Tots, Toys, and Teethers

Your baby puts everything in her mouth; fingers, toes, and toys, even the little bits of lint that she finds on the floor…ew! It’s natural to find this practice disgusting, and many parents constantly worry about germs and choking. When your baby begins crawling it only gets worse…she can now access just about everything on [...]

Children of Mother Nature

Children are little scientists at heart. They love to explore the world around them, and their curiosity is boundless. With the great outdoors as their classroom, learning is simple, seamless, and almost intuitive. When a child is outside, s/he can touch, taste, smell, hear, and see the world around him. All of the senses are [...]

Beyond “Red Fish, Blue Fish”

For children who are developing an understanding of the world and the way it works, learning to recognize colors is just a part of becoming familiar with the many detailed elements of life. By the age of 18 months, most babies can recognize and differentiate between colors. By 36 months, your child should be able [...]

When Story Time is a Struggle

Many parents want to read with their children, but they find it too stressful, frustrating, or altogether impossible. A parent named Molly confided to me that reading routines with her 18-month old sweetie, Isabelle, are practically nonexistent. “She just won’t sit and listen to a book.” Molly groaned. “If I try to read to her [...]

Get Down and Play!

Do you play with your child? While playtime with an adult is not as much of an existential need as nourishment, attention, and physical touch, it IS a precious opportunity that you don’t want to miss. Playtime presents many ways to help your child develop foundational social skills, develop critical thinking, and enhance language. Play [...]

Spoiler Alert!

Almost every family has one; the adult who just can’t tell a child “no.” Often an individual with a soft spot for children, the spoiler caves on demand and allows himself or herself to be easily manipulated by the child’s whims. The spoiler enjoys pampering, has trouble setting limits, and is instantly overwhelmed by the [...]

Choosing to Communicate

Nick was frustrated. Nick’s mom was frustrated too. Nick is non-verbal, and relies on his mom to figure out what he wants. This adorable, super-active and very self-directed almost-three-year-old was having multiple, drawn-out tantrums every day. It’s common for children to experience feelings of frustration during all stages of development, especially as they become more [...]

Is Tough Love True Love?

Let’s face it; it’s a tough world out there, and kids need to be ready to face it. Once children reach adulthood, they won’t have what they want unless they’re willing to work for it. That’s why many parents like tough love, a catch phrase  used to describe a firm, or even strict parenting style. [...]

Summer Safety Hazards and How to Avoid Them

Summer is the time to turn off the television, get outside and have some great family fun. And with little ones in tow, you’ll want to make sure you’re enjoying the outdoors in the safest way possible. No matter what type of family experience you’re planning, make sure to remember a few important safety tips. [...]

The Autism Toolbox

Working in with the 0-3 population, I see many kids who have a diagnosis of autism. Even so, there are so many more children who have not yet been diagnosed and are just “red flagged” for some concerning indicators. These red flags are usually identified with a tool called the M-CHAT, a standard screening used [...]