Seeing clearly involves the three "tripod" legs of openness, objectivity, and observation that stabilize our mindsight lens. When we see more clearly, we can become aware of our own internal world in a more helpful way—and also be better equipped to see our child's inner .... read more
The business of raising children, what with its spills and thrills and orthodontist appointments and outgrown sneakers, does not always lend itself to introspection and quietness of mind. And yet, as any parent who's ever taken a moment to catch his or her breath can attest, p.... read more
Mazes can be traced back to as early as the 5th century BC Egyptians, with early records placing the Egyptian Labyrinth as more fantastical than even the pyramids. We see mazes appear in literature as early as the story of the Greek myth of the Minotaur. Fortunately for u.... read more
My focus is creativity and how we as parents and caregivers can encourage a fulfilled and creative life in our children as they grow and mature. So, towards that end, I turn to the young child as a social being and how being able to tap into their creativity, which in turn mea.... read more
Kids gain many things from a typical summer vacation: physical strength and dexterity; athletic skills; creative inspiration; time to play, think, and imagine; new interests and friendships. Mental quickness, however, isn’t generally one of them. Parents hear a lot of ala.... read more
Whether your child is on the autism spectrum, has developmental delays or another diagnosis, these activities are a great way to sneak in skill development while playing. Below are five great activities for some fun on a rainy day, or any day you have to be indoors. Therapi.... read more
Teaching science to preschoolers can sound, at first, off-putting, almost grandiose. Oh, but it's not! It's so fun that it seems almost like cheating to say you're doing it in the guise of opening their little minds to the world around them. Experts tell us that teaching sc.... read more
Laughter is, no doubt, the best benefit of having a happy day. And telling jokes can quickly turn a dull moment into a fun one. Whether at the dinner table, in the car, or just snuggling in bed, we find humor in the every day and in the familiar -- starting with the infamou.... read more
What is a typical three-year-old's favorite word? Excluding "mama" and his own name, the clear winner has to be the word "why?" Our two-year-olds maddened us with "no," but the threes have moved on to a subtler means of confounding their parents. "Why" at the start of a child'.... read more
"Let's do a puzzle."Sounds kind of quaint, doesn't it? So many myriad other games and entertainments have come along to occupy children that plain old puzzles can seem downright antiquated.And yet, teachers and developmental experts will tell you that there is still noth.... read more
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