Language for Validating Feelings

Language for Validating Feelings

Careful listening helps kids feel heard. Language that communicates careful listening when kids have strong emotions is similar to paraphrasing, but in a way that signals...

Interpreting Baby’s Body Language

Interpreting Baby’s Body Language

Your baby’s body language can tell you how they are feeling and what they may need. Responding to their body language helps your baby feel safe and seen, which also supports...

Exploratory Learning Experiences

Exploratory Learning Experiences

Exploratory learning experiences are all about curiosity! They engage kids in hands-on investigation of materials, ideas, and concepts. During these experiences, kids get to...

Receptive and Expressive Language

Receptive and Expressive Language

Language is an important part of development, and it’s not just about the ability to say words. Expressive and receptive language skills are both required for...

Meaningful Learning Experiences

Meaningful Learning Experiences

Learning new things is easier for kids when the new part connects to something they already know a little bit about. When kids can connect their own experiences and...

Benefits of Family Style Meals and Snacks

Benefits of Family Style Meals and Snacks

“Family style” is when kids and adults sit together for a meal or snack. Food and drinks are served from shared plates, pitchers, etc. When kids eat family style, they learn...

Supporting Kids Who Are Slow To Warm Up

Supporting Kids Who Are Slow To Warm Up

Many kids are “slow to warm up,” meaning they are uneasy or cautious in new situations or with unfamiliar people. As babies, maybe they didn’t like being held by just...

Facilitating Learning Experiences

Facilitating Learning Experiences

Learning experiences build on existing knowledge (something familiar) and invite children to extend their thinking in a way that balances safety and risk (curiosity). ...

Reciprocal Relationships

Reciprocal Relationships

In a reciprocal relationship, each person is equally respected and valued. The relationship is balanced so that both people feel seen and heard. When you engage in a...

Curiosity Leads to Confidence

Curiosity Leads to Confidence

Confidence comes from who we believe and know ourselves to be, and what we believe and know we can do. This belief and this knowledge come from having experiences, and by...

Responsive Interactions

Responsive Interactions

When you give kids what they need in the moment – like a smile, a hug, or some help – you are responding to their actions and words in a positive and respectful way....

Raising Humane Humans

Raising Humane Humans

Learning to recognize the emotions they are feeling will help your kids understand how to handle them – within themselves and with empathy for others.You can download...

Helping Big Kids Adjust to a New Baby

Helping Big Kids Adjust to a New Baby

Bringing a baby home is a huge transition for an older sibling. Before your baby is born, read books together about new babies, siblings, big brothers and big sisters and...

Transitioning Home With A New Baby

Transitioning Home With A New Baby

Don’t be surprised if you have mixed emotions about bringing your baby home. It’s OK to be nervous, and normal to feel uncertain or overwhelmed – maybe you’re even a...

Building Authentic Relationships

Building Authentic Relationships

Children learn about relationships from the adults who care for them. Being genuine in what you say and do creates honest, authentic relationships built on trust. This is...

3 Mindfulness Activities to Try with Your Kids

3 Mindfulness Activities to Try with Your Kids

Mindfulness allows us to observe our surroundings, thoughts, and feelings, and to develop self-awareness. Mindfulness can teach your kids to focus, help them regulate their...

Serve & Return

Serve & Return

“Serve and return” is about the everyday, back and forth interactions you have with your kids. It’s the practice of noticing and responding to their cues with eye contact,...

The Domains of Development

The Domains of Development

The Domains of Development   Growing and learning go hand in hand. As young children learn and grow, interact with the world around them, and begin to understand...

8 Things All Parents Should Know About Play

8 Things All Parents Should Know About Play

8 Things All Parents Should Know About Play Give your children time for play and you will see all they are capable of doing when given the opportunity. Children learn...

The Six Cs of Playtime

The Six Cs of Playtime

The Six Cs of Playtime It’s never “just play,” it’s learning. Learning that emerges through play is deep and meaningful to children because they have shaped it themselves....

Outdoor Play and the Domains of Development

Outdoor Play and the Domains of Development

The American Academy of Pediatrics says lots of unstructured outdoor play is critical to the health of children. That’s because outdoor play benefits children in every...

5 Benefits of Playing Outside

5 Benefits of Playing Outside

Kids should play outside! Here are 5 reasons why. When kids are given unstructured time to play alone or with other children, especially outdoors, they make up their own...

10 Daily Rituals to Encourage Bonding

10 Daily Rituals to Encourage Bonding

In chaotic everyday life, parents can leverage the power of intention to ensure that they fit in what’s most important to them – the moments of fun, connection, and...

5 Ways for Learning Conflict Resolution

5 Ways for Learning Conflict Resolution

5 Tips for Learning Conflict Resolution Manage Emotions Kids (and adults!) have every right to feel strong emotions, but it’s important to have strategies for remaining...

5 Ways to Support Kids Self Expression

5 Ways to Support Kids Self Expression

Here are 5 ways you can encourage your child to express themselves. ART Encourage your kids to try different art forms and artistic mediums. STYLE Let your kids pick out...

Teaching Kids Self-Regulation

Teaching Kids Self-Regulation

Self-regulation is the ability to control behavioral and emotional responses. It's having the skill to calm yourself down when you get upset, to adjust to a change, and to...

How to Model Mindfulness

How to Model Mindfulness

From our earliest moments and at each developmental stage, mindfulness can be a useful tool for decreasing anxiety and promoting happiness. It's helpful for children,...

4 Ways to Teach Children Empathy

4 Ways to Teach Children Empathy

Empathy is at the heart of good relationships of many kinds, and it begins with valuing other perspectives and other people. Parents can cultivate empathy in their children...

7 Strategies for Teaching Kids About Emotions

7 Strategies for Teaching Kids About Emotions

Children have big emotions, but they often don't have the words to talk about how they are feeling. You can help your children understand and express their emotions using...

The Basics of Social and Emotional Development

The Basics of Social and Emotional Development

The Sense of Self & Relationships Domain of Development refers to the social and emotional development children go through, especially in their first five years of life, during which they begin to understand who they are, what they are feeling and what to expect when interacting with others. 

First Feelings: Building A Healthy Foundation

First Feelings: Building A Healthy Foundation

The first step in helping your child learn to cope with their feelings is to embrace them - all of them. Sadness and joy, anger and love can co-exist and are all part of the...

Building Social and Emotional Skills at Home

Building Social and Emotional Skills at Home

Building Social and Emotional Skills at Home School classrooms are busy places where young children learn all sorts of things, including social and emotional skills such as...