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Does your child have an affinity for music? Do they enjoy creating buildings and cities with Legos? Are they strong mediators who work well in groups? What about you? When I was young, intelligence meant having all the right answers. (At least that’s the definition I internalized). It had little to do with creativity or […]

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Effective educators respect their students. I write this (in part) as an homage to certain individuals and teachers who will forever stand out in my life as people who taught me this lesson through example. I believe showing children respect is elemental to nurturing their growth. Part of respecting another person – particularly a young […]

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This question plagues many parents. There’s a lot of pressure on moms and dads to get their children into kindergarten as soon as possible. People often fear that their child will be somehow left behind academically, or get a stigma about being one of the older students in their grade, or for reasons of pride […]

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Newborns are amazing high-maintenance miracles. Though the first few weeks consist mainly of eating, sleeping, crying and dirty diapers, there is a LOT going on in those little bundles of joy. Babies develop faster than at any other stage, and their brains form neurological connections at an astonishing rate. Just imagine how crazy the experience […]

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Ever notice how children gravitate toward nature, animals and the outdoors? Between the ages of 3 – 7, kids begin to understand that others have feelings and thoughts much like they do. This often extends to the natural world, and certainly extends to other people. This is the stage where empathy – experiencing the the […]

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Humans are not born with a concept of self. In fact, infants do not make any distinction between themselves and their primary caregivers at first (usually the mother). Can you imagine a time before knowing the difference between ‘Me’ and ‘You’? Crazy, I know. But that’s where we all begin: with no separation, no ego […]

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