, when will we have a snow day?" As I look out our window at a blanket of white, I can tell her that today is that day.When I asked the four-year-old why she likes snow days so much, these were her reasons: 1. "You can do any.... read more
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