learning

Toddler Testing: Problem or Opportunity?

October 8, 2013

“Go slowly and with great patience.” Magda Gerber Emma writes: “I really struggle with a particular issue at meal times with my 11 month old son. He is awesome with washing hands, but pulls away, pulls at the cloth, and tries with all his might to throw it on the floor when I wipe his […]

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Tummy Time Baby’s Way

February 21, 2013

Natural, unassisted gross motor development means waiting for baby to choose tummy time. This is how it happens, or at least how it’s happening here… One day before her 5 month birthday, R. turned onto her tummy all by herself. She was startled and didn’t like it much, and immediately let out a loud wail. After […]

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What a 4 Month Old Baby Knows

December 8, 2012

Here’s what you need to know and understand about babies, even very young babies. They are competent, alert, paying attention, and learning all the time. Don’t ever doubt it. Experts used to believe (and some still do) that an infant peacefully lying awake in his crib couldn’t possibly be ‘doing’ anything, or at least not […]

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Nothing Else Matters- The Gift of RIE

October 19, 2012

It’s one of the hardest things I’ve ever done, and I didn’t choose it so much as it chose me. All I had to do was say yes.  It’s like looking into a mirror. There’s no arguing with the reflection. It’s just what is… Reflected back is the good, the bad, the ugly. Do I have […]

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Your Baby Has Decided Something Already ~ Can you see?

August 3, 2012

they say that the beginning is marked by birth never mind what you were doing for ten long months tucked inside your mother’s core they want to swaddle you, pass you, restrain you, decide for you but it was you who decided something already this morning you looked at a ray of sun illuminating your […]

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“Because I’m a Little Boy”

July 17, 2012

  “What day is it?” asked Pooh. “It’s today,” squeaked Piglet. “My favorite day,” said Pooh. ― A.A. Milne It’s summer time, and our routines and schedules are different. The week before last, we were all on vacation. One day last week (the day his sister usually gets out of school early during the school […]

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Does Your Toddler’s Desire to Climb Make YOU Want to Climb The Walls?

June 18, 2012

“Help! My toddler has discovered climbing and tries to climb everything — chairs, tables, gates, bookcases. I am constantly telling him no and pulling him down from things. When we’re at someone else’s house it’s hard to enjoy myself because I’m always chasing him. What can I do to get him to stop? Or is climbing […]

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Sibling Conflicts

June 3, 2012

It is an absolute honor to have been invited by my friend and colleague Gina, The Twin Coach, to contribute some thoughts about ways adults might support siblings to build and strengthen their relationship, even when they are in conflict with each other. In the post, I suggest that sibling struggles and conflicts are normal […]

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Mind In The Making: Seven Essential Life Skills Every Child Needs

May 23, 2012

What can we do to keep the fire in our children’s eyes burning brightly? How can families and teachers give children the life skills they need to cope in our multi-tasking, multimedia, modern world? These are the central questions Ellen Galinsky explores in the book Mind In The Making: Seven Essential Life Skills Every Child Needs.     […]

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Parenting Is A Journey -Sign Posts to Guide You

April 27, 2012

Janis Keyser, author of Becoming The Parent You Want To Be, opened her talk Parenting Is A Journey by sharing that Laura Davis, who is the  co-author of the book, lobbied hard for titling the book Become The Parent You Want To Be. Janis argued that they couldn’t name the book Become The Parent You Want To […]

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