Babies speak up in their own way

April 13, 2013 Connecting with Children 0 Comments

Claire knows how to get her point across! Grayson did something she did not like when she was eating so she decided to let him know. Who says ya need sentences to communicate your feelings? And I will add that she has no problem with turning up the volume to

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Honoring Problem Solving

April 9, 2013 Connecting with Children 0 Comments

Don’t ya just love watching wee ones learn how to problem solve when learning to feed themselves? I do! When Claire dropped Grandma Boom’s spaghetti off her spoon, she’d pick up with her hands. You can see the stuck noodle between fingers that she used her spoon to get and

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Strengthening the Trust Muscle

April 3, 2013 Child Wellness 0 Comments

Watching Claire climbing the stairs and being right there to protect and support her, I flashed momentarily on that FEELING of being supported and protected, someone having one’s back, so-to-speak. What a precious gift that is – to give and to receive. Pure caring. Absolute trust. Feels wonderful on both

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Silly is good for ALL ages

March 21, 2013 Connecting with Children 0 Comments

Definition of “silly” is: Lacking seriousness or responsibleness; lacking common sense. Grayson picked up Claire’s little babydoll stroller and decided to put it on his head as a hat, laughing at his own sillies and calling me to look. Children know how to enter into sillyland without hesitation. Most adults

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Toddler Science

March 12, 2013 Child Wellness 0 Comments

Science experiment with a toddler! I am on the Advisory Board of Healthy Start, an organization helping support and educate low income young families with children ages 3 and under. Today I worked with some of those families. Photo: An 18 month old little girl places her hand on the

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Grandma Fashion Statement

March 9, 2013 Child Wellness 0 Comments

Grandma Boom’s Medicine Tool Belt. Claire was sick with very runny nose. No pockets in my clothes. Perhaps a new fashion statement for grandmas? Or maybe a photo shoot for Kleenex? hahahahaha

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Conversation with a 4 yr. old about health

March 7, 2013 Child Wellness 0 Comments

Friday lunch with grandie, Grayson: “Grandma, how’s your health?” I stopped chewing, rather surprised to hear that question pop out of his mouth so matter-of-fact. “My energy is good, Grayson, thanks for asking.” “Grandma, when I eat good food I pick up my toys faster for Mom and Dad. Water

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The Breathing Sphere

March 3, 2013 Child Wellness 0 Comments

I’ve used small and large ones for decades teaching children and also adults how to demonstrate what the belly does inhaling and exhaling deep breaths. One day Grayson wanted to go inside the sphere, took some deep breaths and said they made him feel like sleeping, so he laid down

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Savor the fleeting precious moments

February 15, 2013 Connecting with Children 0 Comments

Grayson called to me and asked, “Grandma, will you be my valentine?” I turned around to see this precious face inside one of my table valentine decorations he’d picked up. A Living Card! Of course, I told him I’d love to be his valentine which brought a mile wide smile

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