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The Simplicity of Childhood

The Simplicity of Childhood

05.29.2014
I always go back to my checklist of asking if my children are safe, happy, healthy and know how much they are loved. If I am able to check...
Schools in Slums: A Surprising Number of the Poorest Kids Are Enrolled in Private Preschools

Schools in Slums: A Surprising Number of the Poorest Kids Are Enrolled in Private Preschools

05.29.2014
There are many things a person expects to see when walking through Mukuru, a vast expanse of sheet metal and mud located just to the southeast...
Coping With a Toddler Tantrum in a Stressful Situation

Coping With a Toddler Tantrum in a Stressful Situation

05.27.2014
She did not want me near her. She did not want to hear my words of comfort. She just wanted her Daddy back.
10 Valuable Lessons I Learned After Two Weeks With My Grandchild

10 Valuable Lessons I Learned After Two Weeks With My Grandchild

05.26.2014
Two weeks with a two-year-old and I've learned lessons that I never learned in school or from the 20 years I've spent working with families....
11 Great Things About Preschoolers

11 Great Things About Preschoolers

05.26.2014
I wish I had savored my son's preschool years the same way I am enjoying his current tween phase. Ten is great, but he'll never be 3 again,...
4 Steps to Deal With A Tantrum

4 Steps to Deal With A Tantrum

05.23.2014
t the point where your child enters into the stage of tantrums, having a strategy for how to deal with their outbursts will help keep you...
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Not Pictured

05.22.2014
The truth is, while I rationally know that we have made the absolute best decision to send Claire to a developmental preschool, I still...
Where Joy Is Found

Where Joy Is Found

05.22.2014
She doesn't yet know about the enchanted world of Disney, but two months ago she saw Minnie Mouse. She sat propped in a little girl's room...
How To Understand Your Alien Toddler

How To Understand Your Alien Toddler

05.22.2014
I am not suggesting that toddlers have free reign. We adults help socialize our alien toddlers by teaching them, over time, about our earthly...
To Competitive Parents, From A Parent Who Hates The Rat Race

To Competitive Parents, From A Parent Who Hates The Rat Race

05.21.2014
Look, I am no better than anyone else who is caught playing this game. I am one of the most competitive people I know. But I now realize...
3 Simple Minutes to Think the Best of My Daughter

3 Simple Minutes to Think the Best of My Daughter

05.19.2014
We've never had to break stride before; it's always been a given that we hold hands when cars are nearby; an easy and understood agreement....
A Mother's Lesson in Listening

A Mother's Lesson in Listening

05.16.2014
My parents stayed together for us kids, but I chose not to. By the time my son celebrates his second birthday, his father and I will be...
10 Ways Twitter Is Like Parenting A Toddler

10 Ways Twitter Is Like Parenting A Toddler

05.16.2014
There's a familiar sensation that there is something we should be attending to, a need we should be paying attention to... But what is...
I Really Need a Fish in My Life

I Really Need a Fish in My Life

05.15.2014
"Daddy," he said, turning toward me, the palms of his not-yet 3-year-old hands up, arms spread. "I really need a fish in my life." He squinted...