Looking for fabulous food, fables and facts to share with your preschooler while introducing geography? To incorporate all of that and much more, start with South America! Our neighbor country is rich in culture, history and traditions. For instance, starting with one of the f.... read more
Your child has a natural way of growing that is right for her, and she knows how much she needs to eat to grow that way. Her inborn way of growing is supported by, and in balance with, her inborn tendency to consume more or less food and her inborn tendency to be more or l.... read more
Development is multi-fold in nature: it proceeds in patterns that are predictable enough that psychologists, doctors, and educators can point to broad social, physical, and mental behaviors that are typical of any age group. In addition, as the child grows each of these areas .... read more
Many of my Bay Areas friends are just getting the news: the long-awaited notification of preschool acceptance -- or not. There appear to be two basic methods for surviving the big weekend of notices, all conveniently targeted to arrive at the same time. The first group .... read more
Learning geography is about putting it all together -- the continents and oceans, countries and capitals, rivers and mountains. And puzzles, of course, are all about putting things together. They are ideally suited to helping little ones really get what goes where, and epit.... read more
Our preschoolers are a few years away from geography homework (thank goodness!). But still, we think this age is a perfect time to add a few new geography-ish books to a child's library. We're thinking, especially, of books that will transport us (parents and kids together.... read more
It's a very big world out there, but sometimes life with small children can make the world feel as though it has shrunk down to the size of your own house and neighborhood. Small children are naturally most interested in what they can lay their bright eyes and grubby hands.... read more
Communication between parents and children is constant, but it's not always of the kind we most wish to have. The practicalities of daily life often call for a lot of commands, not to mention reprimands, and on a bad day these can form the bulk of what we say to our children. .... read more
Hah. It's really quite preposterous for me to offer up a tips list on this subject. A tendency to fly off the handle is one of my most disagreeable and persistent traits, and something I battle with -- largely unsuccessfully -- every day. For me, anger is the most tempting of .... read more
In our first column, we introduced the idea that how parents make sense of their own early life history is one of the best predictors of how their child will become attached to them. At the heart of that process is integration, the linkage of differentiated parts of a system. .... read more
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