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 […]

Should You Engage Your Child’s Imaginary Friend?

27th Dec 2015

As a child, I had an imaginary friend who I named Nevedimka (“Invisible”). She was a great support for me in challenging situations, possesing qualities I believed I lacked. However, I sensed that my parents were uncomfortable with me having […]

Limit Setting (Hitting)

6th Nov 2015

How do we decide what the limits are? What words do we use? How can we enforce them? Will it be the same at different ages? Susie shared she felt confident with her 7 month old exploring and interacting with […]

Yeah – Siblings

29th Oct 2015

Siblings can be wonderful additions to any family, but to a toddler, they may not be a welcoming site. As wonderful as it is to have a sister or brother, it can also be challenging. One of the mom’s in […]

Saying No or Saying I Hear YOU!

24th Oct 2015

How many times a day do you have a situation in your family when you feel like you need to set a limit? In a recent parenting class, one of our 18 month old children discovered the electrical plug we […]

“I see you are Interested!”

6th Oct 2015

Limit setting and discipline are two topics that are often brought up by parents during our parenting class discussions. . Today in class we had a great opportunity to see how we can be respectful and kind and help children […]

Ivan, Mark and the Мaze

31st Mar 2015

For young children, low-intensity parallel play can quickly escalate into a high-intensity exchange. When they feel overwhelmed they begin to struggle with regulating their emotional and behavioral responses. We view these conflicts as tremendous learning opportunities where an adult can […]