EFC Parent Blog

As I reflect on my own interactions with children over the past 40 years, I’m left wondering if I unknowingly overused the technique of praising children.  I studied child psychology, became a nursery school teacher, then a center director, started Especially for Children and, with...

Back in January, I blogged about sleep requirements for children. NY Times blogger Lisa Belkin recently posted the results of a study from The Journal of Family Psychology about the quality of children's sleep and how parents (for statistical reasons, the study only looked at...

We asked teachers at our Coon Rapids location to tell us some of their favorite quotes from the children. Here are the top picks!“I just love it when the little people come in here!” -Sicily, age 4, when the toddlers joined them for a...

Last month I attended a powerful workshop on trans-racial adoption.  Steve and I adopted one of our daughters from Korea when she was two years old.  She is now 35.  We attended the workshop together and left with many valuable ideas.  After watching a movie...

Thank you to all of you who responded to our communications survey.  Your input will be very helpful to us as we determine how best to reach prospective families.  We also got some great feedback on what types of media and resources you prefer to...

Many of us have seen charts stating how much sleep a person needs at any particular age. The fact is that even the experts don’t know for sure how much sleep an individual needs. The charts are helpful as a starting point, but you really...

 Especially for Children is a member of the Minnesota Child Care Association (MCCA).  This organization brings child care providers together to discuss industry trends, provide training for providers and influence legislation that impacts early childhood education.  Our state association is an affiliate of the National...

In the November newsletter I wrote an article on Strategies for Handling Tantrums.  I listed  four ideas to use when your child has one of those inevitable “melt-downs.”  Here are a few more things to try:Have a rocking chair – Many times the child who...

As a part of our inservice day this fall, Mike Mann, a nationally recognized public speaker, storyteller, and child development expert, challenged us to recognize the value of our own personal stories. When we share our own story, we understand ourselves better and build connections...

This month the New York Times ran an article written by Alison Gopnik on how babies and young children learn. Here is an excerpt that I found really interesting:"The learning that babies and young children do on their own, when they carefully watch an...

In this continuation of my series on “The Life Cycle of a Parent” I would like to explore some practical ways of keeping the connection with your child. As in most aspects of parenting, holding on to connections with your child...