dirty boy playing

Let’s Get Dirty

Last night we were at a neighborhood bar-b-que and the children were running around enjoying being outdoors without adult intervention. As we were watching the joy of these children, maybe even wishing we could join in, a woman pointed and said, “Look at those boys. They’re are throwing dirt in the air. Why do boys

crayon pyramid

Preschool Curriculum? Not!

(This post contains affiliate links. See my disclosures for more information.) It amazes me that preschool has come to dominate much of the education conversation. The media has become a PR outlet for those who advocate formal, away-from-home preschool experiences. Based on vague notions and buzzword, such as “ready to learn,” parents are clamoring for

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Let’s Go Shopping

A parent’s nightmare. And we’ve all lived it: a screaming child at the store.  Each of us knows the suffering. All eyes in the store are staring at the parent, not the child. The child seems uncajolable.  The sound travels out the doors. Is there anything a parent can do? At the moment it probably seems like