Dance! It’s Good for You!

Have you ever seen someone dancing who looked to be miserable about it?  Probably not!  Dancing is loads of fun, but it’s also hugely beneficial to our bodies and minds.  This especially true for young children, whose bodies and minds need rich experiences such as...

Toddler-Hood and Self-Discovery

You’ve probably heard a toddler exclaim something like, “I do!” or “mine!”   You might even think that such behavior makes a young child selfish.   And you’d be right!   This might sound phenomenally simple, but young children...

Being a Kid is Risky Business

We make hundreds of decisions a day that each contain some amount of risk: whether or not to drive through that yellow light, to eat that questionable-looking sushi, or ask the boss for a day off… What is a risk? According to the dictionary, a risk is the “exposure to...

Benefits of Pretend Play

If you’re a parent, you’ve undoubtedly witnessed the laundry basket become a truck and heaps of pillows become a fortress.  Your favorite throw blanket has become a saddle, perched atop the dog, who is now being referred to as a “horsey.”  You might have even heard...