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A child in the family means lots of big changes. There are education decisions to be made, playdates to host, new skills to learn, and lots and lots of books to read. Join us as we take a look at the everyday moments of parenting and the once-a-year celebrations, the big picture of childhood and the small details that aren't to be missed.

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  • The Importance of Mindsight: How We Begin to Deepen Our Own Self-Understanding and Cultivate Mindsight in Our Lives

    Dr. Daniel J. Siegel - Learning » Cognitive

    In our first column on whole brain parenting, we focused on the ideas of how we see and shape our internal world-a process we can strengthen called "mindsight." We also discussed the importance of creating integration in our lives.  Integration is the way we help encourage th.... read more

  • Life Lessons from Children's Books

    Eliza Clark - The Delights of Reading » Books and Your Child's Life

    A review of Everything I Need to Know I Learned from a Children's Book: Life Lessons from Notable People from All Walks of Life, edited by Anita Silvey"Reason 1,000,001 to have children: You get to read children's books all over again, no apologies or explanations required. An.... read more

  • Raising Good Citizens

    Jacque Grillo

    Originally published January 2009No matter your political affiliation, it is an exciting and historic time for our nation as the first African-American is inaugurated President of the United States! This accomplishment is the result of a tremendous outpouring of unprecedented .... read more

  • How Dolls and Tea Parties Are the Playtime Work of Childhood

    Amy Rees - Learning » Imaginative Play

    Babydolls and tea parties.  The very definition of preschool girl play, right?  Frothy pink and white porcelain (perhaps tin would be wiser), all set out for wide-eyed, long-lashed dollies.  It's just what girls do, right?Or perhaps it's your boy toting the doll, whether it.... read more

  • Who's Rockin' Out Now?

    Eliza Clark - Learning » Music

    As parents, we instinctively love to sing to our children, no matter how tone-deaf we may be. And they like nothing better than to listen, and join in when they have learned the tune. Much preschool learning is built around songs—alphabet songs, counting songs, animal songs,.... read more

  • Someone's in the Kitchen

    Eliza Clark

    "Someone's in the kitchen with Dinah, someone's in the kitchen I kno-o-o-ow..." Looking for someone to be in the kitchen with you? We know the perfect sous-chef, pint-sized though he may be. Delighted that your preschooler gets such joy from her pretend stovetop but wishing to.... read more

  • Fairy Tales Are Essential

    Eliza Clark

    You don't need us to tell you that glittering princesses and their associated fairies, prince charmings, and evil foes are among the most common and intense of preschooler passions. And in a challenge to every parent's sense of moderation, those princesses are everywhere. From.... read more

  • Buggy for Bugs

    Eliza Clark

    What is it about insects that fascinates small kids? Could it simply be the fact that ants and grasshoppers and ladybugs are so much smaller than they are? For persons who are accustomed to looking up, it must be refreshing, even exhilarating to look down from such a significa.... read more

  • Building Blocks

    Eliza Clark

    In the hands of small children, building materials of all sorts are magic. They are emblematic, we often think, of that amazing alchemy of play, imagination and intense learning that goes in the minds of preschoolers. Blocks need no instructions and hardly an introduction to f.... read more

  • A Passion for Trucks

    Eliza Clark

    A truck-obsessed preschooler is not hard to spot. He (it's usually a he, though not always, by any means!) is the one pushing a toy truck around at the playground, at the beach, at grandma's house, on play dates, in the car, in the stroller, from room to room, in the bath, and.... read more

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