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 […]

Distraction, Redirection or Suggestion

16th Aug 2019

Recently a parent asked me how I would differentiate between these concepts. And when it is ok to suggest another idea to the child, and when instead we should wait longer. By observing how children play and problem solve in […]

To Punish or Not to Punish?

8th Aug 2019

“Yesterday, for the first time I spanked my daughter! Horror!  I still get goose bumps thinking about the incident. At the same time, I was calming my mother down, offering her my calmness even though I was boiling inside.  Let […]

The Value of Acknowledgement and Active Listening

27th Jul 2019

After one of my presentations, one mother asked me why we should use active listening when our children might not change their mind and still do what they do. Well I came up with many reasons for the value of […]