Chinese Nesting Boxes

14th Apr 2018

Today, Sam, a 15-month old boy, discovered a set of three Chinese nesting boxes. After opening the boxes, he was struggling with closing the lids. Meanwhile, Susie, a 24-month old girl, was observing Sam’s play with curiosity. After some time, […]

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 […]

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 […]