Consider Your Child’s Temperament Style

You are the expert on your child. Think about what type of care environment will be best suited to her unique temperament: • Does your child like to be with big or small groups of children? • Does your child need a lot of active or quiet time? • What noise levels can your child […]

Early Care and Education

Finding the Right Provider for Your Child “Childhood is not a race to see how quickly a child can read, write and count. It is a small window of time to learn and develop at the pace that is right for each individual child.” – MAGDA GERBER

Resources for Further Reading

Association for Library Service to Children. (2012). The importance of play, particularly constructive play, in public library programming. Chicago, IL: S. M. Nespeca. Cohen, L. J. (2002). Playful parenting. New York, NY: Ballantine Books. Ginsburg, K. R. (2007). The importance of play in promoting healthy child development and maintaining strong parent-child bonds. Pediatrics, 119(1), 182-191. […]

Parent Playfully

Enter your child’s world through play. When you and your child play together, you foster connection. Think back to your own childhood. Do you remember your favorite ways to play? There are many ways to support your child in play, including setting up the right environment, encouraging interactions and then stepping back, supporting problem solving, […]

Technology and Play

Apps, games, and videos are enchanting for a child— but is playing on a device really playing? Today’s children are exposed to multiple electronic devices that can overstimulate them. The brain needs to have a chance to “do nothing” from time to time. Being bored can be beneficial! In the empty space produced by doing […]

Benefits of Play

Play is essential for healthy brain development. It supports all areas of your child’s development—the cognitive, physical, social, and emotional. What might look like simple play to you is actually your child hard at work, learning the skills necessary for success later in life. Even engaging in early musical experiences—like drumming to a rhythmic beat—can […]

Key Elements of Play

One of parenting’s simplest pleasures is watching your child at play. When children at play engage in the basics of movement, touch, and human connection, everything from their motor skills to their attachment systems benefits. Play is an essential part of childhood, as it helps your child understand others and make sense of the world […]

Unplug and Play

Why Today’s Kids Still Need Good, Old-Fashioned Play Time “We all need empty hours in our lives or we will have no time to create or dream.” – DR. ROBERT COLES

Resources for Further Reading

Cori, J. L. (2010). The emotionally absent mother: A guide to self-healing and getting the love you missed. New York, NY: The Experiment. Tronick, E. & Beeghly, M. (2011). Infants’ meaning-making and the development of mental health problems. American psychologist, 66(2), 107-119. Winnicott, D.W. (1965). The maturational processes and the facilitating environment: Studies in […]

Examples of a Mix-Up and Fix-Up

Susan takes her twelve-month-old, Jackie, to the park to play in the sand. Susan gets a phone call that distracts her from playing with Jackie. After a while, Jackie feels ignored, becomes fussy, and starts to cry. Susan gets off the phone quickly, but has a hard time calming Jackie. How can Susan make things […]