Family and friends are coming to our home!

7th Apr 2021

Young children thrive on routine and a predictable environment. Meeting new people can be stressful for some babies and toddlers, especially after one year of quarantining and not being able to practice. What can we do to ease the transition and make the introduction […]

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 […]

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 […]

Independent play

6th Jun 2019

One of the parents in my RIE® Parent-Infant Guidance™ Class shared with me a story about how minimal restructuring of the home environment helped her gain an opportunity to do some work during the day and supported her daughter’s independent […]

Visiting the Dentist

24th May 2019

Ugh, this week I’m due to visit my dentist.  How many of us look forward to visiting a dentist?  . Visiting a dentist can be a stressful event for children as well as adults. As I try to think about […]

Something about the word “favorite”

28th Sep 2018

Something about the word “favorite” makes me feel uneasy. Many children’s activity books ask about their favorite color, favorite animal, favorite food.    Does it mean I have to choose one color? Do I absolutely have to pick a favorite […]

Making Necklaces

12th Jul 2018

One of my classes for toddlers is always busy and fun. We play and dig in the sand, paint with utensils and golf balls, and smash and roll play-dough. . One day, one of the girls, Hazel, was interested in 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 […]