In the early 1970's  Marlo Thomas created an album called "Free to Be, You and Me." As a young child listening to my best friend's record, I believed it was revolutionary: "Every boy in this land grows to be his own man. In this land, every girl grows to be her own woman...and you and me are free to be, you and me." I hadn't heard anything like it!  My friend and I sang the words at the top of our lungs, with ar...

Recently, out of an abundance of caution, due to age and underlying health concerns (namely her in ability to be put in the washer machine one more time), my daughter’s beloved Baby, her most special something, the something that’s been with her every day since Christmas morning 2015 was put into quarantine. Not wanting a Velveteen Rabbit situation, she made a hospital bed, tied a cozy sweater around her as a blanket, fitted a...

 When we think of the concept Magda Gerber referred to as wants nothing time, whether in a parent infant class or when dealing with a child at home, we register moments of non-assumptive observation, the visual referencing and refueling for both parties during the play time that is child-chosen activity - in essence, a time for allowing. When we think about what Magda referred to as wants something time, we register the adult...

The question before me is, “why does my two year old hit?”  It could be hit or bite or push or kick, or even spit...two year-olds do the darndest things!

A two year old is a very capable being with many curiosities and abilities and very little ability to judge or evaluate their behaviors. They are extremely observant and imitative and have almost zero impulse control. They do not think before the act, nor do they plot, manipul...

 This is a topic that often has a red flag for the parents of a child in the beginning toddler years.  It is a topic that brings much attention from outside family members and friends. So many have theories about the “best way” to support parents who are “teaching this habit.”  There are many parenting books about this process as Magda Gerber eludes to in her writing in the RIE® Manual for Parents and Professionals (Magda Gerb...

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...