Years ago, before we had children of our own, my husband and I went out to eat with my brother and his family. When our food was served, my nephew, who was about 5 years old at the time, looked at his burger and tried to interrupt the conversation that was going on among the a.... read more
Between a parent and child, communication is everything. From the moment a parent locks eyes with a newborn baby, they are engaged in the most intense communication feedback loop that anyone will ever know. The quality of that communication undergirds the child's sense of self.... read more
Sometimes we need a little reminder of the larger purpose of all the endless mediating and listening and explaining and encouraging and comforting we do with our children and their friends.Here are just the words to make us feel that yes, indeed, it is all very worthwhile:"Ult.... read more
When parents select a preschool for their child, it's the beginning of a very important partnership between the school and family. Just like any partnership the success depends on a number of factors including the establishment of a foundation of trust and mutual respect. Once.... read more
As parents, we’re our children’s first teachers in virtually every subject. In a short time, however, their schoolteachers will outpace us in teaching them math, music, art, science and writing. (And thank goodness for that!)But when it comes to educating our kids about th.... read more
We constantly puzzle over the workings of our children's minds. We wonder what they are learning, when they are learning it, where and how and from whom they are learning it. We notice new features in their drawings, we listen to snippets of conversation among preschool friend.... read more
There is a saying that goes: When the student is ready, the teacher will appear. So it goes with parenting, perhaps the greatest exercise in humility, patience, and love. Even the most competent and confident of people, in all walks of life, in all fields of work, find .... read more
From Art is Life; Life is Art in May 2008The best way to be more artful about your art-filled life (and your life-filled art) is, of course, to grab a kiddo and a crayon and have at it. Sometimes we spend too much time plotting and planning and too little time doing. But we .... read more
If you are the parent of a child under the age of six, you don't need anyone to tell you about the significance of naps. They are simply crucial to the well-being of the entire family. Naptime is precious time in the non-stop days of parents and care-givers -- time to tidy up.... read more
There are parenting books we need in order to get through defined moments of child development, like sleep training a baby or potty training a toddler. We cling to those books in our time of need, but when the moment has passed, we are more than happy to hand them down to a n.... read more
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