Young child sitting on his father's shoulders in a green field.
    January 30, 2015
    The Promise Within Your Child

    Over the course of this week I’ve presented many counter-cultural ideas for fostering a child’s healthiest development, including: opting for imagination and play over reading and writing …

    Mom and son playing outdoors
    January 29, 2015
    Sheltering Childhood Nurtures Your Child

    So far this week I’ve focused on how you can support your child’s healthiest brain development. I thought I might spend today’s post discussing the brain-draining effects of Time-Out…

    young girl with fairy wings flying aginst blue sky with cirrus clouds
    January 28, 2015
    How Boredom Builds Brains … and Screens Can Drain Brains!

    A rhythm of consistency and predictability in everyday life supports a young child’s healthiest brain development. For one thing, it fosters their most robust capacity for self-regulation —…

    Mom and Baby Playing - Photo by Haylee Sherwood
    January 27, 2015
    Brain-Wise Parenting: The Importance of Relationship & Rhythm

    Your Child’s Brain — Built With Love! Yesterday I invited parents to relax about pushing academics for their wee ones, because their best preparation for true intelligence is play. But the…

    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 …