I love YOU enough to love ME

Parents and educators often ask me for advice about children’s behavior and development. This often includes things like tempering eruptive emotional responses, establishing better eating habits, cleaning up after themselves, reducing time using technology, or addressing swearing/name calling. Most of the time people want things they can do with or to the child to correctContinue reading “I love YOU enough to love ME”


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?”