Making Mother’s Day Wishes Come True

Mother’s Day has always been special because I’m able to spend the day with the people who matter most to me. When my children were young, we lived near Washington, D.C. One of my favorite family outings was walking up and down the National Mall on Mother’s Day, popping in and out of museums and stopping for an ice cream snack from the street vendor. Nothing was more special than taking time out from our busy schedules to focus on…

There’s a Reason for All Behavior: Why Young Children Do What They Do

Behaviors are simply means of communication. Young children have not yet developed the cognitive ability to identify and express verbally what it is they need and want. They have not yet mastered the ability to handle the emotional energy of frustration or fear. So, they act out. They may pout. They may scream. They may throw a toy across the room. While the actual behavior must be addressed, it is imperative that parents seek to understand the reason underlying the…

Taking Time Out to Discuss Time-Outs, Rosemary Wells Style

I recently had the opportunity to catch up with a good friend who, in my opinion, is justifiably revered as a superstar in the preschool world. During our conversation, best-selling children’s book author Rosemary Wells referred to herself, as she so often does, as Max and Ruby’s mother. She clearly meant it literally, and I was once again struck by just how seriously she takes her literary role as creator of Max and Ruby – those two beloved storybook bunnies…

Refueling for Spring Sports: Making the Right Choices for Children

With the coming of spring, so begins the season of sports. Soccer season is underway in many parts of the country, as is baseball, softball,…

Building Sibling Bonds: Lessons to Last a Lifetime

When I was pregnant with my second child, I worried that my first would somehow receive less because he would have to share our attention. My wise pediatrician calmed these fears by saying, "You’re giving your child the greatest gift any parent can give a child - a sibling." Now that my children are grown, I couldn’t agree more. However, I know it’s sometimes difficult to relay that sentiment to young children. This is apparent in my twin grandchildren, Allie…

The Wardrobe Fight

A few years ago, when I was childless and not quite yet ready to start a family, a co-worker forwarded me an email titled "So You Think You Want Kids." The article suggested various things would-be parents should do before having a child so they would know what they were getting into. It was a funny article meant to make non-parents scratch their heads, while causing current parents to secretly laugh at us non-parents because we couldn’t possibly comprehend how…

Develop Language Skills Through Story Reading

March is National Reading Month, and what better way to celebrate than by diving into a book? As you read, encourage your child to participate. At age 3, your little one can begin interacting with the story by helping to turn pages, naming objects or completing sentences and rhymes in favorite books. This kind of participation in story reading enhances memory, develops listening skills and promotes personal expression. It also fosters language development and creativity, because children understand they have…

When Your Toddler’s Favorite Word is “No!”

When toddlers declare "no!" over and over, it is a sign of age-appropriate emerging independence. As children ages 18- to 24-months realize they are their own person, they have a rapidly growing experience of needing to test this out and feel their power. This is the first step on a long evolutionary path ahead of them; a path of independence and personal power. (Just wait until the teen years!) Have you noticed -- "no" is a very powerful word? And…

Flying the Friendly Skies – Taking the Stress Out of Flying with Children

On a good day, air travel is stressful. Bring children into the equation and you’re pretty close to reaching critical mass. We have experienced everything from meltdowns in the security line to one of the girls vomiting all over yours truly. Trust me when I tell you that shopping for clothes in an airport is not nearly as fun as it sounds. Aside from arriving early and loading the iPad with movies and games, there are other things you can…
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