Small Children

Stop crying and play nice

Take a break and calm down before rejoining the action


The toddler play date is getting a little heated. I scoop Kubla up and take him away from the action before things spiral out of control. He cries, “The other boy isn’t sharing! He took

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Duck Duck Goose

My nephew is four years old. His preschool class is playing duck, duck, goose. He’s younger and smaller than the other kids. Try as he might, he can’t run around the circle fast enough to

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Snack tokens

Making sweet tokens stick

Snack Tokens blog post

Our Sweet Token experiment was working wonderfully—for about 3 hours. “I want another cookie.” “Do you have a sweet token?” “No, I already used them both.” “So what’s the answer?” “But I want a cookie!” Liping chimes

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How video games taught Kubla to read

Add a spoonful of sugar to unpleasant activities


Like many boys, Kubla hated learning to read. He would walk on hot coals to get out of reading practice. Like many boys, Kubla loves video games. He would eat hot coals to get time

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Does your baby use email?

Have your little ones send their own thank you notes and holiday greetings

does your baby use email

When Kubla was a baby I set up an email address in his name so I could send messages on his behalf to friends and family. Here are some samples. Mama, I want to tell

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What Kind of a Beautiful Day Is It

Every morning since Kubla was two, we open the window shade together as I ask “I wonder what kind of a beautiful day it is today?” Sometimes it’s a beautiful sunny day. Sometimes a beautiful

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