Just as we may set goals for ourselves, guiding our children in goal setting is valuable to their own creative development. Studies show that children (and adults) who define their own goals and reflect on their struggles and accomplishments are more likely to have success wit.... read more
As the new year turns, parents of four and five-year-old preschoolers are looking back and looking forward and thinking: can it be that there is only half a year of preschool left? And then we're onto...kindergarten?!And each one of us is also thinking: is my child ready for t.... read more
Ah, the new year. A clean slate, a fresh start. White, crisp sheets of paper ready for the next chapter of your family's story. A time of possibility, predictions, and promises. Resolutions and reflections.Do you have rituals to start the year off? Good luck charms like .... read more
My six-year-old gave me a blue ribbon the other day. It is adorned with a decal, "World's Best Mom," in bright pink lettering, as well as a few decorative butterflies, stars, a crown, and a soccer ball. She presented it to me proudly, with a big kiss and a hug. It wasn't.... read more
Of the many forehead-thumping revelations that come with parenting preschoolers, not least is this one: our little ones teach us a whole lot more than we teach them. Or at least it often feels that way, especially when we are trying to teach them something. More often than not.... read more
Another June, another school year coming to a close, and another set of good-byes. No matter how many times a teacher experiences the emotions of June and its inevitable good-byes, it never seems to get any easier or more routine. Each September we are delivered a fresh batch .... read more
Who do we look to for inspiration as parents? When we are not quite sure of the next step, when the way through difficulty seems unclear, when we're feeling a bit inadequate to the task (why does parenting make us feel that way?)....We've already visited some of those inspirat.... read more
Being the parent of a small child is nothing if not perplexing and ever challenging. Just when you think you've got the routine down, that little one decides to grow and change and test you -- so you need some new tricks, fast! Where do you turn? How do you figure it ou.... read more
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