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March 14, 2019

We need to stop thinking of college as being the reward at the end of the finish line. The prevailing perspective today is that kids who work hard “should” be able to get into certain colleges. And if they don’t, someone has taken their “spot.”

I shouldn’t have been sur...

October 22, 2017

I observed two separate parents with their young children this morning. First, on my morning walk, I passed a young mother and her baby in a stroller. As they passed by, the mother made a funny noise with her tongue. The child, who couldn’t even see her, burst into lau...

September 30, 2017

Empower your children to be effective problem solvers.

August 21, 2017

My husband still gets weak in the knees when we reminisce about dropping our young son off at school. Our little guy would stand at the window and wave with one hand and blow kisses with the other—often with tears in his eyes. It was hard on all of us, and it went on f...

July 29, 2017

As the summer progresses, so do thoughts of the start of the school year. Children begin to think about their new teacher and what they might wear on the first day of school. Parents also begin to think about the new school year. For many prospective kindergarten paren...

July 18, 2017

The summer before kindergarten is a bittersweet time of transition that can present parents with fond memories of their child’s babyhood while anticipating the excitement of the school years to come. At times this passage comes with worries about a child’s readiness fo...

July 6, 2017

You are not alone if you’re wondering whether your child is really ready for kindergarten. As parents, we want the best for our rising kindergartners but aren’t always sure how to make that happen. Fortunately, there are manageable, and even fun, ways to support your c...

June 25, 2017

Summer is upon us!  And while that’s great news for most, if you’re a parent of a graduating preschooler, the arrival of summer may have you starting to wonder what you should be doing to be sure your child is ready for kindergarten. While we often think of kindergarte...

June 25, 2017

We often feel good about ourselves when we are playing with our children, doing an arts and crafts project with our kids, or taking them to a playgroup or sports practice.  We feel as if we are providing our children with a productive, enjoyable activity.

Sometimes we e...

February 7, 2017

I think that most of us would agree that encouraging honesty in our children is a priority—especially as it pertains to their interactions with us.   It is vitally important that our children have had many opportunities to relate to us honestly, even in difficult situa...

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