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 [...]

Chatting With Your Preschooler

Whether you’re a stay-at-home Mom or working full-time, your conversations with your preschooler are precious. They are your opportunity to connect with your preschooler, teach new ideas, and familiarize yourself with his or her inner world. Too often, our conversations with children are overshadowed by the necessary “dos” and “don’ts”. These disciplinary statements can hog [...]

The Key to Communication

Communication is not just about words. Children are communicating with parents to gain attention to their needs well before their first words. Infants wail, fuss, and reach to be picked up. Most toddlers, reach, point, and gesture to indicate what they want, with or without accompanying verbal sounds. All these are forms of communication with [...]

How Your Child Can Thrive in Daycare

More and more families seem to be opting for daycare rather than raising their children at home. In conversation with a colleague one day, we chatted about how many of the families we service are now opting to place their children in daycares. Our joint anecdotal records indicated a rise in families sending children to [...]