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  • Bowls of fresh fruits and veggies.

    Solution #3: Bring on the Colors!

      “Colors are like instruments in symphony—the more you have, the richer the experience.” That’s the analogy I use with kids when I talk about the importance of eating your colors. The truth: none of us are eating enough colors. Veggie and fruit intake is woefully low relative to recommended levels. But taking a stand […] Read full story

  • Girl preparing Brussels spouts to cook

    Solution #2: Cook With Your Kids, Not For Your Kids

      Home cooking may be the solution to the food challenges we face, but as busy parents how do we actually make it happen? And when we do find time to cook, how do we get our kids to eat the healthy foods we make? This week, in the series Getting Kids to Eat Real […] Read full story

  • A child holding a heap of Brussels sprouts

    Solution #1: Getting Kids to Eat Real Food: A No Stress Guide

    Coming together around the family table for a home cooked meal is one of the most powerful things you can do for the lifetime health of your kids—and it starts as early as your little one can sit in a highchair. But it’s also one of the most difficult challenges busy parents face. Life is […] Read full story

  • Children holding hands and dancing

    Art, Music and Child Development in the Age of Technology

      I have been writing all week about young children as quintessential artists – naturally curious and endlessly creative. I have also stressed the fundamental importance of physicality in art and music. You have to actually make music and art to understand them, both in real time and in developmental time. What does this mean […] Read full story

  • Child doing painting with a brush

    The Eight Best Ways for Children to Learn About Art  

      As I stood looking at an exhibit of toddler art on the wall of my school one day, the parent standing next to me said, “This rivals an installation at the Museum of Modern Art”. It was true; all of the elements of form color and texture were there, and not the work of […] Read full story

  • Two girls playing a xylophone

    The Eight Best Ways for Children to Learn About Music

      Ever since researchers discovered that fetuses respond to sound in the sixth month of pregnancy, there have been those in the baby biz that have tried to capitalize on this information. New parents have been manipulated to feel that they need to engage in some sort of special stimulation of their unborn child to […] Read full story

  • Child drawing on a wall

    Creative Expression and Child Development

      At a recent get-together of parents, teachers, and community members interested in supporting the arts, we had a dynamic discussion about the importance of creativity in child development. Those of us from Church Street School for Music and Art stressed the three key reasons for the importance of creativity in our music and art […] Read full story

  • Child's Colorful Painting

    How to Inspire Your Child’s Creative Genius

      Young children are creative dynamos. They surpass adults in their openness to possibility and their willingness to explore without fear. If you give toddlers a drum they immediately create rhythms on it; if you give them paint and a brush they instantaneously drip and rub and mix. In my experience, when most adults sit […] Read full story

  • Stay Tuned for More

    Come back January 2015 for this article by Marcy Axness. In the meantime, check out this awesome tool by Marcy Axness, PhD 7-Step Guide: Help Your Child Release Stuck Behaviors. Read full story

  • Why doesn’t this look right?

    Come back January 2015 for this article by Marcy Axness. In the meantime, check out this awesome tool by Marcy Axness, PhD 7-Step Guide: Help Your Child Release Stuck Behaviors. Read full story