Bootstrap parenting utilizes unused opportunities to empower parents to build school readiness in babies and toddlers

In the business world, bootstrap financing utilizes unused opportunities that can be found within a company by simply managing finances better.  According to the website Entrepreneur.com, “bootstrap financing is probably one of the best and most inexpensive routes an entrepreneur can explore when raising capital.” In the not-so-far-away past, the saying “pull oneself up by […]

“And they told two friends” Ad, not Government-Dependency, is the Solution for Getting Babies and Toddlers Ready for School

Government is great for many things, including, but not limited to, protecting our God-given rights, protecting our borders, and making and enforcing laws.  It’s good for such activities as printing money and writing checks to distribute taxpayer dollars for infrastructure spending, successful government programs to help our neediest and most vulnerable, and public education.  However, […]

The World Needs More Observers and Sharers: How Parents and Caregivers Make a Difference in Babies’ and Toddlers’ Lives

Writers and photographers who travel make observations and take what they see to others.  They are “noticers” and “see-ers,” as well as “share-ers,” extraordinaire!  By way of their written or spoken stories or their photos, these amazing observers share their experiences with those who have not had the same experiences or with those who have […]

Government Is Not The Solution For Babies and Toddlers

Babies and toddlers make one million neural connections per second in the first 3 years of their lives.  They are laying down the foundations of their brain circuitry for learning, thinking and taking in their world that they will have for their entire lives.  Emory University and the state of Georgia’s “Talk With Me Baby” […]

Toddler Emotions: Sad About Sparky

In this video, 40-month old Sam demonstrates his solid development of emotional expression. The video shows how Sam’s voice (e.g., pitch, volume, intonation), facial expression and word choice come together seamlessly to express his thoughts and feelings to me about his fire station dog, Sparky, becoming old. Thankfully, Sam was not overtaken by his sad […]

A Clear Case for a Language-Based Experience for Infants and Toddlers

A Clear Case for a Language-Based Experience for Infants and Toddlers The article I have linked to above from the Education Week  newsletter (February 5, 2013) titled “Students Must Learn More Words, Studies Say” focuses mainly on the issue that children who enter kindergarten with a small vocabulary don’t get taught enough words in the classroom […]

Multi-Sensory Processing in 36-Month Old Child

At one week past his third birthday, Sam presents with seamless multi-sensory processing, a crucial school readiness skill. He is able to hear my words (auditory processing), visually scan for the picture I am talking about (visual processing), and point to the picture (kinesthetic processing). This ability to listen, look and do rapidly and easily, […]