kisses and cuddles

How important is hugging and kissing babies?

This article by Nicholas Kristof appeared in the New York Times on October 21, 2012.  We think it is important enough to be shared in any and every way possible, so please read it and pass it along.  Here is the link that will take you to the original post.     Cuddle Your Kid! […]

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Is there an app for that? Some thoughts on technology and young children

We see more and more young children on parents’ iPhones and iPads.  What is the influence of technology on young children’s learning.  One of our favorite early childhood experts, Nancy Carlsson-Paige, writes thoughtfully about technology and toddlers. The following article was taken from The Washington Post, Education Section, The Answer Sheet by Valerie Strauss,  Is […]

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What we wish parents knew

We work in early childhood, and we know why it’s important.  We see the importance of relationships formed–those among the children and those with their teachers.  We experience first-hand the thrill a child experiences when learning something new or when doing something successfully for the first time.  We know theories and milestones of child development and what is needed to […]

Read More » | August 9, 2012 | Category: Uncategorized | Comments: none

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Exciting News for Parents!

Would you like advice from experts on young children? Articles addressing parents’questions? Information about early learning and development?  If yes, then we have exciting news for you!   The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) has a new website for families that is full of important information regarding your child.  Click here […]

Read More » | July 10, 2012 | Category: Uncategorized | Comments: none


Why we don’t force children to say, “I’m sorry”

Our last blogpost was on why we don’t use time-out at CDM, believing these moments to be teachable moments.  Part of the High Scope conflict-resolution model we use calls for us to ask the children what they might do to fix the situation.  We are always amazed at what the children come up with:  one has offered […]

Read More » | June 15, 2012 | Category: Uncategorized | Comments: none

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Why we don’t use “Time Out”

Dr. David Elkind, renowned child psychologist and author, compares two forms of discipline:  “instructive, which is a matter of teaching children social skills and attitudes,” and “punitive, [which is] a matter of stamping out misbehavior through punishment.”  Although this article is for early childhood educators, we think it is important for parents, too. At the […]

Read More » | June 7, 2012 | Category: Uncategorized | Comments: none


One small change in reading aloud can have a huge impact on preschoolers’ reading skills

from Ohio State University COLUMBUS, Ohio – A small change in how teachers and parents read aloud to preschoolers may provide a big boost to their reading skills later on, a new study found. That small change involves making specific references to print in books while reading to children – such as pointing out letters […]

Read More » | April 20, 2012 | Category: Uncategorized | Comments: none

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Girls who play in dirt grow up healthier according to researcher

  This from  Michael Simeona, Editor of Playing house, collecting Barbie dolls, and wearing dresses are common acts of raising a young girl in our society. But according to a recent study, it could be detrimental to their health. Sharyn Clough, a researcher at Oregon State University, has discovered that women who have higher […]

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Brody and Bayley

Tips for Helping Your Child Stay Stressfree During the Holidays

The holidays are here and, for children and families, this means parties, shopping, visiting friends and family, and excitement.  The holidays can also mean interruptions in your child’s routine, lack of sleep, over-stimulation, and meltdowns.  Here are some tips from  Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen at Psychology 101 on recognizing holiday anxiety and helping children calm. “Kids love […]

Read More » | November 23, 2011 | Category: Family stress | Comments: none

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For Parents and Teachers: Mind in the Making by Ellen Galinsky

In her new book, Mind in the Making, Ellen Galinsky explores the skills that young children need for later success in today’s world.  Written for teachers and parents, this book is considered a ‘must read’ by leading child development experts.  The following is from Galinsky: ” What are these life skills? Focus and self-control, for example, are hugely important executive […]

Read More » | November 9, 2011 | Category: Uncategorized | Comments: none