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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.

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.

The sweet spot for teaching life skills

The sweet spot for teaching life skills

It's there, right on the edge of their current abilities that children are able to focus, practice, and eventually master a skill. (The same is true for adults btw). These activities offer just the right amount of challenge and interest for young children, and in turn build independence, grit, and real skills. Here's a few examples by age to get you started.

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.

A more mindful approach to toilet learning and body shame

A more mindful approach to toilet learning and body shame

One of the first steps in becoming a more mindful parent is simply becoming aware of your choices. Today I want to shed light on a more mindful approach to a daily occurrence: the diaper change.  But first, I need you to play a little game with me: