Skip directly to content


Our Learning Moments

Our Learning Moments is a blog where families share stories about their children’s learning. We’re excited that so many of you have submitted your stories. We post stories from families about young children’s (birth through age 8) learning moments on an ongoing basis. Interested in writing for Review our writing guidelines and submit your idea!


6 Words You Should Say Today

on Wed, 02/03/2016 - 00:00

Very rarely does one sentence have immediate impact on me. Very rarely does one sentence change the way I interact with my family. But this one did. It was not from Henry Thoreau or some renowned child psychologist. It was invaluable feedback from children themselves. And if I’ve learned anything on my Hands Free journey, it is that children are the true experts when it comes to grasping what really matters in life. 

Unexpected Benefits: What I Learned When I Joined NAEYC and How it Shaped Me as a Parent

on Wed, 01/20/2016 - 11:21

I first learned about NAEYC when my kids were in a full-time child care center and their teachers wanted to attend NAEYC’s Annual Conference and Expo. With other parents, I helped raise money so they could attend, and I was excited to hear about their experiences when the conference was over. As a parent, my knowledge of NAEYC started and stopped there. 

Did Your Children Receive Tech Gifts? What to Keep in Mind As They Play

on Mon, 01/04/2016 - 12:30

As tablets, smart phones, and large screen televisions connected to the internet transform households across the county, these devices become part of family gift giving. And whether someone purchased a technology related gift for your child or your child used a tablet that was a gift for you, it’s important to think about the quality of the content your children will interact with while using screen media as well as how much time you want your children to spend using tech toys and tools.


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

on Wed, 12/16/2015 - 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.  


Selecting Gifts for the Young Children in Your Life

on Tue, 12/08/2015 - 09:57

With the holidays quickly approaching, we’ve compiled some ideas on toys, play, and family learning that will come in handy when selecting gifts for the young children in your life.

Time Goes By So Fast: Play Makes Meaningful Memories

on Wed, 11/04/2015 - 10:31

When your kids are little everyone says, “Treasure this time. It goes by so fast.” When in the midst of changing diapers or getting the call to pick up a sick child from school, it’s hard to believe that being there, wanting you, needing you is a period in time. It’s over all of a sudden. 

Why Every Parent Should Know About NAEYC's Annual Conference

on Thu, 09/24/2015 - 13:45

The Annual Conference is a powerful opportunity for professional growth. I’ve seen the impact attending can have firsthand with my own kids’ teachers and I urge parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles to learn more themselves and to consider organizing efforts to send your teachers, directors and childcare providers.

Magic Happens When Grandparents Care for Grandchildren

on Mon, 09/07/2015 - 13:54

Here are some ways I believe grandparents can have unique connections with young grandchildren that foster them to learn and grow.

Transitioning from Kindergarten to First Grade: It’s Not Always Easy

on Tue, 08/18/2015 - 16:03

School related anxiety is real, and sometimes it can be worse for some children more than others. One NAEYC intern recalls her experience transitioning from Kindergarten to First Grade and provides some helpful tips to ease your child's qualms about school. 

Spread the Love (of Books)!

on Mon, 07/27/2015 - 15:33

Yes, you’ve seen me. I was that kid—the one wobbling out of the library, a mass of black hair barely perceptible behind a crooked tower of borrowed books. From the Spot lift-the-flap books, to, later on, the Encyclopedia Brown mysteries, I devoured children’s literature. I grew up in a working-class neighborhood that happened to be situated in a wealthy county—though I didn’t own many texts, I never wanted for reading material. Sadly, that’s not true for many children.