December 3rd, 2016
Are we doing children a disservice by insisting on mind over matter? Some food for thought on how to tailor encouragement to suit each child's unique needs.
November 16th, 2016
Rose’s parents and teachers were concerned about how to help her find success in kindergarten. Sometimes she went with the flow but at other times Rose fussed so much that she disrupted the whole class. Then her teachers devised a plan that everyone thought would help. They designated a small, separate section of the classroom […]
October 26th, 2016
We can shift our mindset from viewing ODD as manipulative behavior to seeing it as an indicator that the child’s physiological state has shifted to distress, leading to fight or flight behaviors.
February 18th, 2016
Early intervention should not be a race against developmental delays, but rather a thoughtful path to nurture each child’s own potential to develop at his or her own pace. A fast pace that emphasizes doing rather than being with a child can interfere with what children need most: an engaged and relaxed parent.
January 25th, 2016
Challenging behaviors are not always intentional misbehavior. We have to understand the meaning behind them in order to best support each child.
September 16th, 2014
The ongoing debate about spanking heated up again this week, as this topic continues to capture the interest of the media and parents. I do not judge the intentions of parents who feel that spanking is an appropriate form of punishment. Fundamentally, parents love and want to protect their children, and prepare them for living […]
February 12th, 2014
Scene from my morning walk: Two little girls, sitting at the bottom of a slide in the park. A mom tries to soothe one of the little girls, crying hysterically, while the other child calmly tries to explain what happened. Girl #1, the very upset little girl, struggles to catch her breath while her friend […]