Chinese New Year, also known as Lunar New Year, begins on the first day of the first new moon; and this year—the Year of the Goat—starts on February 19. What might the Year of the Goat portend? Well, if you have a child born this year, then according to the Chinese Zodiac,.... read more
Looking ahead to your child starting kindergarten is the moment in parenting when you first catch a glimpse of time's boomerang headed right back at you—and fast!All those tiny steps and little moments in the long days (but short years) of baby and preschool parenting are.... read more
Kindergarten is a special year, and an important year. It is a child’s introduction to “real school,” as my kids call it (versus preschool), and sets the tone for the years ahead. The most important goal in the kindergarten year is for a child to learn to love school. Ma.... read more
As the new year turns, parents of four and five-year-old preschoolers are looking back and looking forward and thinking: can it be that there is only half a year of preschool left? And then we're onto...kindergarten?!And each one of us is also thinking: is my child ready for t.... read more
There are lots of wonderful preschools out there, but choosing the one that is right for your child and your family can be a tough decision. You want your child's first school experience to be as positive and enriching as possible. You hope that he'll love school, develop his.... read more
Preschool tours offer wonderful opportunities to learn about prospective preschools. Often you can meet the director of the school, see classes in progress, and meet members of the parent community. But, as is the case with so many things in life, what you see may not be wha.... read more
Of the many dilemmas that come with choosing a preschool, the question of schedules is one of the most vexing. You may know what kind of philosophy or community you prefer, and everyone has an ideal location in mind, but schedule?What is the optimal preschool schedule for a tw.... read more
The other morning, I was brushing my daughter's hair before it was time to leave for school. Her hair is thick, but soft and slippery, and tends to snarl in the night. I comb and brush, make braids or pigtails, depending on her mood. That morning she said to me, "You'.... read more
Some say that Valentine's Day is a conspiracy of card-makers, chocolatiers, and florists. If it is, we say well done, because we love all three. Especially the florists. Who, in the midst of gloomy February, doesn't like to give or receive a colorful bouquet? Our kids .... read more
Even four and a half years later, I am still somewhat embarrassed to admit that my preschool search began while my son was still in utero. I never thought I would be one of those parents who obsessed about every detail of their child's lives, and for the most part I think I h.... read more
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