Back in the mid-1990s while I was working on my PhD, I had the opportunity to spend a week visiting the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center at the University of California, San Diego. One evening, in a grocery store parking lot, I was approached by a young man who looked like a throwback to the sixties, … Continue reading Building Brains is Group Work
In my line of work, the question I hear the most often is, “What do I do when my child is upset?” I’m currently a Behaviour Consultant who works with families and children with unique needs. After 20 years in the field, I’ve easily addressed this question thousands of times. When I give my answer, … Continue reading What Do I Do When My Child is Upset?
It is a question almost every parent will ask themselves – should children be using digital devices during preschool years? If so, how and when should young children use technology? Information currently available to parents on this topic provides mixed messages. On one hand, there is research that shows interactions with technology can support learning … Continue reading A Quick Guide to Preschoolers and Technology
As the Executive Director of Calgary Reads (an early literacy initiative), a parent and former teacher, I’m often asked by families how they can help their young child build language skills—and, develop a love of reading. As we mark Family Literacy Day on January 27th (celebrated annually as a time to inspire families to learn together) … Continue reading Encouraging literacy and a love of learning on Family Literacy Day – January 27th – and every day!
What a cold snap at the end of December! How tempting to stay nestled under one’s down duvet late into the morning, and just take the day as it comes. Unless you are tag teaming with another caregiver, this is likely not a description of your past few weeks. Whether cold or warm outside, with … Continue reading The Importance of Routines: A roadmap for love and learning
As a family counsellor, I’m often asked by parents about their preschool children’s friendships and how as parents we can help them to make and keep friends. Parents are often worried that their child might be too shy, too aggressive or lack the social skills to make good friends. I hear about the desire to … Continue reading PRESCHOOLERS AND FRIENDSHIPS: A parent’s role to support, structure and shield
I am writing this message to you as an educator, advocate, and mother of young children. I feel privileged to work alongside so many brilliant and passionate Early Childhood Educators. I have spent many years advocating for more resources for vulnerable youth and families living in poverty. Five years ago, I was assigned the task … Continue reading Recognizing the Importance of our Children on National Child Day, Nov. 20th, 2017