Parenting isn’t easy

It isn’t always pretty and we do not always bring our best-selves to every situation. As a parent once wisely told me, “Parenting is in real time!” How true! We can read all the books and blogs, be an active participant in parenting groups, but when the rubber hits the road we are often times left to reacting to situations rather than responding to them. It did not take me long on my path of motherhood to realize that our children teach us more about ourselves than we can ever hope to teach them. Children hold the mirror up to us, at our best and at our worst, and do not allow for falseness. As a parent we can often times feel subject to a relentless stream of judgement; judgement from o

Is teaching reading at an early age worth it?

Do children who cut their teeth early become better eaters? Do children who walk early become better walkers? I am often asked by parents of 4, 5 and 6-year-old children, “My child is not reading yet. Should I be worried about that?” I respond with other questions: Is Johnny able to dress himself? Can Suzie ride a bike without training wheels, do a coordinated jumping jack and cartwheel? Can your child look at a tree and determine if it is a good climbing tree? Build a fort? Pick up and ordinary object and creatively turn it into something else to fit their play theme? In the United States, there is a widespread belief that teaching children to read early — in kindergarten or even pre-kin

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