Toddler Philosophy

  A wise man once said that children are closer to God as they enter the world free of any preconceived notions of how the world works. As they grow into toddlers their philosophy of life becomes apparent. I’ve taken careful note to write down some of the profound quotes my 2-and-half-year-old has provided over […]

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Family-Specific Vocabulary

Children make interesting connections as they learn to express their thoughts. This is a normal part of learning to communicate. Children learn vocabulary and linguistic rules and try to apply this information as best they can in novel situations. For example, your child may learn that the pet in the house with 4 legs, fur, and a tail is […]

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Teaching Manners To Children

I don’t know about you, but I eventually want well mannered children. Teaching manners to a 2 year old, however, is a difficult task. It’s a lot like teaching a triangle to roll. My wife and I have been working on “please” and “thank you” with our son since he learned to speak. We’ve used […]

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Social Smile

One of the most amazing things you get to experience as a parent is your baby’s first social smile.  The social smile typically develops between 4 to 6 weeks of age and is markedly different from the “gassy” smile which is usually followed by a cry or an earthshaking eruption from your child’s diaper. The social smile makes […]

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Discovering Your Shadow

Watch your toddlers closely. The moment I am about to describe will come, then pass quickly. You don’t want to miss it. It’s a life-defining moment. A moment in which your child’s true nature is briefly revealed to you. Will they stay? Will they run? Will they laugh? Will they cry? Will they put up […]

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Motivating Boys to Read

There is growing data showing a difference in academic motivation and achievement between school-age boys and girls. Gender appears to matter. Dr. Leonard Sax in his book, Boys Adrift, hypothesizes that boys lack motivation for several reasons including a decline in experiential learning at school and a focus on learning from books. He also talks […]

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Walk-By Parroting

Toddlers go through a stage of repeating what they hear others say as they learn new vocabulary and build their linguistic skills. They also go through a stage of egocentrism around the same time meaning that they believe others see, hear, and experience the world the same as they do (for further information see my […]

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The Danger of Routines

It’s easy to fall into a pattern of routines with toddlers.  For me, I bathe my son, put on his pajamas, let him play for a while, provide him with a bedtime snack, brush his teeth, and put him to bed. In the process of our nightly routine, my son has his own routines: Bath: […]

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Grandparent Egocentrism

According to Jean Piaget’s stages of child-development, children enter the “Preoperational Stage”, and a state of egocentrism, at the age of 2. Egocentrism refers to a child’s inability to take the perspectives of others. Children at this stage of development believe others experience the world the same as them. This includes thinking the same thoughts, […]

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