My Oat Bar Recipe for Play Garden

I know that parents are always on the lookout for healthy snacks that kids love.  I serve these Oat Bars at my outdoor parent-child Play Garden classes, and parents always ask for the recipe.  Well, here it is!  They are super simple, with healthy ingredients, and the children love them. Healthy Oat Bars Preheat oven to 375.  In a large bowl, mix: 2 cups of unsweetened … [Read more...]

Pinterest for Play Yards

When I first started transforming my flat, boring, soggy yard into my Play Garden, my goals were for it to be fun and engaging for children, interesting and comfortable for adults, and beautiful for everyone. I wanted it to feel natural, and be a haven for bees and butterflies. I also wanted to grow fruits, vegetables, and other edibles. So when I got started brainstorming for … [Read more...]

Biting from Excitement

Dear Miss Faith, I have an intense, energetic little boy who is almost 3. I just don't know what to do when we are playing with other children and he pushes a child down repeatedly, or bites or hits. It often co-incides with being hungry, thirsty, tired or needing a diaper change, but I usually try to be pro-active about those things and am surprised when my first sign is him … [Read more...]

Sibling Interactions Between Kids & Crawlers

Dear Miss Faith, I have a 9 month old who has just started really crawling and getting all up in her older sister's business. My 2.5 year old has started being really possessive of toys. I try to keep the baby from grabbing things from her when I can, but short of putting baby in a playpen all day I’m not really sure what to do! Dear Mama, Sibling interactions can be a … [Read more...]

Hoarding Toys

Dear Miss Faith, I have a 3yo boy in my play program who is a toy hoarder.  All of his play seems to consist of dumping out toys into a big pile and “protecting” them against anyone else that wants to play with them.  Talking to him about how others feel seems to be getting nowhere.  I’m feeling frustrated and I’d love some new ideas. Dear Early Childhood Teacher, Thanks for … [Read more...]

An Outdoor Summer (Miss Faith Guest Post)

Hi Everyone, Check out my guest post on the LifeWays North America blog. It's called An Outdoor Summer, and I share some of my tips for making it possible to spend long stretches of time outdoors with your little ones during these lazy summer months. … [Read more...]

Biting from Overwhelm

Dear Miss Faith, I have a group of 8 toddlers, and I wonder if you can give me some help for a biter. I've been watching, and it seems like she bites when she's overwhelmed, for example after snack when many people were around her and bumping into her. On the other hand, she also bites and grabs at times when there is not as many children around; it seems like at times someone … [Read more...]

“Stop,” “Don’t,” and “No”

How and Why to Stop Saying “Stop,” “Don’t,” and “No.” Stop saying “Stop.” Why I avoid saying ‘stop’: Young children can’t stop. They don’t understand it yet; the only time they stop is when they’re sleeping. So I try to avoid saying “stop,” as that only tends to lead to frustration, both on my part and the children’s. So what to do when children are doing something that … [Read more...]

End of Meal Transition

Dear Miss Faith, I run a small home daycare, and a difficult time for me is clearing the table after a meal. Do you have the kids clear their bowls or empty extra food into the compost? My children excuse themselves when finished and leave their items on the table to be cleared and then washed by myself and any child who wants to help. I'd like to have a clearing/composting … [Read more...]

Why I Don’t Use "Sorry"

I don't have children use the word “Sorry” at Rainbow Bridge. The reason for this is that what we want from the word sorry is very complex: something along the lines of “I feel bad about what I did, I hope you're not hurt too badly, and I'll try my best not to do it again.” All of that in one word? The kids who come to my house using the word Sorry rarely seem to be saying any … [Read more...]

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