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Two Proven Products That Will Help Your Child Sleep

“He’s been up since 4:30 am,” a tired parent told me at preschool drop-off.  This was not an isolated incident.  This particular 3 year old was up early every morning.  Maybe not 4:30 am early but 5:00 or 5:30 am early which, let’s face it, is EARLY.  Every parent knows that they are not reallyRead 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

Eggspressions Game by Hape. Is It All It’s Cracked Up To Be?

Eggspressions is a “game of feelings” by Hape.  All toys by Hape are generally high quality, with this game being no exception.  Each Eggspressions game comes with six wooden eggs, each with a face portraying a different feeling – afraid, angry, excited, happy, sad, and shy.  It also comes with matching bases for each egg,Read more

Pet Success!

As a child, I constantly had a face full of scratch marks because I could not leave out family cat alone.  I dressed him up, brushed him, forced him to sleep with me and generally enjoyed torturing him ( not really, but probably in his mind).  He lived for 18 years and I can honestlyRead more

We’ve All Been There.

In her recent Washington Post article, Julie Vick writes about two kinds of experiences parents flying with young children have.  The first, where strangers remark on the child’s good inflight behavior and the second, where where all eye contact is avoided as the parent and child are exiting the plane! We’ve all been there!  FlyingRead more

Make A Plan for Separation Success!

Regardless of where you’re going, anytime you leave your young child, there is a chance of tears.  Separation anxiety is normal and expected from ages 6 months to 4 years (and sometimes beyond).  In babies, it is a result of the development of “object permanence” which means that the baby understands that something exists, evenRead more

Why Babies Love to Look at Faces

True fact: babies are hardwired to look at and recognize faces.  Why? Because it helps them bond with parents and caregivers.Read more

Alone Play is OK!

Does your child know how to play alone?  Responses from parents can vary.  Some parents wish their children would play alone more.  Some worry about how much their children choose to play alone.  The answer lies somewhere in between and has more to do with the type of alone play, rather than the amount ofRead more

The Importance of Open Ended Play

These are “baby eggs” in a nest built by my three year old niece. This nest is an super example of open ended play. Think “back in the day” play before the Ipad, cell phone and toys that talk back. When you went outside and played with no adult facilitation. These materials were not givenRead more