• Be Careful

    We tell them to be careful
    We tell them not to fall
    We don’t let them walk to school alone
    No playing outside with friends
    No games out in the street
    We sit them in the classroom
    Withhold recess when they’re bad
    No running on the playground
    No hugging

  • Why My Kids Don’t Take Lessons

    I have always been a believer in readiness in a sense that when children are ready – they will do it. Watching my own children has always confirmed this belief for me.  When they are physically, emotionally and cognitively ready – they will crawl, they will walk, they will talk, they will Read More...

  • How Recognizing Limits Can Save Your Day

    Sometimes, as a mother, I get so focused on things that need to get done that I forget the most important goal—my kids and their well being. Beds need to be made, clothes changed, shoes on, breakfast eaten, teeth brushed, lunches made. In all the hustle and bustle of a busy morning, it can Read More...

  • I Accept The Mess: What Setting Limits Looks Like

    Crying, tantrums, whining, hitting, yelling – it’s all hard.  I’ve worked to accept all these feelings from my children, and yet, it’s still messy.   That’s the way it’s supposed to be – unpredictable, uncomfortable, inconvenient, and definitely messy. My 3 ½-year-old daughter is Read More...

  • You Hope….

    You click the camera, and hope that nothing ever breaks their spell…not growing up, not shouldering the world in which they now dance so spritely

    you hope they will smile through their eyes all their lives long  and speak so freely with one another, and reach out their arms to bestow affection, Read More...

  • Dear Public School: It’s Not Me, It’s You.

    If I’m really honest with myself, I knew on the second day that this wasn’t going to work.

    I knew as soon as I heard the words “There is no running on the playground” that something was fundamentally wrong with this school system. I knew when I asked what could be done about the no running Read More...