This week I had the pleasure of hearing one of my favorite early childhood experts/authors, Dan Gartrell, speak at the NAEYC professional learning institute. In this session he emphasized that “readiness is not a state of knowledge but a state of mind”. This is an excellent reminder for parents and teachers that preparing children forContinue reading “Readiness”


Adult: “Please hold my hand as we cross the street.”Child: “Why?”Adult: “So I can make sure you’re safe.”Child: “Why?”Adult: “Because that’s my job and I love you!”Child: “Why?” Adult: “Let’s get some bananas when we stop at the grocery store”Child: “why?”Adult: “So we have them as an option for breakfast or snacks”Child: “why?”Adult: “Because they’reContinue reading “Why?”

Just Between Us

“We can keep this just between us, ok?” Seems innocent enough, right? Sneaking a cookie before dinner, a cartoon on a school day. No one needs to know, right?  Sometimes adults unintentionally reenforce children’s dishonesty by initiating sweet, playful secrets. “Ok, but just this once, and don’t tell your mom.” As adults, this may feel likeContinue reading “Just Between Us”