Posts tagged as "Parenting"

The Last Day

June 22, 2017 • Posted by PartywithMoms in Anne's Parenting Column • Tags: , , , , , , , 11 comments

  The school year had come to an end. It had been an absolutely great year and the teachers were as sad as the children to say goodbye. Fortunately for the teachers and the children who were able to stay on, there was a little...READ MORE

City Kids

June 8, 2017 • Posted by PartywithMoms in Marianne's Early Childhood Column • Tags: , , , , , , , Comments Off on City Kids

  My brothers and I grew up in a Long Island suburb. After graduate school, I came to Greenwich to teach, and stayed. My children grew up here, and now I have grandchildren in town as well. But I also have two grandchildren who live...READ MORE

Hello World

May 25, 2017 • Posted by PartywithMoms in Anne's Parenting Column • Tags: , , , , 2 comments

  “I just want to say goodnight to my lady b… I mean desk. Then I will go right to sleep.” Not really listening to her daughter, Lexi replied, “Okay, Alice. Remember, tomorrow is a school day and you need extra sleep.” “I am back...READ MORE

Do High School Rankings Matter?

May 18, 2017 • Posted by PartywithMoms in Dr. Lowe's Admissions Blog • Tags: , , , , , , , , Comments Off on Do High School Rankings Matter?

  By Admissions Expert, Dr. Paul Lowe Several weeks ago the U.S. News World Report published their ranking for best public high schools. Only eight public high schools in Connecticut, including four in Fairfield County made the Top 500 list. Here are the top public...READ MORE

There Will Always be a Mickey Eastman

May 11, 2017 • Posted by PartywithMoms in Anne's Parenting Column • Tags: , , , , 3 comments

  Mickey looked into Sally’s cubby. He saw a small soft toy brown bunny in her tote bag. “Hey Sally, do you have your baby blanket too?” Sally looked up from her drawing to see Mickey swinging Baby, her most beloved stuffed bunny. “Oh Mickey,...READ MORE

Teaching Young Children to Help Others

April 20, 2017 • Posted by PartywithMoms in Marianne's Early Childhood Column • Tags: , , , , , , , , Comments Off on Teaching Young Children to Help Others

  Having worked in a nursery school for 36 years, I was part of many attempts to encourage young children to be charitable. Whenever the efforts involved giving toys, they inevitably failed. Parents and staff would initiate a “Toys for Tots” kind of effort. After...READ MORE

Control Freaks

April 13, 2017 • Posted by PartywithMoms in Anne's Parenting Column • Tags: , , , , 2 comments

  Sissy and Cliff Tremont met a year ago at a small private equity firm in Boston. They loved that they were both Type A’s. They eagerly tried to outdo each other’s Type A-ness, especially in meetings. “Sissy, wasn’t it you who recommended that Betty...READ MORE

Ivy League Rejection Rates Increasing

April 6, 2017 • Posted by PartywithMoms in Dr. Lowe's Admissions Blog • Tags: , , , , , , , , Comments Off on Ivy League Rejection Rates Increasing

  By Admissions Expert, Dr. Paul Lowe “Some of America’s most exclusive colleges are becoming more exclusive” (WSJ – April1-2, 2017). According to recently published data in Business Insider, more qualified students are applying to Ivy League schools. This has resulted in even higher rejection...READ MORE

(S)He Started It!

March 29, 2017 • Posted by PartywithMoms in Marianne's Early Childhood Column • Tags: , , , , , Comments Off on (S)He Started It!

  Nothing is more aggravating, discouraging, and guaranteed to set your nerves on total edge than listening to your children fight with each other. Nothing can make you question your parenting skills (and your sanity) more than the constant bickering or worse. Because we love...READ MORE

Casting a Spell

March 9, 2017 • Posted by PartywithMoms in Anne's Parenting Column • Tags: , , , , Comments Off on Casting a Spell

  Rosie was in her crib as her mother, Evelyn Wood finished emptying the dishwasher. The view from the kitchen was of a nondescript day, with a few birds singing a bit. Yet, Evelyn knew spring was coming and she adored thinking about spring. The...READ MORE

4 Crucial Mistakes to Avoid When Applying to Private Schools

March 2, 2017 • Posted by PartywithMoms in Dr. Lowe's Admissions Blog • Tags: , , , , , , Comments Off on 4 Crucial Mistakes to Avoid When Applying to Private Schools

  By Admissions Expert, Dr. Paul Lowe My team and I personally work with U.S. as well as international families (who reside in the U.S. or are abroad) during the private school application admissions process. We have worked with families from over 130 different countries...READ MORE

Putnam Indian Field School Tour Days

March 1, 2017 • Posted by PartywithMoms in Education & Programs • Tags: , , , , , , Comments Off on Putnam Indian Field School Tour Days

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“A Family Valentine” Republished

February 9, 2017 • Posted by PartywithMoms in Anne's Parenting Column • Tags: , , , , , , , 2 comments

  originally published in February, 2014 During the Thanksgiving holiday, four-year-old John Colligan became tearful at every turn. He was feeling extra attached to his mother, Liz, and wanted to be with her all the time. She did make special times for each of her...READ MORE

