Hanukkah: Not a Jewish Christmas

Introduction As the holiday season comes to an end, I realized how important it is for all adults dealing with young children to either know about Hanukkah and other holidays as well as Christmas, OR, to ask families to provide information about their traditions. Since I celebrate Hanukkah, I’m going to briefly share the following... Read more »

Parents Know Stuff: Trust Your Gut (Part 2)

Introduction In the last post, I gave an example of how listening to my gut saved my child’s life. The following is another example of the benefits of trusting my gut. My child may have had speech delays or been labeled had I just followed the first two opinions I received and did not continue... Read more »

Parents Know Stuff: Trust Your Gut

Last week I was listening to a new friend describe a frustrating situation occurring in her life. With emotion and tears, she told me about visiting many doctors (a pediatrician, a rheumatologist, and a dermatologist, just to name a few) trying to figure out what was going on with her daughter (13 years old) who... Read more »

Reentering the World and Connecting with Others

Introduction: the Positive and the Negative First, the Negative… The last year, due to Covid, has been a difficult one for many children and adults. It certainly has been for me. Several of us have spent more time secluded than ever before. I had plans that had to be canceled and felt reluctant to see... Read more »

A Brief Look at Labels: Myths and Misconceptions

Recently I posted Labeling Children for Accommodations: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly. It spoke in general terms about three main issues: 1) the difference between how children with a disability are labeled now versus in the 1960s, 2) the only time you should ever use a label, and 3) the necessity of objectivity,... Read more »

Labeling Children for Accommodations: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

If you saw my Facebook page a week ago, you would have seen I put Dyslexia Awareness Month as the frame around my profile photo. A friend, who was labeled dyslexic growing up, vehemently cautioned me about using labels. I know how horrific school was for him. Now this was mostly in the 1960s and early... Read more »

Part II: Taking a Walk with My Daughter

I want to preface this by saying that every child is different, so every walk will be different. When my daughter was almost two years old, we often took strolls through our typical suburban neighborhood. Sometimes we didn’t get very far. Here’s what happened, one day, on a 45-minute walk in our front yard. (Yes,... Read more »

Crisis Hits and You’re Working at Home with Toddlers: Take a Walk

In my last two posts, the focus was on activities to do with your youngster(s) while working at home. I am going to write more on that topic in future posts. In response to the prior two posts, someone wanted to know my favorite activity with toddlers. The activity I have in mind happens during... Read more »

Part II: Home With Your Toddler: What to Do

The criteria for List #1: Toys/objects that do encourage exploration Your goal is to keep the child active, so get a toy or object that can be played with in many ways. This encourages the child to get creative with the toy or object. If you can’t quickly name many things a child could do... Read more »

Home with Your Toddler? What to Do

During this Corona Virus crisis, many folks are working virtually from home. What do you do if you have one or more children at home that you didn’t expect to “take to work?” It’s a conundrum. You love your child, but you don’t want to perform poorly at your job because you have a screaming... Read more »