"A-ha!"Sometimes, the lightbulb goes off. The whirlwind of household commotion stops; all suddenly seems clear, uncomplicated, almost easy. You wait, mouth curling into a smile as the revelation develops more fully. Yep, that's it. You got it. A flash of parenting insight. You.... read more
Full disclosure here. I co-own a company that does health education research, graphic design and multimedia development. Which means we build and test interventions to help people live healthy lives. So, when the topic of getting kids to eat more veggies through gardening came.... read more
You strive for a balanced diet for your kids, a happy mix of time with the whole family together and separate outings, a juggled trick of work, life, routine, fun. But wait -- just where is all this "doing" doing? Indoors, most likely. And there's another ball to add in: is yo.... read more
Regardless of what Punxsutawney Phil might have seen last month, in Pittsburgh we've still got two months before we can grow our gardens outdoors. That doesn't mean you can't teach the kids about gardening right now, though. You just have to think outside the box. Or, ra.... read more
A young child's imagination is a fascinating thing to witness and an amazing process in which to participate, for those lucky adults so fortunate to be invited! Preschool-aged children have a rich imaginary experience and from their imagination springs forth powerful creative .... read more
We know how important all that dress-up and pretend play is to our little one's development. We know it's an essential part of the "work" of childhood. We've peeked into what's really afoot when these little darlings play with their dolls and their action figures. We've.... read more
The whole realm of make believe, dress up and role play is so far from the every day tasks to which most of us adults devote ourselves, that it is often difficult for us to appreciate its centrality in young children's lives. And yet, when we really pay attention to our presch.... read more
Science isn't a "should" -- it's a "get to"! Nothing less than the exploration of the wonders of the natural world awaits your little one, if you look at it the right way. Adventure-seekers, come this way! Truthtellers, you too! Mysteries await us, together, in the world of .... read more
Ever wish you could show your child real vegetables and fruits growing off of actual plants? Some people who live in buildings without yards are lucky enough to be assigned a plot of land in one of the city's community gardens. Such people use these little bits of land to gr.... read more
Young children move through their days with such passion and fervor that it is often a skill for a child to pause and just observe. Learning to look is the foundation, the first baby step if you will, to being able to develop creative expression through art. Once a child can r.... read more
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