Integrate Your Kids into Adult Activities

Dear Miss Faith, My husband, two boys (ages 3 and 4.5) and I recently moved into an intentional community where there are no other children. The other adults are welcoming but generally don't know what to do, and my boys have started becoming more and more disruptive. I have turned to a very reactive way of parenting, always getting annoyed and whisking them away from adult … [Read more...]

Daily Rhythm

Having a strong rhythm to your day helps your day go more smoothly and more enjoyably for you and for your kids. Every teacher and daycare provider knows this, because if they don't have a strong rhythm, everything turns into mayhem! But for parents, it can be much harder to see the benefits of the work it takes to establish a rhythm. Many parents kind of limp along, not … [Read more...]

Smooth & Easy Transitions

Usually we think of transitions as something that must be done in order to get to something else, but very young children don’t think this way and can’t think this way. Young children live in the moment. So in order to have transitions go smoothly and enjoyably, change your view so that each transition is an activity in its own right, with a beginning, a middle and an end. … [Read more...]

Life As the Curriculum

This is an excerpt from a piece I wrote for my teleclass, Joyful Days with Toddlers! The Sunday class is completely full, but there are still two slots in the Tuesday class if you're interested. It starts this Tuesday, March 1st 2011, and calls are from 6:30-7:45pm Mountain Time. Please email me if you'd like one of those two spots at faithrainbow@yahoo.com People often … [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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