I Stand Corrected: Devices That Know How We Really Feel

I Stand Corrected: Devices That Know How We Really Feel In my post yesterday, I wrote that jobs requiring “people” skills would be highly valuable in the future, and, therefore, a good idea for my children to possess the skills needed for those jobs, since computers, smartphones and apps wouldn’t be able to understand human emotions. […]


U.S. Babies, Toddlers Need Food for Healthy Brain Development

U.S. Babies, Toddlers Need Food for Healthy Brain Development Sam, my now 4-year old whom I have blogged about so many times in the past year, announced assuredly just now “It’s a lovely day outside!” as he ate his nutritious breakfast of bacon, strawberries, and toast paired with a glass of milk.  His use of […]

Senate Strong Bill Goes Even BIgger for Babies!: Proposes $4 Billion for EHS-CHild Care Partnerships

Another email from Patricia Cole in my inbox…she’s excited…I’m excited…we should all be excited for babies and toddlers!   From Ms. Cole:  Today, it just keeps getting better for babies! We are now free to announce that theSenate version of the Strong Start for America’s Children Act of 2013 dramatically increases funding for the Early Learning […]

For Better Social Skills, Scientists Recommend a Little Chekov

For Better Social Skills, Scientists Recommend a Little Chekov The above-linked NY Times article, written by Pam Belluck on October 3rd, reminds us about the importance of reading to our children as a way to build social skills.  Of course, infants and toddlers are much too young for Chekov, Munro, Bronte or Austen, but there […]

Catching Up With France on Day Care

Catching Up With France on Day Care The following excerpt is taken from Pamela Druckerman’s NY Times article published on August 31, 2013.  Druckerman is a journalist and the author of “Bringing Up Bébé: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting.”  She begins her article writing about her decision to place her infant in the French […]

2013 State Baby Facts for Each of the 50 States and the District of Columbia

2013 State Baby Facts for Each of the 50 States and the District of Columbia The above link takes you to a map that allows you to download the National Baby Facts, which report about the status of infants, toddlers and families in the U.S. for 2013.  Viewers can hover their mouse pointer over a […]

Toddler Actions: The Plan

For 3-year old Sam, life is frequently about his ideas and putting them into action. In an appropriate manner for his age, he initiates an idea in his head, plans it out, asks others to get ready to watch him put his plan into action, and executes his plan. He often asserts himself when someone […]

Toddler Emotions: Facial Expressions

The video of Sam reveals the understanding that 3-year old children have about their own emotions and internal states and the facial expressions that go along with them. Sam clearly has control of his facial muscles in order to change the “shape” of his face to express feelings and states such as angry, scared, silly, […]

Here’s to the Round Pegs in the Square Holes: Think Different

Although it may not be readily apparent how Steve Jobs’ “Here’s to the Crazy Ones” speech relates to babies and toddlers, I provide the link for his inspirational video for several reasons. First, and foremost, I attach it because I come from a long line of entrepreneurs and people who think differently on both my […]

Children’s Advocacy Group Criticizes Learning Apps for Babies

Children’s Advocacy Group Criticizes Learning Apps for Babies The above-linked article, written by Natasha Singer for the online New York Times on 08/07/13 (a version of the article appeared in print on 08/08/13 on page B8 of the New York edition with the headline:  Group Criticizes Learning Apps for Babies), warns parents of infants and […]