Archives for 2017

Pouring In the Love

When your personal life is out of balance, it strains your body's immune system.  If you don't pay attention and make a change, you are likely to get sick.  When your relationship with your child gets out of balance, then the relationship's immune system gets strained.  Our bodies let us know when we're at risk for getting sick through excessive tiredness, aches and pains, or a … [Read more...]

Holiday Book Sale!

For just three weeks, get 25% off, with free shipping in the continental U.S.  Have you had your eye on my book but haven't taken the plunge yet?  Were you thinking of getting it as a gift for new parents you know?  Now's the time!  Plus I'll sign your book and am happy to personalize it if you wish. People on Amazon have been leaving rave reviews: "I want to memorize every … [Read more...]

Faith on “Take Charge of Your Life”

On November 20th I had the pleasure of  interviewing with Eleanor Bobrow on WDIY public radio in Pennsylvania.  Her show is called "Take Charge of Your Life."  In the interview I talk about strengthening your relationship with your child, avoiding (and dealing with) tantrums, some thoughts on television, and more.  Take a listen! Stream the interview … [Read more...]

Celebrating Advent

Advent is a time of waiting and anticipation.  For some, it's the countdown to Christmas; for others, it's the countdown to the darkest day of the year and the beginning of the return to light.  This is a journey that has many different layers to explore and many different ways to explore it.  Here I'll give a bit of an overview of the elements that many Waldorf inspired advent … [Read more...]

What To Do When Your Kid Says NO!

When I ask the question, “Why do toddlers and preschooler say no to us?” in talks and workshops, the answers I get tend to run along these lines: • They’re differentiating themselves from us. • They’re testing boundaries. • They’re expressing their individuality. As sensible as these answers sound, I’d like to suggest an alternative perspective that has the ability to … [Read more...]

A Story of Autumn Light

Once upon a time there was a little boy who lived with his mother and his father and his baby sister. He played all summer long in his shorts and bare-feet, feeling the hot sun on his face. Then, one day, the ground started to get cold, and he had to put on shoes. Then the wind started to blow! He was chilly! He had to put on a sweater to keep warm. The leaves started to … [Read more...]

Sensitive, Perfectionist 5 Year Old

Dear Miss Faith, My daughter has a hard time dealing with frustration, and has a real perfectionist streak that has me worried.  For example, when she works with the art supplies I leave out in the living room, she often becomes very frustrated, crumpling her work and throwing it in the trash.  I try to make her feel better, but usually my advice has the opposite effect.  She … [Read more...]

Why Turning Requests Into a Game Is Not “Tricking” Your Child

When I ask the question, “Why do toddlers and preschooler say no to us?” in talks and workshops, the answers I get tend to run along these lines: They’re differentiating themselves from us. They’re testing boundaries. They’re expressing their individuality. As sensible as these answers sound, I’d like to suggest an alternative perspective (or mindset) that can … [Read more...]

Quick Tip: Throwing Sand

If your child is a little too exuberant in the sandbox, what to do?  Saying "Don't throw sand" seems to have little effect, as does the ubiquitous "Be careful!"  Instead, look at what's going on and try one of these things: Is your child a young toddler and just flinging sand around for the joy of it? Try saying, "You can put your sand into a bucket!"  If that has little … [Read more...]

The Summer Play Garden

Last year I shared my efforts to transform my my large-but-boring back yard into a wonderful space that children and adults would both enjoy.  This spring I opened my yard to families when I started my outdoor parent-child Play Garden classes.  And what fun it's been!  I'd love to share some photos and things I've learned about what makes a space truly inviting. My first … [Read more...]

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