Speaking in Stories by Jaimmie Stugard

Speaking in Stories by Jaimmie Stugard

Jaimmie writes: One of my favorite stories to tell at rest time is the story of Peter Rabbit.  I like to tell this classic tale of mother knows best when the children are in a particularly squirrelly or defiant mood.  Many children can relate to the bold, independent and adventurous little Peter – especially in …

Learning to Speak by Mary O’Connell

Learning to Speak by Mary O’Connell

Mary writes:  One of my favorite texts in the LifeWays Early Childhood Training is Karl Konig’s book, The First Three Years of the Child. Konig describes the three major milestones achieved by the child that are unique to humans. It always blows my mind to think about how important the first three years of our …

I Hear You and I Understand You, by Jeremy Bucher

I Hear You and I Understand You, by Jeremy Bucher

As children begin to develop their language skills it is important that their words and ideas are heard and acknowledged by the adults in their lives. Providing children with verbal and visual cues helps them to understand that they are being heard and will boost their confidence in their own words. Though it is important …

Relationship with Place by Emily Hall

Relationship with Place by Emily Hall

     Emily writes: As a child, I had certain places I loved to explore in nature. My most special place was at the top of a willow tree in my parents’ front yard. The branches were hollow in some places, and I would keep my treasures there. The bending leaves made a great fort. I …

Mixed-Age Care by Amanda Quesnell

Mixed-Age Care by Amanda Quesnell

Amanda writes: One way that LifeWays is unique is because it has mixed-age groups of children. Many times people have asked me if it is harder to have a variety of different ages in my care, but I always tell them it’s actually easier. Having a mixed-age group allows the children to be in the …

Hidden Blessings by Mara Spiropoulos

Hidden Blessings by Mara Spiropoulos

Mara writes:  As a tired, busy mama of three kids, six years and under, who often finds herself out of the present moment, it is easy for me to get caught up in what’s going wrong, what I’m not able to do, and how tough parenthood is. In these moments, I admit that sometimes life …

The Process of Becoming by Mary O’Connell

The Process of Becoming by Mary O’Connell

Mary writes: I am kneading dough and lost in thought. It is our last supper.  Our youngest child is leaving for college in the morning and has requested homemade pizza for her last dinner at home. As she heads upstairs to pack up the final boxes, I work the dough, wondering whether she has learned …

Presence in the Digital Age by Jaimmie Stugard

Presence in the Digital Age by Jaimmie Stugard

“Our phones are now indelibly bound up with our aesthetic souls.  And today, both are always on.” Robert Capps, WIRED              A couple of years ago, my husband asked me what I wanted for Mother’s Day.  I told him that all I wanted was to wake up in a tidy house and go to bed …

Life Work with a One-Year-Old by Cynthia Aldinger

Life Work with a One-Year-Old by Cynthia Aldinger

“Did you hear that?” my daughter-in-law and I queried one another.  It sounds like she is saying “Thank you.”  Such are the fantasies of a mommy and gramma of a newly-one-year-old.   But hey! It might actually be true.  Maybe my one-year-old granddaughter’s first words were “thank you,” translated something like “da do.” That would be …