Tag: Transitions

A Moment of Beginnings and Endings

Great is the art of beginning, but greater the art is of ending. – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow The pace of activities and anticipation of summer can add to a sense of frenzy in these final school days. Children are excited about vacations and swimming. Parents are ready to shed the early morning commute to school …

Winter Holiday Tools #3: Snowball Goodbye

Winter Holiday Tools #3: Snowball Goodbye Our friend, seven year old S, led a “Snowball Goodbye Game” at the end of a lovely holiday evening of food and playing. Leaving the merriment of a holiday gathering can be a great challenge for children who may be tired but just don’t want the fun to end. …

The Magic Timer

Oh Magic Timer I love you so I set you, And tick, tick, ding It’s time to go. The “magic timer” is a perfect tool for taking the negotiation out of daily transitions. It can provide a sense of discipline for an adult or child. And it can promote the comfort of a limited time …

Life Goes On…

Healing takes courage, and we all have courage, even if we have to dig a little to find it. – Tori Amos When a parent gets sick, life goes on. Kids have to get up and get ready for school. Lunches must be packed. Homework has to get accomplished. It can be a real struggle …

New Early Childhood Transitions Support

The readiness is all. – William Shakespeare As I looked back at early March of 2013, I was thinking about E’s transition from preschool into kindergarten. What a major transition that was for him and for our entire family. I spent a considerable amount of time researching and finding ways to ease that significant change. …

In-between Here and There

Long ago, but not so very long ago The world was different, oh yes it was Time goes by, time brings changes, you change, too Nothing comes that you can’t handle, so on you go –       Our Town from the Cars movie, by James Taylor[i] These words were sung in my house yesterday by my …