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The Summer Play Garden

Last year I shared my efforts to transform my my large-but-boring back yard into a wonderful space that children and adults would both enjoy.  This spring I opened my yard to families when I started my outdoor parent-child Play Garden classes.  And what fun it's been!  I'd love to share some photos and things I've learned about what makes a space truly inviting. My first … [Read more...]

Quick Tip: Bedtime

I like to think of strong bedtime routines as being like a Music Box: they start out brisk and engaging, and then they start getting slower, and slower...and slower...until that little ballerina comes to her inevitable halt.  Children are experts at giving extra turns to the music box key!  Younger toddlers might run away, hide behind the couch, get silly or upset; older … [Read more...]

The Unexpected Truth About Happy Kids

After thirty-seven years of research in parent-child interactions from birth to age three, parenting researcher Burton L. White, Ph.D. wrote, I have now concluded that helping a child acquire high level of intelligence and language is surprisingly easy to do in most instances. On the other hand, helping a child to become socially effective and a pleasure to live with has … [Read more...]

The Joyful Toddlers Book!

I'm excited and proud to announce Joyful Toddlers & Preschoolers: Create A Life that You and Your Child Both Love, by Hohm Press.  The release date is set for October 2017, but you can pre-order your copy now on Amazon. It has been such an amazing process to write this book, and going through the production process with my editing team.  This book is a wonderful … [Read more...]

Join My Parent-Child Classes!

I'm wonderfully excited to be starting the Joyful Toddlers Play Garden, an outdoor parent-child Class in Arvada, CO for children ages 1-5 and their parents.  It will take place in the garden behind my home, a half-acre play space that's fully fenced, and chock-full of exciting play spaces for children. For dates, prices, lots more pictures and to register, click here. While … [Read more...]

Potty Train Your 3 Year Old Without Power Struggles

Is your three-year-old insisting on diapers?  Take the struggle out of potty training with this proven technique. Dear Miss Faith, Our son just turned three and we are having major issues with the potty.  He was almost potty trained at 18 months but we didn't "pull the trigger" because a new baby was on the way.  Now it is a struggle to get him to even sit on the potty.   I'm … [Read more...]

Regular Tantrums

Does every little thing seem to spark a tantrum or meltdown? Read on for ideas of what message they may be sending.  It may be different than what you think! Just like the body’s immune system, a relationship’s immune system can get out of balance.  This can be from stress, lack of sleep, over-commitment, lack of attention, or other factors. Our bodies “tell” us when we’re … [Read more...]

Make Your Yard Fantastic

When I haven't been working on my book this past spring and summer, I've been working  with my landscaper friend Tim Francis (http://www.nettle.co/) to transform our yard into a wonderful play space for children and a beautiful and relaxing place for adults.  He did all of the earth-moving and construction, and I did the planting and accessorizing.  It has been a labor of love … [Read more...]

Correcting Hitting Behavior

Dear Miss Faith, My son is three and he still struggles with hitting and rough touching.  Mostly not being aggressive, it's like he doesn't realize that he's hurting people.  When we correct him, he often sticks his tongue out and makes a spitting sound, or runs and hides.  Sometimes he will stop but other times he just can't seem to stop.  Should I end the visit or leave the … [Read more...]

The Joyful Toddlers Book Is Coming!

Great News!  I'm super excited to announce that Joyful Toddlers will be coming in book form!  Many thanks to the team at Hohm Press who were "beyond excited" to pick up my book proposal.  I'm glad to be working with them and I'm sitting down each day to pound out the manuscript over the summer.  Editing will start in the fall, and the book itself should appear autumn … [Read more...]

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