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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.

Mud Brought Them Together

on Mon, 06/22/2015 - 16:30

My daughter was a year old - crawling but not yet walking and my son was four.  When we went outdoors that spring my son went to his dirt pile for some serious digging and my daughter played with plastic toys, stuffed animals, books – whatever we placed nearby. 

Celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week!

on Fri, 05/01/2015 - 15:14

May 4-8 is Teacher Appreciation Week! Here are five ideas to show the teachers in your life that you appreciate their work and dedication to young children! 

The Not-So-Magic Word

on Tue, 02/03/2015 - 10:57

Often in my preschool, while sitting around the lunch table, a child will say, “Open my yogurt.” If I don’t respond immediately he’ll repeat: “Open my yogurt!” I’ll turn and say, “Could you ask me a different way?” And he’ll say, “Please!” with a look of victory on his face.


My Electronics-Free Holiday

on Sun, 12/07/2014 - 15:22

It was December 1995 and my mother—a die-hard early childhood educator—had decided to conduct an experiment. There would be no battery-operated toys for Christmas—at least not in her house. She would not purchase them for me or my brother that year. When grandparents, and other relatives asked her what gifts we wanted she made clear to them to avoid anything battery operated or that required electricity. “We’re trying something new this year. No electronic toys.” she explained. 

Giving Thanks to Early Intervention Specialists this Thanksgiving

on Tue, 11/25/2014 - 09:22

This Thanksgiving, we should hold early intervention specialists in our hearts. These are miracle workers who work through frustrating, galling issues that have the power of changing a child’s life forever.

Tips for Easing School-Time Anxiety from a Mom Who’s Been There

on Tue, 09/02/2014 - 10:52

From day one, my son Nick had school-related anxiety.  My happy-go-lucky little boy was transformed into a hand-wringing, hive-ridden worrier.  I truly expected him to bounce on the bus - happy to finally be like older siblings.  Yet what occurred was much different.