Hearts, Hearts, Hearts…

4th Feb 2018

#2 Project: Hearts Typically, I am not a big fan of holiday-themed projects. I will tell you why: Holiday projects are very much product-oriented The larger portion of creation is done by the grown up The child has very little […]

Meltdowns

30th Jan 2018

 Meltdowns are a sensitive subject for me. I should admit that I was simply scared of them and reacted to them rather than respond for many years. My fear was coming from wondering: “Is it normal? How serious is it? […]

Respect for Children

30th Jan 2018

I would like to share with you an amazing book written by my mentor and friend, Ruth Anne Hammond, “Respecting Babies: A New Look at Magda Gerber’s RIE Approach.” Ruth Anne Hammond was once a student of Magda Gerber, the […]

About me

30th Jan 2018

I was born and raised in Moscow, Russia. I vividly remember my childhood from a very young age, often thinking about events, people and how they affected who I am today. When I was 7, I decided to become a […]

“That’s not a toy!”

3rd Apr 2017

We had a very interesting discussion in one of my RIE Parent-Infant Guidance classes. A parent asked if we agree with the following statement that Jill Getto Lee once introduced in her class: “If you plan to take back an item […]

One Diaper Change

31st May 2016

Often society sees diaper change as a necessary chore that must be accomplished many times a day, but not necessarily valuable and important.   Magda Gerber want us to look at diaper change as more than a chore – as quality […]

Open-ended Ideas for an Art Project: #1 Fall Collage

16th May 2016

I would love to share with you a few ideas for some ART Projects. On one hand, the ideas are very simple and do not require much energy or money from you. On the other hand they give children the […]

What does the baby need from 0 to 2 years old?

16th May 2016

We spend many weeks together in our RIE® Parent-Infant Guidance™ Classes. We talked about how babies’ brains rapidly develop in the first few years, how early experiences shape the brain and affect future life. We all thought about the same […]

Hitting Mommy

19th Mar 2016

When toddlers start hitting, many parents grow concerned and ask me, “What should we do?” It inspired me to write this blog entry. I want to mention that each situation is unique and needs to be looked at individually. This […]

Mommy is Busy

3rd Jan 2016

  “As soon as I’m on a phone call, my child seems to have a melt-down”  “I need 5 minutes to respond to an emergency email and I can’t,my toddler seems to need me every moment of the day” In […]