We struggle to explain work to our preschoolers. In fact, it is really they who could be explaining work to us. They seek it, puffing up proudly after being given a job and relishing the next official job that waits for them. It seems a world-changing scientist shared their pe.... read more
This is a tough post to write, but statistically you will at some point know of a child who needs to be protected from abuse. It is your legal obligation to report any suspected abuse to the proper authorities. If you think a child you know is being abused call 1-800-4-A-CHILD.... read more
My oldest son is four. He often brings up the subject of death. When I tell him not to run into the street, he'll say "Because I will DIE?!" Or when anyone gets hurt, he waits for the blood to come out and says, "If all the blood comes out he will DIE?!" He asks a lot of.... read more
Behold! One of the biggest perks of Gigi turning three is she always wants to help. It's wonderful especially when totally appropriate for her to do. At this age, Gigi is able to do a lot of supervised and unsupervised chores around the house and it makes everyone very happy. .... read more
My oldest son is in 2nd grade and they've just finished up a unit on Community Helpers. Apparently, they had some people working with Junior Achievement in to help with the unit. And when we went to tour the school he'll start in next year, we found out that they also work wit.... read more
For Mother's Day, my kids delivered a heap of wonderful, handmade presents. In addition to beaded necklace and earrings, countless drawings and sweet notes, my older daughter made a little "book" in which she told a story about me. Usually, we tell our children stories, typica.... read more
Certain preschooler questions are so fundamental as to be repeated almost every single day. As in:Preschooler: “Where’s Mommy (or Daddy)?”Answer: “She (or he) went to work.”Preschooler: “What is Mommy (or Daddy) doing?” Grown-up: “Working.”It’s not hard to.... read more
Do you ever daydream about winning the lottery? Where would you start? What you would buy/donate/pay off/put aside/set up first? Imagine, if you will, an opportunity to tell the national lottery (a.k.a. the annual federal budget) where to start when it comes to early childhoo.... read more
Being a parent requires a lot of range. On the one hand, it requires us to think big, to ask ourselves the big questions. After all, we have taken on responsibility for nurturing a soul, and bringing up a person who will have the inner resources to make the most of life, and.... read more
It's a rough world out there. Disease, death, poverty - the list goes on and on. As an adult, it's hard enough to deal with these issues, but as a parent, we must walk a fine line between sheltering our children and talking about the tough stuff. My preschooler is currentl.... read more
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