“You Be the Monster!” The Importance of Playing with Fear

It begins with a simple 5-beat clap; a percussive call to what the kids call the RUNNING GAME. You cannot say those two words quietly. It is always shouted or crowed or yelped when they hear the opening clap. Two-year-old Poppie and four-year-old Finn race upstairs to the long hallway where I sit with my […]

Mama Don’t Go! Dealing with Separation Anxiety

  My toddler used to be so great when I would leave. He might cry for a minute or two, but then settle down and be happy. He’s about 2 years, 4 months old now and suddenly it’s a tragedy when I leave. He cries for at least 15 minutes and is inconsolable during that […]

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