To Parent With Heart, Look Inside

Parenting is exhausting. And even more, trying to nourish yourself while balancing  your day to day responsibilities, career (this includes SAH parents because wow is parenting a full-time career), and striving to show up as a socially just and conscious citizen can be draining. Not to mention all of the family members and friends whoContinue reading “To Parent With Heart, Look Inside”

3 Inclusive Summer Activities for Toddlers

Easy activities for parents so you can make the most out of your kid’s summer Co-authored by: Mari Peterson & April Brown During the summer, many parents juggle work with trying to keep their kids busy in between summer camp, summer school, various types of at home care, or respite. And some parents don’t haveContinue reading “3 Inclusive Summer Activities for Toddlers”

Your Child Needs to Hear You Say I’m Sorry

No matter how we become parents, by choice or unexpectedly, parenting is a life changing and continuous journey. Parenting is tough! Although tips, guidance, and confirmation that we are doing a good job can help ease the challenges, parents have to parent day by day, hour by hour, and minute by minute. And many ofContinue reading “Your Child Needs to Hear You Say I’m Sorry”

Summertime Inquiry Projects for Toddlers

Summertime is upon us! And if you’re anything like me, you’re already wondering how you are going to keep your kid busy without losing your mind. Well, don’t lose hope. I’m here to tell you that summer offers the perfect opportunity to let your child’s curiosity run wild as they dig deep into their interests.Continue reading “Summertime Inquiry Projects for Toddlers”

Unspoken Lessons

“Children are great imitators, so give them something great to imitate”-unknown The front room in my parent’s house is the proud keeper of most of our family’s photographs. Over the years, I tried to be fair, but please don’t count how many times I appear in these pictures because you might leave thinking I’m aContinue reading “Unspoken Lessons”

Six Spring Gardening Activities for Families

Warm weather? Take the chaos outside! Although you may not FEEL the warm weather quite yet, it is officially spring! Soon your winter blues will lift, you’ll open your windows and breathe in the fresh air, and get some of that much needed vitamin D! On behalf of Gardening Week 2019, here are some gardening activities that will inspireContinue reading “Six Spring Gardening Activities for Families”

Creating a Child-Centered Home for Toddlers

“The wider the range of possibilities we offer children, the more intense will be their motivations and the richer their experiences.” Loris Malaguzzi, Reggio Emilia Approach One of the most frequently asked questions I get about parenting is, “How can I create a child-centered home?” My last blog was an overview of loose parts & open-endedContinue reading “Creating a Child-Centered Home for Toddlers”

Loose Parts & Open-Ended Play

Art, in all its forms, has always been a joy for me to incorporate in my teaching practices, no matter the age group I’m exploring alongside. As a parent, creating with my child brings me so much happiness. Acting, drawing, painting, sculpting, creating models, pretend play, and music…these ways of expressing oneself fire the neuronsContinue reading “Loose Parts & Open-Ended Play”

Winter Activities for Littles

Here in Texas, the weather is getting, well, it seems totally random. Some days we have a high of 50 and other days it spikes to 80. I’m not complaining…that’s for sure. Especially in front of all of you “snowed-in” friends! Mornings are usually in the low 30’s or 40’s, so H and I spendContinue reading “Winter Activities for Littles”