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March 31, 2017

What color is that? How can she know? We moms must tell her. The pink sock color is not the same as the pink shoe color or the pink tutu color. There are so many kinds of pink. The paint color samples in the hardware store have literally twenty different names, one for...

March 31, 2017

A child’s last name is just as important as his first name. When we asked Edie her last name, she told us it was “Boo.” Edie is three. It’s time we say to her “Edie Steele, come here” or “Edie Steele eat your broccoli.” We all need to stop using our cutesy silly names...

March 24, 2017

In English (and in Chinese) the same word can mean totally different things. The ring on mama’s finger is nothing like the ring of a bell, or the ring in the song “Ring around a Rosie, Pocket full of Posies…” Two and three year olds can think this is funny.   Grandma N...

March 17, 2017

One year olds like dumping and filling. When big sisters are making Lego cars, Carter wants to put all the Legos back in the box. Then he wants to take them back out of the box. In and Out, Empty and Full. These are mathematical ideas of quantity and place. Adults need...

March 10, 2017

What does an umbrella do? Edie says it keeps her warm, because when she and her mother got caught in the rain with no umbrella, they were so cold they had to take off all their wet clothes and put on dry clothes. Next things Edie needs to understand are that being wet...

March 3, 2017

Sometimes grown-ups don’t understand how tricky some words are. We think a child understands the tricky word after when he understands that after nap comes snack.  But that is only the time meaning. When after is used with numbers, two comes after one, then after means...

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