elevating child care

Ten Best Ways To Encourage Toddlers To Talk

First, let’s clarify something that will hopefully bring relief: Encouraging our children to talk isn’t about chattering incessantly to them in order to expose them to as many words as possible (30,000 by 3 years old is the magic number, according to some experts).  If you hear this advice, don’t listen, because your babies won’t either. Honestly, can you think of anything more off-putting than someone...

The Secret To Your Baby’s Successful Life (Guest Post by Emily Plank)

He bolts bear-like across the room, the weight of his “knee-less” crawling posture evenly dispersed to the hands and feet.  Pausing, he examines a block or a sponge or a metal lid, or the sounds created when pounding the objects together.  I watch this flurry of activity and ponder the magnificent simultaneous functions at work that enable his curious spirit: the physical balance required to move without...

Don’t Let Your Preschoolers Forget How To Play

As hard as it is to believe, there are children as young as 4 or 5 already showing signs of stress and burn-out because parents and teachers are misinformed about their educational needs.  Some have even been mis-educated to the extent that they’ve forgotten how to play. I had a spontaneous meeting with my children’s former preschool director recently, and boy, did she need to vent.  She shared with me that...

Set Limits Without Yelling

In Common Toddler Discipline Mistakes, I explained why punishments and the perception of children misbehaving as “bad” undermine effective and respectful discipline.  In the following email exchange, I discuss with Lauren (mother to a toddler) some other common discipline missteps: 1) Yelling; 2) Not setting limits early enough (which often leads to yelling or at least feeling like yelling); and 3) Not...

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