Ideas

Exploration

Parents sometimes ask me what I talk about in my RIE parent guidance classes. We talk about a variety of child-raising topics. Some of the topics that were popular last week include self-motivation, exploration, how our grown-up actions can affect […]

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New Baby and Toddler

The arrival of a new baby involves stress. It can be a positive kind of stress, but it is still stress. Everyone in the family gets to adjust and learn a new routine.  It can be hard for older siblings to accept […]

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“I hate you.”

I am reading the book “Pedagogy for All” by Simon Soloveichik. One of the chapters left a huge impression on me, and so I would like to share this chapter with you. Matthew and his father are sitting together in […]

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Don’t help me climb…

When children are small they learn to crawl, then eventually walk and climb. It is essential that they discover and practice these new skills on their own. Our role as grown-ups is to provide a safe, age-appropriate environment and emotionally support the

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Learning from mistakes

Learning from mistakes is a very valuable skill. What do we have in mind when we are giving our children suggestions, helping, fixing, trying to smooth frustrations? I will answer from my perspective: I want my child to experience less […]

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Scanning old pictures

We’re under lock-down and there’s finally all the time in the world to be productive. Yet, even though there are so many things I feel like I *should* be doing, for some reason, I don’t feel like doing any of […]

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A Nightmare in my Closet

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 […]

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Staying Home with Children

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 […]

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