Embrace the Hand that Feeds You by Jeremy Bucher

Embrace the Hand that Feeds You by Jeremy Bucher

Jeremy writes: At LifeWays we encourage the development of strong bonds and relationships between the children who attend the center and their peers, caregivers, and parents. In addition to these relationships we strive to reinforce a relationship between the children and their food. Just as important as the relationships that strengthen the community the child …

FREE to be ME! by Jennifer Sullivan

FREE to be ME! by Jennifer Sullivan

Jennifer writes: A few weeks ago during a visit to my parents’ home, my oldest daughter was working contentedly with her Opa.  I was on the phone at the end of the driveway, when suddenly she walked towards me.  Making eye contact only briefly, she paraded past me with her chin up and a grin …

Burned. Out. By Jennifer Sullivan

Burned. Out. By Jennifer Sullivan

I haven’t written an article in several weeks, and I have been blaming a writer’s block; I know exactly what I want to say and yet cannot seem to find the words.  Several days ago, however, I admitted the unspoken truth: I am burned out.  There, I said it (actually, I just got off a …

Earth, Water, Air and Fire by Mary O’Connell

Earth, Water, Air and Fire by Mary O’Connell

I remember the crisp autumn day the well-dressed early childhood professor from a nearby university came to spend the morning with LifeWays’ preschoolers. She was impressed with the way the children played outdoors, climbing trees, balancing on fallen logs, gathering acorns and telling stories with them, as comfortable and relaxed in their outdoor forest environment …

C.H.A.O.S. by Jennifer Sullivan

C.H.A.O.S. by Jennifer Sullivan

I didn’t even know I had it until someone at my LifeWays training mentioned they had caught it when their children were born.  C.H.A.O.S., or “Can’t Have Anyone Over Syndrome” is brought on immediately following the birth of your children.  You will find your once semi-orderly home slowly becoming untidy, dusty, and in need of …

Wow, I have… A BIG KID! By Jennifer Sullivan

Wow, I have… A BIG KID!  By Jennifer Sullivan

Several months ago, I repeated something I had been saying to myself for years: “When my oldest, Lucy, is 5, she will be in school and life will be so different.”  That’s when I realized, “Hey, wait a minute! She will be 5 this year!”  Ever since then, I have felt I have been trying …

Using Our Voices with the Young Child, Part 3 by Jennifer Sullivan

Using Our Voices with the Young Child, Part 3 by Jennifer Sullivan

This piece, taken from Jennifer’s 2013 LifeWays paper on “Becoming Worthy of Imitation,” is the last of three installments. The Language of Technology There are many ways in which we speak to our children, both positively and negatively, but it is not always the case that speech is present at all.  In 2001, the American …

Using Our Voices with the Young Child, Part 2 by Jennifer Sullivan

Using Our Voices with the Young Child, Part 2 by Jennifer Sullivan

This piece, taken from Jennifer’s 2013 LifeWays paper, is the second of three installments: Becoming Worthy of Imitation Looking into a child’s beautiful face, one realizes the responsibility that comes with the role of caregiver.  It is a mighty thought to conceive: You, with all of your essence, have the power to alter and shape …

Using Our Voices with the Young Child, Part 1 by Jennifer Sullivan

Using Our Voices with the Young Child, Part 1 by Jennifer Sullivan

This piece, taken from Jennifer’s 2013 LifeWays paper on “Becoming Worthy of Imitation,” is the first of three installments on “Using Our Voices.” My World of Language When I first discovered my daughter was hiding snug in my tummy, my life changed.  As the months progressed, I found myself humming quietly as I prepared for …