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Holiday Gifts That Will Help Your Child Calm Down

  Most young children could be described as “active” but if your child is “REALLY active“, how do you help him calm down?  Parents often struggle to find toys and activities to that don’t rev kids up even more, especially at certain times of the day.  Everyone needs to relax, right? Check out these toysRead more

Preventing After School Meltdowns

Jenna is a kindergartener who loves school.  She enthusiastically goes each day and is one of the more engaged students in the class.  By all accounts, her first month of kindergarten has been a huge success and her parents are relieved and happy that all is well at school. But once Jenna gets home, thingsRead more

The Best Enrichment is Nature.

My daughter is only three, but already there are a bewildering number of programs available to “enrich” her childhood.  There are preschool classes in yoga, music, art, martial arts, and science (to name a few).  They are all wonderful and needed, no doubt.  But, I have decided that all these choices can detract from theRead more

Preparing Your Child For An IV

Having a young child undergo a medical procedure is a stressful experience for children and parents alike.  One of the best ways to support your child is to prepare them for the experience ahead of time.  Preparing children for experiences lessens anxiety and increases coping skills An IV stands for intravenous—when fluids or medicines areRead more

Bugs, Beards, Escalators, and Everything In Between. How to Help Your Child Through Common Fears

As a three year old, I was pretty fearless, but there was one thing that scared the heck out of me – escalators.  They were tall, they were steep, they moved, and I was pretty sure that you could get sucked in at the bottom.  I vividly remember crying and screaming when it was theRead 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

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

Why Parents Should Care About Gender Stereotyping

Gender sterotyping is a hot topic these days.  Simply put, it is a society’s overgeneralization of the characteristics and differences based on a person’s gender. Women are better at housework, cooking and taking care of children. Men are stronger and better at yard work and repairing things. Men are career oriented and make more moneyRead more

Enabling self-help skills is worth the trouble.

“I do it MYSELF!” my two year old friend happily insisted as he struggled to put his coat on.  It was going to take forever.  Getting the coat on his body was the first step, then trying to thread the zipper (then the actual zipping).  Next came the snaps on the outside of the zipperRead 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