Posts about Childcare Groups


A Case Against the Toy Chest

You might be wondering what anyone could have against a toy chest. Isn’t that an integral part of childhood? Well, my argument starts with the idea that there are only two things that ever happen with a toy chest: 1) Everything gets dumped out onto the floor, or 2) It is ignored. I guess there’s a third thing which happens, which is: 3) Mom or dad puts everything back in … [Read more...]

Independent Play, Part II

This is the second segment of a post that got too long. A mom wrote in asking how to help her son play independently, when he's used to having her as his main playmate. I suggested that she alternate times when she pays direct attention to him, with times of 'being busy.' I wrote about the types of direct attention in the first blog, which you can find here: … [Read more...]

Independent Play, Part I

Dear Miss Faith, My boy is 3 ½ , and he’s used to having me as his main playmate. I would like him to start being able to play on his own more, but when I try to make him do it, it feels like I’m being mean. How can I get him to play independently? Dear Mom, … [Read more...]

Winter Activities

OK, many of us are settling into winter. It's cold, it feels like so much effort to get out the door, but if we don't go out, we end up with crazy energy in the house. And we have three more months to go! This is only the beginning! How will we possibly get through? Outside Play … [Read more...]

Toys and Gifts

Hi Miss Faith, With Christmas right around the corner, I'm dreading the gifts that come from my in-laws! I want to have toys that are beautiful, handmade, from natural materials, in my home. However, they won't pay $150 for a Waldorf-style doll. Do you have any suggestions? Hi! My sympathies! Parents' best efforts to control what comes into their homes can fly out the … [Read more...]

Fall Celebrations: Martinmas

Martinmas (November 11th) is not commonly celebrated in the United States, but it's such a lovely festival that I wanted to tell you all about it. I love celebrating these 'smaller' festivals because they have not been taken over by commercial interests, and you can really shape them to be special events for your family or your class/program. Martinmas in particular holds an … [Read more...]

Time to Play Outside!

Spring has truly sprung, and in many places, summer is in full swing (unless you're in the southern hemisphere, of course!). Let me take a minute to inspire you, or re-inspire you, to spend lots and lots of time outside with your children! The outdoors is stimulating in all the right ways for young kids. There are interesting things on every level, and everywhere you look there … [Read more...]

Toys

People have asked me about toys for toddlers, my ‘must have’ list. Mostly, I think that children do better with fewer toys than we would ever imagine. If you want a more comprehensive list, look in Kim John Payne’s book “Simplicity Parenting.” But here’s my list: -First, colored silks. These are so versatile and can be used for so many different things: as a cape or … [Read more...]

Valentine’s Day

Today is Valentine's Day, and, even if you don't read this post until tomorrow or even many months from now, let me suggest that you let today, the day that you read this, be all about love. About love, and about cherishing the relationships that you have in your life. With young kids in the house, it can be easy to feel frazzled and like you never quite 'have it together.' … [Read more...]

Storytelling with Toddlers

I love telling stories to toddlers. Although I enjoy reading stories to toddlers as well, I find the act of telling a story much different from reading one. Reading a storybook is a nice cuddly activity, where children snuggle up with me on the couch and we look at the pictures together, and talk about what's going on (I rarely read the words). … [Read more...]

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