An Educator’s Best Trick for Good Manners For Children

Tricks For Teaching Manners DISCLAIMER: Not everything that works for teachers works for parents, sorry. I recently read a post where a parent of a teen lamented that her children’s friends didn’t say please, thank you, or the like. She was at a loss on how to address it so if you, too, are perplexed,… Continue reading →


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4 Magic Words

4 Magic Words (Redefined for Toddlers) Let’s move beyond please and thank you and get practical. Here are the Magic Words for adults when speaking with toddlers. Can I get you started? This is a non-threatening way to offer help. Toddlers by definition, bristle at “Let me help you,” so just skip that power-play. This… Continue reading →


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Get that baby his own class!

Are you sleeping, Brother John? Poor Baby Brother, he gets dragged to every dance class and gets no activity that is “his!” And poor Baby Sister, how many times in and out of the car seat does she go? Between Preschool, the grocery store, soccer practice…Let’s face it, Baby Brother craves one-on-one with Mama and… Continue reading →

What Spectrum?

At Carson’s 15-month-old check-up, he wasn’t pointing, he wasn’t clapping very much and he rarely waved goodbye. He had his dozen words but that was about it for him, verbally. He was walking on his first birthday and I knew his was extremely strong. While teaching my Village classes, I observed a 15-month-old who knew… Continue reading →

It’s a SoundSteps Pep Rally!

Wow! When we read this article about practical tips that can help prepare kids academically and socially, Miss Lisa and I lit up with a thousand follow-up thoughts, aggressive head-nods and out-loud exclamations of agreement! After-all, it’s not as if you’ve never heard some of these things spelled out on this very blog. We’ve talked about… Continue reading →

Don’t miss Fall!

I have lived in Dallas 15 Falls and it’s my favorite month for gorgeous weather. No, it’s not crisp and cool New England with glowing trees, but we’ll take what we get (less humidity). There are so many great places around town to enjoy the cooler temps and cleaner air. Whether on a walk down… Continue reading →

Tea is for Time

You know, I think the British have something with tea time. Tea time is typically around four or five o’clock. Of course, hot tea is served and usually some sort of cookie or cake. It’s observed religiously. Everyone stops, sits down, and enjoys a civilized cup of tea and some conversation. Now, transfer that to… Continue reading →


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Fall Fun

Little girl in fall coat and leaves

It may not seem very Fall-ish out there right now, but cooler temps are bound to prevail…soon? Regardless of the weather, there are plenty of activities, inside and outside, that can be fun for the whole family or a play date with friends! I know for me, it can sometimes take more effort to stop… Continue reading →


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Afterschool Reunion

Oh, where does the day go? Maybe you got to run some errands all by yourself, listening to the radio on the way, or maybe you took a walk, even phoned a friend. Or maybe you are as hassled and overwhelmed as ever, not having accomplished what you’d hoped to at work, not having gotten… Continue reading →

Fun this Fall!

The calendar says that Fall is officially here! This is the season for fun pumpkin pictures with the kiddos, so make sure you charge up the cameras and get out there and capture some memories. What fun activities would you add to this list? Autumn At the Arboretum Of course, you can come join the… Continue reading →