When Things Don’t Feel Right. Your Toddler and Sensory Processing

Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) is a disorder of the sensory systems.  Basically, things don’t feel right.  SPD can effect any or all of the sensory systems.  These include the systems that govern vision, hearing, touch, taste, smell, balance and motor function.  SPD can be a symptom of a larger disorder, such as autism, or itRead more

Concerned About Your Child’s Development? Don’t Wait

Most parents have a few moments of worry about their child’s developmental progression.  Is he talking enough?  Why isn’t he walking?  Why does she play alone at playdates?  Usually, it is totally normal.  Children learn and grow at different speeds and most everyone is on the same track by kindergarten.  Having been on both sidesRead 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

Does Your Child Have Trouble Letting Things Go?

Can your child bounce back after something disappointing or upsetting happens?  Is he able to solve problems rationally?  Does he know the difference between a “big deal” and a “little deal”?  Lots of kids struggle with letting things go after a set-back.  Everything seems like a big deal, which can be overwhelming. Kids are stillRead more

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

This Book Could Spell Success For Your Fearful Preschooler

Children in between the ages of 4-8 are learning and growing everyday.  Not only are they beginning to develop academic skill such as reading and math, but they are also figuring out life.  Books are powerful teaching tools.   While many deal with concepts such as letters, numbers and colors, few cover topics such asRead more

Beautiful Etsy Toys That Inspire Independent Play

Etsy is a virtual treasure chest of gorgeous toys.  Who needs the big box stores when you can buy from independent and creative people who actually design and handcraft these things, right?  But toys have to do more than look pretty. They have to be durable enough to withstand years of play and they need toRead more

Toy Review – I Never Forget A Face Memory Game by Eeboo

Multicultural toys and games are hard to find, so we were excited to check out the I Never Forget a Face Memory Game by Eeboo.  Eeboo is known for it’s beautifully illustrated games and this memory match game is no exception.  Each game comes with 24 pairs of different children’s faces for matching.  Each faceRead 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

Help! My Toddler is Obsessed…

Dear Fledglingkids, A few months ago, I noticed my toddler becoming very fixated on the characters from the movie Planes.  Dusty and Skipper are the only thing he wants to play with, Planes is the only book he wants to read, and, of course, Planes is the only movie he will watch.  We are goingRead more