The day will come sooner or later—it really can't be avoided: your child will ask for a pet. Then he'll ask again. And again. Then the siblings will chime in. All of a sudden, everyone wants a pet, and that's all anyone talks about. Pretty soon, the requests will be comin.... read more
Housework, ubiquitous housework. The clothes need to get washed, and the toilets need to get scrubbed, and there are the kids, in all of their malleable glory, just yearning to learn a thing or two about the value of hard work. Perhaps, at long last, the time for your kids to .... read more
The house is a mess. You're exhausted and the kids are running all over the house because they have nothing to do. Does it feel like your kids follow you around the house creating messes where you just cleaned one up? It's time for family chores. "The family that clean.... read more
Most of the time, everybody loves an outing. Whether it's a trip to the zoo on a warm, sunny morning, or a romp around the local kids' museum on a wet, gloomy afternoon, getting out, when everybody's up for it, can be an awful lot of fun. But sometimes, as enticing as the .... read more
All this week, we've been talking about the Montessori approach to education and about how many Montessori fundamentals, including giving kids a certain amount of independence and the freedom to make safe and age-appropriate choices, can be successfully implemented at home. To.... read more
One of our most important jobs as parents is to create self-sufficient individuals. In our helicopter-parent culture, we can sometimes be reluctant to give our children the freedoms and responsibilities that will allow them to cultivate this self-sufficiency. Looking to the Mo.... read more
As we think, this week, about all of the things small children can learn and experience just by hanging around at home, visions of cats and dogs, fish and guinea pigs, turtles and bunnies dance in our heads. In a word, pets.Many experts say, and we have to agree, that having a.... read more
Cooking with kids takes a little extra patience, time, and cleanup, but it's worth the extra. When kids cook, they're more likely to eat -- even veggies. They gain confidence and learn skills they'll use forever, and they get math and language practice. Plus, cooking is just p.... read more
Just ten days ago, we were posting in this space on the topic of picture books about self-reliance. Today, our topic is books about home. And there, in a nutshell, is the yin-and-yang, the contradictory impulse at the heart of preschooler existence. They long for indepen.... read more
There are many exciting milestones during the preschool years, and not least among them is moving from a crib to a 'big kid' bed. In and of itself, this is a big step. But it also heralds a much bigger transformation.For as goes the crib, so too will go the changing table,.... read more
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