It's no wonder that we, as adults, romanticize childhood, as there is no other time in life so rich with promise and raw beginning. Think back to your own childhood, to the strangeness and stickiness of being four- or five-years-old, to the hugeness of everyone and everythin.... read more
Before children learn how to draw figures, they love to fingerpaint, and especially to make handprints. If you let them, they'll spend hours slapping their paint covered hands down onto paper, filling pages and pages with smeary imprints of themselves. They never seem to tire .... read more
With small children around, there is always something new. The moment they've mastered one thing, they're on to the next thing. The moment we, their parents, have gotten used to one way of doing things, it's time for a different approach. By the time they are three or four.... read more
It's hard to believe now, but in just a few short years, many of the books and toys you've so carefully chosen for your little ones will seem hopelessly babyish. Your "big kids" will be reading and playing and building in new ways, and they'll want new books and toys to go.... read more
We love preschoolers beyond belief: their imagination, their wild and wacky ways, their energy, their cuddles and sweetness. It’s very hard to think of them growing up and becoming… big kids. Yet it does happen rather quickly, for there is only a very thin band of time s.... read more
It starts with "be gentle" and then on to "can you share" and so begins the slow process of socializing babies and toddlers. "Let's take turns," "let's be kind to our friends," and on and on. Preschool teachers are known for their ability to teach three- and four-year-olds p.... read more
The transition from preschool to elementary school can be trying for parents and children. Longer days, more regimented scheduling and new routines are par for the course. Many adapt to it like a fish to water, while others balk at the change in routine. Whatever the situa.... read more
It's one of the truisms that everyone repeats over and over, and no one can quite seem to believe: "They grow up so fast." The lady at the grocery store will say it when you take your first shopping trip with your newborn swaddled in his stroller. Your friend who hasn't seen .... read more
Young children have a tremendous desire to learn about themselves, and an almost limitless capacity for introspection. They are just enthralled with their own small selves -- and, developmentally, they are supposed to be.At the same time, we, their lucky parents, desperately w.... read more
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