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. […]

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 […]

Five Numbers to Remember About Early Childhood Development

Five Numbers to Remember About Early Childhood Development The “Five Numbers to Remember” link takes readers to Harvard University’s Center on the Developing Child’s website.  The Center’s mission is to leverage the rapidly growing knowledge about the developing brain and human genome, which tells us that early experiences are built into our bodies and that early […]

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 […]

Trying to Close a Word Gap, Word by Word

Trying to Close a Word Gap, Word by Word The NY Times article, written by Motoko Rich on March 25, 2014, spotlights, once again, the importance of talking to babies and toddlers. By way of the LENA device, a tiny recording device worn by a child that distinguishes between words overheard from TV or other […]

She’s the One: A Woman’s Nation Pushes Back from the Brink (Shriver Report)

The above-linked video is a trailer for “The Shriver Report: A Woman’s Nation Pushes Back from the Brink” (January 2014). According to The Shriver Report, “A Woman’s Nation Pushes Back from the Brink” examines the rates of financial insecurity among American women and the children who depend on them, investigate the impact of it on […]

Suzanne Bianchi, Social Scientist, Explored the Changing Landscape of Late-20th-Century American Families

Suzanne Bianchi, Social Scientist, Explored the Changing Landscape of Late-20th-Century America Today’s email from NYTimes.com, which arrives in my inbox every morning, contained three pieces that I wanted to share which relate to families and raising children.  It was difficult for me to choose which one to link to here since they all spoke to […]

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand plays Chutes and Ladders for early education

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand plays Chutes and Ladders for early education Brigid Schulte wrote on September 19 for the Washington Post about the life-size Chutes and Ladders game set up on the Capitol lawn on Wednesday.  In painting the scene on the lawn, with Sen. Tom Harkin hula hopping and Sen. Kristen Gillibrand sharing a moment […]

Toddler Actions: Ride the Bus

In the video, 42-month old Sam uses the play structures at a park to imagine the sequence of events needed to ride a bus. Although he has never been on a school bus and has only taken a city bus twice in his life, Sam has learned enough about taking a bus through his pretend […]

Dr. T. Berry Brazelton reflects on the importance of Early Learning…

The video is a message from Dr. Brazelton on his 95th birthday that was posted on the Rally4Babies site. Coming from a man who has been an advocate of babies for decades, his enthusiasm about babies is infectious and should prompt all to support the cause of getting all babies and toddlers ready for school […]