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She is just what the doctor ordered.

My new friend Robin Berman is a very smart, very kind and very special woman who is exactly the kind of child psychiatrist that I have been hoping to find in our very own village. It only took 27 years to find her and she is just what the doctor ordered! I was honored when she asked to […]

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Spring Forward

From our Friends at Sleepy Planet.. Spring Ahead Without Falling Behind on Sleep , Daylight Savings this Sunday, March 11           Before bed, turn clocks ahead 1 hour.  If your child normally sleeps till 6:30 AM, the next morning she will likely sleep till 7:30 AM.  Her entire schedule – naps and bedtime – will then […]

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“Clearly, I have seen and continue to see a decline in kids’ social, emotional, and academic functioning, as well as a sharp increase in learning disabilities and other diagnoses.”

http://deeprootsathome.com/kids-bored-entitled/ As an educator of 40+ years, and with each year that passes, I see this happening to children younger and younger. I remember when children used to say “Mommy, look at me, look at me, watch me, look at me”? Sadly, many have stopped asking. It doesn’t need to be this way.      

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Being a parent can be a lonely job.

“Families Today:” Community-Building Among Families From the NEW YORK TIMES COLUMN: FAMILIES TODAY: COMMUNITY-BUILDING AMONG FAMILIES By: T. Berry Brazelton, M.D., and Joshua Sparrow, M.D. (Note from Cindy..  It’s September! Start the new schoolyear and join us. We are here for you. Here are some of the ways you can feel a deeper sense of […]

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Running Free in Germany’s Outdoor Preschools. Without toys and largely unsupervised, children climb and cook and howl like wolves in the wilderness.

 Let me introduce you to the kindest and smartest man in the world, who is our consultant and friend Joshua Sparrow MD. Dr. S just sent this to me. He didn’t write it although he has co-authored almost every book with Dr. Berry Brazelton. He sent it to me and I pay attention to everything […]

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Television and the Under 3 Crowd

During Spring and Summer vacation, parents always ask about screen time. Here is the Zero to 3 and the Academy of Pediatrics recommendation. https://www.zerotothree.org/resources/149-television-and-the-under-3-crowd (you can decide if reading this counts as part of your screen time!)

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Why Handwriting Is Still Essential in the Keyboard Age

For reasons still unclear to me, what was once considered essential is now barely considered. For decades we have known the importance of learning handwriting at an early age and in an effort to support our children and because there is just not enough time in the preschool day of play to properly teach handwriting we have offered […]

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Thank you, Teacher.

Pope Francis awards the Global Teacher Prize to a teacher who fights trauma with play.      ‘Not test score results, emotional results’ http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/02/world/middleeast/a-palestinian-teachers-methods-earn-the-attention-of-more-than-her-class.html?login=email And so she works to calm them down — and she does so by playing games with them. She puts on a clown’s wig and employs hand puppets, and she draws the […]

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