Child developing handwriting skills.
    Developing Handwriting Skills: When do children learn to write?

    From the moment your baby was conceived you dreamed of what they would look like, of them talking, walking, what they might be like when they grew up. The toddler years are a magical time as you watch…

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    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 -- a fundame…

    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.…

    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 th…

    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 ha…

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    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 …

    The Power of Two

    Back in our younger days, before texting and children and time that just won't stand still, my husband often left little notes for me tucked into unusual places. He has always traveled frequently for …

    Raising Stand Up Kids

    I sigh in frustration with each instance of bullying that makes the news. Whether or not the end result includes a loss, if it's newsworthy, it's tragic in one way or another. I can't help but worry t…

    Letting Go: A Mother’s Challenge

    I'm fun (most of the time). I'm organized (sometimes to a fault). And I'm mellow (which sometimes leads to lazy mornings that never end). But I am not good at change. My babies have grown by leaps and…

    Self-Confidence Matters

    Shy, a little bit anxious, and afraid to make waves, I was never self-confident as a child. I second-guessed almost every thought that crossed my mind and was paralyzed in the face of decisions, both …

    Boys Cry, Too

    The urge to protect a child, to hold them close and fend off any and all potential threats, is one of the most primal urges in parenting. It's part of what makes us parents. We brought them into this …

    Is Your Child Trying to Tell You Something?

    Children don't usually tell us how they are feeling in a direct way especially about their worries. Instead, they say things out of context, give clues, and as they get older, test the waters to see h…

    Seizing Teachable Moments to Reinforce Body Safety

    Parents often ask me how to talk with children about sexual abuse prevention without scaring them. I recommend teaching kids prevention through body safety. Children provide us with teachable moments …

    How Is Your Child’s School Reducing the Risk of Child Sexual Abuse?

    While summer is in full swing, children will be starting or returning to school in no time. If you have not had a chance to screen your child's school, preschool, daycare, or activity program for chil…

    Empowering Your Child to Say “No!”

    It is a parent's responsibility to keep children safe by safe screening caregivers, but it is also useful to teach children how to deal with difficult situations should someone try to break a body-saf…

    If It Ain't Fun, It Doesn't Get Done
    If It Ain’t Fun, It Doesn’t Get Done

    "Unless you puke, faint, or die, KEEP GOING!" -Jillian Michaels, "The Biggest Loser" Reality TV has presented a harrowing view of the weight-loss process. Researchers have found that people watching s…

    The Importance of the Intrinsic - Part Two
    The Importance of the Intrinsic – Part Two

    A primary goal of developing intrinsic motivation in children is to help them function as responsible adults in the future (as opposed to entitled adults who shy away from the hard work it takes to ac…

    The Importance of the Intrinsic
    The Importance of the Intrinsic

    Most of us do it, even though we know it's not the best parenting technique. But is bribing, rewarding, and threatening really all that bad? And if we can't use rewards to motivate our children, what …

    Touch is as Important to Infant Health as Eating and Sleeping
    Touch is as Important to Infant Health as Eating and Sleeping

    Baby massage may seem superfluous or silly to some people, but it's popularity is growing in the U.S. and it has actually been practiced for centuries in many cultures around the world. But, does it h…

    The Ageless Possibilities of Imagination
    The Ageless Possibilities of Imagination

    Walt Disney called it "Imagineering" and made imagining fun for all ages! Young children make sense of the world through play and by using their imaginations. They learn social and emotional skills th…