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
Divorce is a foundation-shaking event for young children -- that's the truth of the matter. But divorce is also a part of modern parenting, and census statistics make it clear that's a constant in our world as well. With an eye toward taking the topic both as seriously and as .... 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
Eating well is a joy. In truth, eating good food is a joy. Eating with your family is a joy. Eating well is a lifelong joy. So, where's the joy at your family's dinner table? Woefully missing, all too often. A parent serves up a meal with sides of guilt, hope, and regret. A ch.... read more
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