Top Ten Posts of 2016

Here are my top ten posts by number of views… check them out!

  1. Should we teach toddlers to say I’m sorry? Teaching good manners, empathy, and taking responsibility for your actions.
  2. Passive Toys = Active Kids. Busy toys with buttons and flashing lights entertain children. Open-ended passive toys engage them.
  3. Brain Development: How to Help Your Child Learn and Grow. Learn about how novelty and repetition and down time help to build a brain.
  4. Schemas of Play. Children often have periods where they’re focused on one activity: throwing, or taking things apart, or carrying things around the house. Why do they do this – what are they learning, and how do we live with it?
  5. The Discipline Flow Chart – 6 Easy (or not-so-easy) Steps to Good Behavior. Discipline is about helping your child learn how to be a good person.
  6. Periods of Disequilibrium. Children have predictable developmental phases, when they are a struggle to live with as they work on managing new skills. Understanding that it’s just a phase can help give you the energy to make it through!
  7. How Many Toys is Enough. Finding your own balance between having “enough” toys to stimulate your child’s learning and entertain them without getting buried in toys.
  8. Fun with Toddlers: Transportation Theme. I have a whole “fun with toddlers” series which includes crafts, songs, books, and activities on various themes.
  9. Materials for Parent Educators. A large collection of handouts for teachers and parent educators to share with families on all aspects of parenting a young child.
  10. DIY Ball Wall. A fun project with PVC pipe, magnets, marbles, and an oil drip pan.
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