There are 6 crucial school readiness domains to think about when talking, singing and reading to babies and toddlers. Here’s 1 of the 6.

The advice to “talk, sing and read” to babies and toddlers is universal and ever-present.  The advice is given in countless blogs and articles, on countless websites and by countless pediatricians, home visitors and other professionals.  Less often read or heard, however, are the details regarding why we should talk, sing and read to children […]

A parent or caregiver is the best toy for children 0-36 months

Many light-up or electronic toys for babies and toddlers have a predicable response to an action taken by him or her.  If a baby shakes an electronic rattle, the toy will beep and light up.  If a toddler opens a door on a battery-driven barn, a cow will pop out and say “moo.” Sometimes a […]

Early Care and Learning Programs for America’s Children: What’s Good on a Local Level is Good for the Nation

The longterm gains of early childhood programs for children 0-5 years of age have been proven again and again.  American economists, such as James Heckman at the University of Chicago, remind us frequently that the greatest return on investment with regard to children happens in the years before a child begins school.  It’s a greater […]

10-Month Old Baby Understands Emotional Tone of Song Sung By Mom

Anyone who thinks that babies under 12 months of age don’t understand much about their world should think again. Babies might not be able to tell us with words what they know and understand, but they can certainly tell us with their faces, their emotions and their body movements. Babies are amazing sponges and imitators. […]

Young Children Are Diagnosed With ADHD-type Symptoms, When Behaviors Are Actually Typical

Young Children Are Diagnosed With ADHD-type Symptoms, When Behaviors Are Actually Typical KJ Dell’Antonia’s May 16 post for Motherlode, the NY Times parenting blog, revealed the fact that “about 15,000 American toddlers 2 or 3 years old, many on Medicaid, are being medicated for attention deficit disorder, according to data presented by an official at […]

What Babies and Toddlers Need to Learn: Be Human, It Will Pay

What Babies and Toddlers Need to learn: Be Human, It Will Pay The world is changing so rapidly.  Technology has changed our lives so much in the past 10 years.  Thinking about what life will be like a decade down the line is crucial to those of us raising children who will eventually turn into adults and […]

Raising a Moral Child: Calling All Parents and Those Who Can Support Them!

Raising a Moral Child: Calling All Parents and Those Who Can Support Them! It’s time for my come-to-Jesus moment about my bookmarks bar.  Perhaps the aha moment came in the glow of the Easter holiday or the chaos of spring break as a working, single mother of 5 children.  Perhaps it was a single moment […]