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
Our preschoolers are a few years away from geography homework (thank goodness!). But still, we think this age is a perfect time to add a few new geography-ish books to a child's library. We're thinking, especially, of books that will transport us (parents and kids together.... read more
It's a very big world out there, but sometimes life with small children can make the world feel as though it has shrunk down to the size of your own house and neighborhood. Small children are naturally most interested in what they can lay their bright eyes and grubby hands.... read more
Communication between parents and children is constant, but it's not always of the kind we most wish to have. The practicalities of daily life often call for a lot of commands, not to mention reprimands, and on a bad day these can form the bulk of what we say to our children. .... read more
Hah. It's really quite preposterous for me to offer up a tips list on this subject. A tendency to fly off the handle is one of my most disagreeable and persistent traits, and something I battle with -- largely unsuccessfully -- every day. For me, anger is the most tempting of .... read more
In our first column, we introduced the idea that how parents make sense of their own early life history is one of the best predictors of how their child will become attached to them. At the heart of that process is integration, the linkage of differentiated parts of a system. .... read more
There's no doubt that you do an awful lot of talking to your young children, but all too often it may seem as if your words go unheard. Communication is obviously a two-way process, but there are some steps you can take on your end to ensure successful conversations with your .... read more
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
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