Raising Eco-Conscious Kids

Posted by on November 16, 2017.

Today, we face many environmental issues including air pollution, water contamination and large-scale global warming. Fortunately, we can all do our parts by making the planet a much safer place—children included! Nurture your child’s curiosity about their environment and teach them how to live greener.

Tips from a Reading Specialist: How to Help Reluctant and Struggling Readers

Posted by on November 8, 2017.

Helping reluctant and struggling readers may be the hardest, but perhaps the most important, reading-related issue for many parents. However, take comfort that there is help! The first thing you may need to know is that, just as infants learn to walk at different times in their lives, children learn to read at different times in their lives, too.

Baby Time! Taking Advantage of Your Local Library’s Resources

Posted by on November 3, 2017.

Photo: A baby developing early literacy skills at the CLiF table at Burlington Parks & Rec’s annual Kids Day, May 2017

Yesterday, I got to spend my morning surrounded by adorable babies singing songs, flipping through board books, and playing along with their parents at Fletcher Free Library in Burlington, VT’s weekly baby time.

Walk in Their Little Shoes: Understanding Your Child’s Point of View

Posted by on October 26, 2017.

Children view the world quite differently than adults do. In order to cater to their needs and create a powerful bond, it’s important for parents to really think like their children and take their perspective into consideration.

Taking the time to learn how your little one thinks and feels will enable you to understand their reactions and better relate to them.

Keeping Up the Momentum: A Reading Specialist Shares How to Help Young Readers Maintain Skills

Posted by on October 5, 2017.

While schools do a lot to promote and improve literacy skills in young readers, there is still a lot you can do at home to help your child succeed. Just because a child has learned to read doesn’t mean that he or she no longer appreciates, or wouldn’t benefit from, reading aloud with an adult.

If You’re a Parent and…Sportsmanship v Friendship?

Posted by on May 11, 2017.

I love that my daughter enjoys team sports – from kick ball at recess to organized youth soccer, it gives us tons to discuss. There are all the traditional benefits of team sports – learning to win and lose gracefully, to understand how the individuals work within a team, to interact with coach/another adult, to balance confidence and humility, and to have fun running around and being with other kids.

What Reading Specialists Want Parents to Know

Posted by on February 2, 2017.

Reading specialists want parents to prepare their children for school by sharing a love for reading, the attitude that reading is important, and the expectation that all children can become successful readers. How to do this? Read to your child daily.

If You’re a Parent and…Harry Potter is an Obsession

Posted by on August 4, 2016.

I missed the original Harry Potter buzz – I’m not sure how as I worked in a bookstore off and on from 1996-2002, during which the first four books were released. I made up for this last week, when I got swept up in my eight-year-old’s excitement over Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.