Let's face it: as our children get older and assert their independence, they need a break from us. They need a chance to do things on their own, make small choices for themselves and generally figure things out so they can build confidence and trust in their own abilities. As.... read more
As hard as it is to believe, there will come a time when our children are grown and are able to do everything for themselves. They will be autonomous, independent and able to make their own decisions and live their own lives, without us peeking anxiously over their shoulders t.... read more
So you want to encourage a little self-reliance in your child. You'd be happy if she would go off and play and make her own friends at the playground without you following three steps behind. You'd love it if he'd amuse himself with Legos or books for good stretches of time.... read more
Is there ever a truly happy medium with kids? When they are very little, they seem to need you every single moment of the day, and much of the night as well. The minute you sit down to glance at the paper, the minute you pick up the phone, the minute you raise a cup of te.... read more
DreamWorks is releasing the new movie "How to Train Your Dragon" today and running ads for it on SavvySource. As part of that ad campaign, they offered to sponsor a conversation here on a related topic, for which we chose "imaginary friends."Among the myriad gifts that.... read more
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
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