preschoolers 

Weeding old toys - Tell the kids or not?

"Make two piles," I told my five-year-old. "Those you want to keep and the ones you want to give away." I left her sitting in front of a gigantic basket of stuffed animals, about a quarter of her collection. We were spending the day organizing the...

Teaching kids to use the phone

Until recently, my kids' phone skills needed some work. I had one child who often held the phone upside down to talk and another who nodded her head and gestured, not realizing that the person on the other line couldn't actually see her. My mom, the...

Preschoolers do better when they talk to themselves

You know that annoying, yet adorable phase when kids talk to themselves and verbalize EVERY SINGLE flickering thought that crosses their little minds? Well, it turns out this non-stop self chitty chat does more than just slowly drive a parent...

Why your toddler does what she does

The other night -- roughly 2 A.M., I heard my three-year-old come out of her room. I met her in the hallway to take her back to bed, and in my stupor I couldn't wrap my mind around what I was seeing. She was dressed in her sister's pants and a...

Gender identification in kids

We're sitting next to a steamy window in the local coffee shop, my son about to unwrap a pumpkin loaf as I examine the lid of my coffee to ensure it doesn't slide off as I go to take my first sip. A woman in her forties squeezes in to the table next...

Blog full of ideas for preschoolers

You can waste a lot of time looking for fun activities to do with your smaller child or you can streamline the process by bookmarking a new blog dedicated to all things preschool and younger: Preschool Learning and Crafts. Started by a mother of...

Must have qualities for parents of young kids

ParentDish alumni Julie Tilsner has written a great, oh-so-true article featured on CNN right now, about the 7 qualities you should possess in order to be a great parent to a pre-schooler. I agree with every quality on the list, but I'd widen the age...

Planning a party for a preschooler

In a little under two weeks my youngest son, Devon, will turn three. Until now I have not had any sorts of parties for him. He drew the short end of the stick as far as birth order and landed up last in line, this means that my zest to create the...

Both ends of the parenting spectrum, and both are pretty darn scary

These days I find being a mother to be challenging in a way that leaves my every nerve ending frayed by the end of the day. My almost three year-old, Devon, challenges me nearly every minute of the day with the sort of contrary state that only a...

The terrible fours?

Stefania Pomponi Butler has a post up at CityMama yesterday that stopped me in my Blogroll tracks. She prefaced her post with "A post whereby I'm praying you will tell me I'm not alone". And I have been feeling somewhat alone in my misery lately,...

Preschoolers don't believe everything they hear

I think all of us, at one time or another, wishes to be able to tell our children who they should believe. Being able to evaluate the accuracy of an informant is essential, not only to trust, but also to communication. Three recent experiments...

Why is my kid's hair so stringy?

To the right you see a picture of "Bunny," my three-and-a-half-year-old, with freshly washed hair. Why is it that no matter how clean it is or how combed it is, it always looks stringy and dirty? I've tried all kinds of shampoos and...

Parent rant: Why is it so hard to find simple, cool shoes for boys that don't break the bank?

Nolan just turned four and over the past month he's turned into bigfoot. He feet grew a size and a half in ONE MONTH. (Let's hope is height catches up with his feet, too.) I used to buy his shoes at Target, Payless Shoes or on sale at Gap Kids. But...

Dining out with kids: work with me, people

The only way that children will learn to behave in a restaurant is if they have experience dining out in a restaurant. Sure, we dine out so that I can have a break from cooking, but teaching them how to behave in public is also a secondary reason. We...

Dora the Explorer teaches more than just 'rojo' and 'nos fuimos!'

Before Dora the Explorer started her TV-sized campaign to teach Momster's preschoolers everything there is to know? Her boys were still searching for "articulate and eloquent sentences." Now, however, they say things like...

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