critical thinking

The Necessary Foundation for Reading and Writing

The Necessary Foundation for Reading and Writing

We don't often consider the importance of spoken language and the role it plays in learning to read and write. But the truth is, you can't write if you don't have something to say, and you can't read if you don't understand another person's spoken thoughts. Before you even consider things like the sound games, letter practice, or early readers, work on these four key conditions for a strong foundation in spoken language at home.

How to Offer Real Choice...Even When There Isn't One.

How to Offer Real Choice...Even When There Isn't One.

Choice is essential to developing independence, avoiding power struggles, building self-confidence, and autonomy.  But it's more than merely offering the power to choose; real choice involves creating a situation where choosing is actually possible.  

Here's how it's done.

Show. Don't Tell.

Show. Don't Tell.

Show and tell might be helpful for sharing at circle time, but when it comes to young children the show is much more important than the tell.   I bet you've already experienced the power of showing your child something, like that time your toddler said "that phrase you don't say in public" when she dropped her plate.  

Here's how you can purposefully show a skill to your young child, step by step. 

8 common parenting mistakes that hurt your child's healthy development

8 common parenting mistakes that hurt your child's healthy development

I see these all the time. And I wish I didn't.

These are real phrases I've heard, or behaviors I witnessed. And while they may seem harmless, silly, or all too familiar, these common mistakes are actively making it harder for your child to be a self-actualized person.

Raising Strong Girls and Compassionate Boys

Raising Strong Girls and Compassionate Boys

We start assigning gender roles to children before they are even born, so it takes a conscious effort to challenge and change them.  But where to begin? 

Today I interview Rikki, a mom who works to empower women everyday.   Here's what she has to say about building strength, resolve, and self-confidence for your daughter and encouraging compassion, sensitivity, and humility for your son.

Respectfully, I must disagree. A game to teach your child HOW to think.

Respectfully, I must disagree.  A game to teach your child HOW to think.

We've all got opinions, values and views.    To respectfully hear another person's opinion is, I would argue, a necessary life skill.   It requires keeping an open mind, critical thinking,  and empathy. 

It's not easy, trust me.  But it is teachable.