Dinner: Delight or Disaster?

A smiling face is half the meal. –          Proverb Food is inherently social. Often mealtime can be a source of great stress with children. Each family members’ unspoken goals for the meal can differ. Parents want kids to sit down with them,… Read More

A Truly Good Morning

I love the mornings! I clap my hands every morning and say, ‘This is gonna be a great day!’ –      Dicky Fox, Jerry Maguire, 1996 Do you consider yourself a morning person? Are you someone who loves to get up bright and… Read More

Play and a Happy Holiday to You!

In play, a child is always above his average age, above his daily behavior; in play, it is as though he were a head taller than himself. – Lev Vygotsky (1896-1934) Since Christmas is the holiday I celebrate in the coming week… Read More

What Can I Do about Sandy Hook Elementary School?

Making the decision to have a child – it’s momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart walking around outside your body. –       Elizabeth Stone And this is the very reason why the events of Sandy Hook Elementary School have… Read More

The Joy of Giving

Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love. – Lao Tzu The holiday season is an ideal time to help children learn about the joy of giving. When parents teach children to think about their… Read More

Gifts from the Heart

It’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving. ― Mother Teresa Many of the major magazines are publishing gift guides with lots of smart ideas to make holiday shopping easy. That’s fine for presents that cost… Read More

Waiting Games

I grew up with six brothers. That’s how I learned to dance – waiting for the bathroom. –       Bob Hope Waiting can try the patience of the most even tempered adults. If you have to wait with children, it can be a… Read More

A Grateful State of Mind

If you worry and you can’t sleep, just count your blessings instead of sheep and you’ll fall asleep counting your blessings. –          Count your Blessings, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, 1942 It’s true. People who think about what they are grateful for do… Read More

Boo! Common Fears and How to Help Children Deal with Them

Halloween is a perfect time to think about what scares us. It’s only human to have fears but there are healthy ways to approach them to ensure that they don’t paralyze you or your child. Certainly the way a parent handles a… Read More

Is this School about Heart and Head?

An atmosphere that provides support for one’s social and emotional learning and competence versus one that does not can make a huge difference in a child’s life. The difference is equal to the difference in the outcome of throwing seeds on cement… Read More