Make Your Own Nature Observatory in the Backyard

By Mike Murphy, Educator in Western Maine As adults we may stress over climate change, the loss of species, and other threats to our children’s future. But there is hope. Helping children to explore and see the wonders of nature may be one of the most important things...

Managing End-of-Year Anxiety in Young Children

By Elizabeth Richards Parents often recognize anxiety and the resulting challenging behaviors that can happen at the beginning of a school year. What many don’t realize is that the end of the school year can be just as stressful, particularly when children have big...

Play Outside – All Year Long!

By Elizabeth Richards When I was a child, I spent hours outside every day, playing games in my yard, riding my bike around the neighborhood, and stomping through the woods with my siblings and friends. We were largely left to our own devices, minimally supervised, and...

Easing the Winter Behavior Blues

By Elizabeth Richards, MS, Early Care and Education Your child’s behavior has high and low points at any time of the year, but in the cold winter months, when outdoor time may be limited and screen usage often increases, things may feel like they’re reaching an...

Helping Your Child Get the Sleep They Need

By Elizabeth Richards, MS, Early Care and Education How do I get my child to sleep? It’s a question often asked by exhausted parents who would like nothing more than to fall into bed and have eight (or even six) hours of uninterrupted slumber.   Despite obvious...
Helping Your Infant Build Self-Control

Helping Your Infant Build Self-Control

Can infants learn self-control? It probably doesn’t feel like it sometimes, especially if you have a baby who goes from calm and peaceful to screaming the instant you set them down. While it’s true that you can’t expect your infant to manage their emotions...