Kids these days have no idea what it is really like to build a fort with all the pillows from your couch.
If taking my child to a theatre event will help him be a better "player," that's worth a missed nap.
Do you ever wonder why your child behaves the way she does? How many times in a single day do you ask yourself, "Why did she do that?"
I had finally found a way to relate to him -- one that was truly satisfying for both of us. I was delighted to see his happiness. When I realized I could bring pleasure to my "new Ed" it was more than enough to make up for the loss of my "old Ed" and our previous relationship.
Of course we need to protect our children, but that also means helping them learn how to protect themselves. A generation of kids who has never once felt the autonomy of making their own decisions will potentially grow up to be a generation of very insecure adults.
Why is it, whenever a reporter interviews you, they ask how old you are? The last time this happened to me, I asked that very question. The reporter replied, 'People want to know how old you are, so we have to put down your age.'
In order to attract and retain the businesses, jobs and residents who breathe energy and enterprise into their neighborhoods, they first need to foster family-friendly, kid-friendly environments that promote play everywhere, while addressing the needs of underserved communities.
While my phone may not have been pointed at my children quite as much, it was quite often still in my hand.
After many years studying and selecting toys of all kind I strongly believe the toys a child plays with can help to unlock the door to learning. Each new play experience helps to turn the key and unlock doors to experiences that influence mental, social and other aspects of the child's fullest development.
My sons take their seats, the motor kicks on and the swings start turning to the right in a soft, careful circle. It is their spotlight. It is as wide as a slow dance and twice as wild. Their hearts beat accordingly. They pass me by again and again. The only thing that changes is the calendar.
When I evaluate 5-year-olds to see if they are ready for kindergarten, I am often asked just how much formal academics is necessary for young children