Young girl inspecting a clover in a green field
    January 26, 2015
    The Importance of Playing, Puttering, and Pretending

      When our first child was born I was determined to do everything I could to "optimize" his development. This had even begun during my pregnancy, when I listened to lots of classical music, took …

    Toddler playing peek-a-boo
    July 18, 2014
    Childhood Unplugged — The Importance of Play From Birth and Beyond

    Children today are surrounded by flashing lights, screens and plenty of noise. Going unplugged doesn't need to be a punishment; it can instead be the key to a world left unexplored. As a busy homescho…

    Surviving Children: Laugh
    September 2, 2011
    Surviving Children: Laugh

    I saved the best post for last!  As a mom of a 4 year old, 2 year old and 8  month old, I learned the value of laughter! Laughter is a good medicine. It balms the soul when the waves of anxiety buff…

    The Cheapest Baby
    October 7, 2010
    The Cheapest Baby

    A few days ago, I visited one of those enormous baby depots filled with approximately twelve billion useless plastic contraptions.  A friend of mine is expecting and judging by the wish list she hand…

    June 5, 2009
    Immunity – Benefits of Touch & Massage

    Touch is your baby’s most highly developed sense at birth, and was the first sense her brain registered during gestation. Because of this, and because touch is the most ancient sense from an evoluti…

    Separation Anxiety When Only Mom Will Do
    July 2, 2001
    Separation Anxiety – When Only Mom Will Do

    Many children strongly prefer one parent over every other person in the world for a brief period of time. Usually, they prefer their mothers for a period (ranging in length from approximately one mont…