It's a funny thing about reading stories to small children. With a cozy, blanket-clutching child firmly ensconced on your lap (next to you is not close enough—he must be on the lap, you read stories in which a small child (or animal proxy) ventures forth on exciting ques.... read more
I'll never forget the time -- the first time, that is -- my daughter told me she hated me. It's irrelevant in that emotional moment whether the hate is real or justified. All you know is that the person you love more than anyone -- the person you loved through the sleep de.... read more
As every developmental expert you meet will tell you, it is perfectly normal for babies and toddlers to be utterly self-absorbed. Indeed they need to be—they are, after all, struggling just to make their own basic needs known. It is only in the preschool years that young c.... read more
Parents often urge their kids to "be nice" or "be kind" to others. And young children frequently display spontaneous thoughtfulness and empathy.But general tendencies and general exhortations are just too...general.Young children learn best when given concrete, specific exa.... read more
Parents who send their kids off to preschool and kindergarten often hear surprising things when they come home. For starters, kids are acquiring a whole new "lingo," phrases and sayings that help create a set of shared behaviors and customs in the classroom. One of the funnies.... read more
Few parents, no matter how often they might feel impatient and frustrated, set out to model unkindness for their children; in fact, most parents would probably identify the teaching of kindness as one of their primary child-rearing goals. The world, as reports of cyberbullying.... read more
Every young child has a rough day once in a while. Tiredness is often the culprit, but really, almost anything can set a preschooler off. There are so many things they want but can't have. So many rules that seem made to be broken. So many things that don't turn out the way th.... read more
Our family’s back-to-school transition has gone remarkably well this year. My first-grader loves her teacher already, and our big girl has pronounced fourth grade and its new freedoms to be “awesome.” Hooray! But every transition comes with a bump or two, and where th.... read more
There are some years when everything is going swimmingly and we don't question our choices at all. And there are some years when things are going, let's say... not so swimmingly and we start to wonder whether we could be making better choices for our kids. One of our parenting.... read more
Experts agree, it's good to get kids out of the house and amongst other kids to help build social skills. When you have a special needs child, sometimes going places can be difficult. Whether you need wheelchair access or a quieter atmosphere, simple excursions like headin.... read more
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