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Best Feelings Games For Children

If you’re reading this, you probably care quite a bit about your child’s ability to process feelings, demonstrate self-regulation and be a kind, empathetic person.  This is so important, right?  Probably more so than academic skills like reading and math ( in my humble opinion).  Social emotional skills will be the backbone of your child’sRead more

Can My Child Skip Preschool?

In a recent post on Babble, mom Lauren Hartmann writes about why she and her husband decided not to send their 4 year old daughter to preschool.  Hartmann, a stay at home parent, pondered the pros and cons of preschool and ultimately decided that her daughter would be fine without the experience.  One of Hartmann’sRead more

Your Smart Preschooler. Part 1

Living in the same town as an elite university lends itself to a high population of smart kids.  If I had a dollar for every time a parent toured our preschool and let us know that their child was advanced, I would be a wealthy person.  We even had parents request to move their childRead more

How Does Her Face Look? Teaching Your Child to Read Facial Expressions.

A social skill that we adults often take for granted is the ability to decipher how someone is feeling by reading his or her facial expressions.  We probably do this multiple times a day without giving it a second thought.   Interestingly, it is not a skill that most are born with.  It takes lotsRead more

Jack Has Two Moms! Explaining Different Families To Your Child.

Gone are the days of the typical American household with a dad, a mom, and 2.5 kids.  In this day and age, families are more diverse.  For instance, kids with same sex parents are very common.  My own boys have known quite a few friends with two moms or dads and it is really noRead more

The Perfect Gift From a Five Year Old

My five year old niece presented us with some very kind gifts at a recent family reunion.  She had worked so hard to make one for all ten of us.  The coolest thing about them was that they were personalized and even though she lives far away, she remembered what we looked like.  This wouldRead more

Time to Be.

Do your children have time to “just be”?  In our world of hustle and bustle, this can be the best gift that you can give them.  Time to imagine, pretend, and play is good for all aspects of a child’s development and mental health.Read more