It is often said that "the world is a classroom" and that is true for no one more than for young children. Before the school years begin, they learn, for the most part, just by taking it all in: touching, tasting and smelling, listening, and above all, looking. No one unders.... read more
Sit-down snacks are the ace in the hole of beleaguered parents and, in fact, of anyone who eats! Consider this scenario: Your child gets down from the table having eaten little or nothing. He is back 5 minutes later, wanting a cookie. Or this one: He has eaten well, but happen.... read more
What is stumping you today? If you are a parent of young children, there's probably something. Non-existent naps? Squabbling siblings? Finicky eaters? And those are just a few of the most common dilemmas of the preschool years. Every family is also bound to have their very own.... read more
Environmental stewardship isn't an all-or-nothing deal. Every little change is helpful to the environment and can have surprising benefits in other areas of life. Enlisting your children in that effort will not only teach them about having consideration for everything around t.... read more
When you were a little kid I'm sure you heard the adage, "It's better to give than to receive" at least once. Generally this was heard around the holidays, when a lot of giving -- and getting -- was going on. It was occasionally heard at birthdays and even ever-so-frequently a.... read more
Anyone with young children will tell you that empathy is a skill that has to be learned. As parents we are challenged with the task of raising kind and charitable offspring. When your two-year-old is beating her older brother about the head with the shovel, this may not seem p.... read more
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
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
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
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
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