Question: What are some suggestions for timeless gifts for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers?

 I love natural materials for babies especially when they are not just touching, but mouthing things as they learn about the world.  Wood, metal, cotton . . . I also like to hunt for toys in unusual places like restaurant supply stores, farmers markets, or the forest.

I want to give children toys that don’t do everything for them...

Question: "How can we prepare for the birth of the second child?"

So, you’re having another baby! Congratulations! Now, don’t panic. How do you prepare your firstborn? I will cover some essentials which include how to respond compassionately and confidently to your firstborn’s challenges.

One of the first images that comes to my mind is that of parents excitedly telling their firstborn that he’s going to have a sibling. How exci...

Question: "How can we help our children, and ourselves, move through life's transitions more peacefully?"

 Transitions can be hard for all people and particularly so for young children who lack the broader frame of reference that adults often have.  Transitions can include life-altering experiences—such as the birth of a baby or moving to a new city—but also the mundane—such as leaving the park or getting ready for bed....

 Question: I am going back to work soon and am wondering if you can help guide me. What are some of the key things to look for when seeking the 'right' caregiver for your infant?

Dear Baby,

Soon it will be time for me to go back to work and I have been wondering about the caregiver who will be with you during these times. I want to feel a sense of security from knowing that you are in safe, capable hands. This is incredibly impo...

Question:  Begin as you wish to proceed. What does this mean for parents and caregivers of infants?

I’ll begin with the caveat that I don’t know that this is a direct quotation from Magda Gerber. Like many brilliant historical figures, we sometimes attribute meaningful quotations to people we honor and admire, even if they didn’t say them. However, I will say that it is a very apt description, indeed, of her Educaring® App...

Question: "What are some ways to support diversity both at home and in child care
settings?" 

Supporting diversity, like most learning, is nurtured over a period of time under the umbrella of
an individual’s nature and experiences. Being inclusive and accepting of others relies initially on
being accepting and loving of yourself. Answering questions like, “Who Am I?” or “Where Do I
Belong?” begins in the womb. At birth each of...

Question: “I have a 3 month old baby. I often wonder if, are infants’ born with an innate sense of morality. What do you think?”

            One of RIE’s® defining ideas is that infants are capable, curious, intelligent people from day one, who are eager to understand the world around them. They are whole people. But that doesn’t mean that they don’t have a lot to learn. Morality, or the “principles concerning the distinction b...

Question: What are some strategies to consider when navigating the world of social media as a respectful parent?

This is a very thoughtful question and one that more and more parents are asking these days. You are likely asking it now because something doesn’t feel right. I’m very sensitive to this dilemma and know, that by simply considering this issue, you are taking a thoughtful step on how to maneuver in these uncharted ter...

Question: We will be traveling and visiting with relatives over the holidays. I am worried it will be confusing for my infant, and stressful for me, when they interact with her differently. They are kind but, don’t understand my parenting philosophy.

I hear you. The holidays (and life in general) can look and feel different through your new parenting lenses.

Traveling, visiting relatives, heightened anticipation, added extra’s (...