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Jellyfish or Bubbles: What a Trip to the Aquarium Revealed About How Toddlers Learn

on Tue, 07/18/2017 - 10:29

When our son could barely speak he communicated what he was thinking by signing.   I still remember one particularly memorable story to this day because of what it revealed to me about how toddlers think and learn. 

Forget the Playroom...Take Them Outside!

on Mon, 06/19/2017 - 11:34

Ok, so maybe you don’t need to ditch your child’s playroom all together, but there are so many reasons you should consider more outdoor play time with your child, and here are a few.

Saturday Mornings with Dad

on Thu, 06/08/2017 - 13:14

As a new father navigating the yet unknown and mysterious waters of parenthood – I thought a group just for dads and their infants and toddlers would be beneficial, for many reasons, so I started Saturday Mornings with Dad in Anchorage, Alaska.

Five Ideas to Encourage Learning This Summer

on Thu, 05/25/2017 - 14:04

School may be out for the summer, but there are lots of opportunities for young children to play and learn! Here are five ideas.

To the parents of children who stare at my disabled daughter

on Tue, 03/28/2017 - 17:00

My goal here is not to raise awareness about the medical side of Trisomy-18—if you’ve read to this point, you’ve come close to the end of my knowledge—but rather to consider the manner in which you are most likely to encounter a child with Trisomy-18; out and about with your own child. Older kids (and their parents) will sneak a surreptitious glance at Esprit. Many adults will smile and some will approach her, always with warmth.

Encouraging Your Child to Lead

on Tue, 03/07/2017 - 13:38

When children have opportunities to make decisions and increase their independence, they see that their own identity is important. They are able to build confidence when their thoughts and opinions are valued by those around them.

Splish Splash: Science Time Without Spending a Dime

on Mon, 03/06/2017 - 13:42

Toddlers love water. As a parent, you can either see this interest as an “uh oh” waiting to happen or you can embrace it and turn it into a teachable moment. Toddlers' natural curiosity about what is going on in the world makes them perfect little scientists. As parents we just have to be a little creative in finding experiences that are fun, cheap, and meaningful.

Let’s Eat (Well)!

on Sun, 02/19/2017 - 12:40

If the maxim, “You are what you eat,” were really true, then I would have been a sloppy-joe-tater-tot-greasy-green-bean monster in elementary school. But I’d have been in good company. A large percentage of my classmates who also purchased lunch from the cafeteria would have also been in the same, soggy boat.

"What's the harm if I paint my arm?": A Toddler's Guide to Sensory Activities in the Home

on Wed, 01/04/2017 - 10:08

Just as infants and toddlers need experience crawling or scooting to learn to walk and babbling and crying to learn to talk, they need to practice using their hands to control art supplies and practice using their minds to figure out how art supplies work. They need the time and freedom to be curious and creative. 

Making the Holidays More Meaningful: How You can Teach Values this December

on Wed, 11/30/2016 - 10:24

In my experience of teaching young children the deeper meaning of holidays, starting with values is an easy way for adults to remind themselves what holidays are all about, and shape children’s identities as compassionate people of character. Here are some ideas to help your kids (and yourself) enjoy the true meaning of the winter holiday season, no matter which holiday you celebrate at home.