A Nightmare in my Closet

2nd Apr 2020

Susan pulled out a book from the bookshelf and handed it to Teacher Kira. Teacher Kira asked her, “Would you like me to read it to you?” Susan beamed, “Yes!” In no time, six more children gathered around Teacher Kira […]

Staying Home with Children

24th Mar 2020

Last week, more than ever, I received questions from parents on what to do with children at home. How do I keep them busy and entertained? First, of course, I start by reminding everyone that boredom can be a good […]

To Rescue or Not?

5th Mar 2020

In our RIE® Parent-Infant Guidance™ Classes, we talk a lot about giving trust to very young infants. We talk about how it is important to allow a struggle for some time and let the baby work on his challenges.  And of […]

Being Rough

17th Feb 2020

Young children are actively exploring the world and learning about their identity and the people around them. Babies between 12 to 36 months old often explore grabbing, pinching and pushing. Though not socially acceptable, it is an age-appropriate behavior for children […]

Respond rather than React

30th Jan 2020

One day in my RIE Parent-Infant Guidance class, one of the children, Lacy, brought a baby doll to her mother. The doll’s clothes had Velcro instead of buttons, to make it possible for her to undress the doll, which she […]

Snack Time

24th Jan 2020

Many of you probably saw the beautiful pictures of snacks in our RIE Parent-Infant Guidance class or maybe you were lucky to participate in this ceremony.  Today one of our parents asked me at what age I would introduce a […]

Why don’t I sing the Clean Up Song anymore?

18th Dec 2019

When I worked in a preschool, the Clean Up Song was popular: teachers, parents, and children would sing it at the end of the day. I would sing it as well, thinking, “what a great way to encourage children to […]

The Power of slowing down!

27th Nov 2019

I have the best parents in my classes. Maybe I am biased, but I really do feel that I have the best parents and their children are lucky. However, they do not always have a smooth path. A few days […]

Ruined holiday

6th Nov 2019

Have you ever felt that your holiday was ruined and that you would remember it as the worst day ever? Can you do anything to change that? I would love to share a story from one of my veteran RIE moms […]

Throwing Food

17th Oct 2019

In one week, five families asked me the same question: what should we do when our child throws food? Children between the ages of 12 mos and 36 mos will almost certainly try throwing food one point or another. The […]