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 […]

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 […]

“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 […]

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 […]