Little Comforts

January 26, 2017 • Posted by PartywithMoms in Anne's Parenting Column • Tags: , , , , , , 0 comments

  Jane Hallowell was waking up slowly. She heard light speedy feet coming down the hall. In seconds, Rafe and Will were plastered against their mother. Jack, Jane’s husband was on a trip to London, the first one in several months. Gently patting her little...READ MORE

Once there was a man who loved children…

January 19, 2017 • Posted by PartywithMoms in Marianne's Early Childhood Column • Tags: , , , , , , Comments Off on Once there was a man who loved children…

written by Marianne Riess  … so much that he became a wonderful teacher, an unusual teacher, because he didn’t love books, and he didn’t love homework. He certainly didn’t love computers or video games. What he loved was to show children how to enjoy the...READ MORE

Simple Times

January 12, 2017 • Posted by PartywithMoms in Marianne's Early Childhood Column • Tags: , , , , , , , , Comments Off on Simple Times

  Just before Christmas, Party with Moms republished one of Anne’s classic columns, “What Do Children Really Want?” Her point is that children relish the time and attention of a loving relative. I was reminded of the truth of her concept last week when our...READ MORE

What Do Children Really Want? (A Classic, Republished by Popular Demand)

December 22, 2016 • Posted by PartywithMoms in Anne's Parenting Column • Tags: , , , , , , , 2 comments

  This was Anne’s first Parenting Column ever, originally published in December, 2012 As young Mothers and Grandmothers gladly and wholeheartedly comb the earth to find a very special something for a little relative, they might be surprised to know they have this present already....READ MORE

Couldn’t School Just Be Enough? Part 2 (Republished by Request)

December 15, 2016 • Posted by PartywithMoms in Anne's Parenting Column • Tags: , , , , 9 comments

  In case you missed Part 1  Quinn slept all night. His father had carried him up to his bed without awakening him. As the sun came up, Quinn was just beginning to stir. His father looked into his room just as Quinn sat up. “Hi...READ MORE

What do Matt Damon, Emma Watson and John Legend have in common?

December 8, 2016 • Posted by PartywithMoms in Dr. Lowe's Admissions Blog • Tags: , , , , , , , , Comments Off on What do Matt Damon, Emma Watson and John Legend have in common?

They are all Ivy Leaguers: Matt Damon (Harvard), Emma Watson (Brown), John Legend (UPenn),Julia Stiles (Columbia), Brian Hallisay (Cornell), Conan O’Brien (Harvard), Amanda Peet (Columbia), Ashley Judd (Harvard), Angela Bassett (Yale), Mindy Kaling (Dartmouth), Mira Sorvino (Harvard), Dean Cain (Princeton), Maggie Gyllenhaal (Columbia), Rashida Jones...READ MORE

Couldn’t School Just Be Enough? (Republished by Request)

December 1, 2016 • Posted by PartywithMoms in Anne's Parenting Column • Tags: , , , , , , , 12 comments

  Rosie and Quinn were very good friends. Both children were in Mrs. Randall’s Nursery class at the Little Farm School. They had been in class together last year as well and were overjoyed to be sharing another year of school together. Given free time,...READ MORE

The U.S. Supreme Court’s Decision Will Affect College Admissions Decisions

November 23, 2016 • Posted by PartywithMoms in Dr. Lowe's Admissions Blog • Tags: , , , , , , , , Comments Off on The U.S. Supreme Court’s Decision Will Affect College Admissions Decisions

  On June 23, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld its previous rulings that colleges and universities have the right to consider diversity and to include race as a factor in its holistic review process. The Court’s decision empowers colleges and universities to promote both...READ MORE

Late Nights in Spain

November 17, 2016 • Posted by PartywithMoms in Marianne's Early Childhood Column • Tags: , , , , , , , Comments Off on Late Nights in Spain

  Before leaving on a recent trip to Spain, we were warned: Spaniards don’t eat lunch until 2, and no one eats dinner before 9:00 PM! Since my husband and I are early risers, and not big breakfast eaters, I knew some adjusting was going...READ MORE

More Vignettes by Anne

November 3, 2016 • Posted by PartywithMoms in Anne's Parenting Column • Tags: , , , , , , , 1 comment

  Tender Thoughts John collected a few small pinecones with his babysitter Mary. He put them in his small wooden treasure box in his room along with the smooth blue button his friend Rosie gave him. The box also contained a pair of chopsticks, still...READ MORE

What College Athletic Coaches Are Looking For When Recruiting – Part 2

October 27, 2016 • Posted by PartywithMoms in Dr. Lowe's Admissions Blog • Tags: , , , , , , , Comments Off on What College Athletic Coaches Are Looking For When Recruiting – Part 2

  By Dr. Paul Lowe Admissions and Athletic Recruiting Expert You have been playing your sport for 5-10 years and you want to be recruited or even better, recruited and receive that four-year athletic scholarship from a top choice college. Don’t sell yourself short. My...READ MORE

What College Athletic Coaches Are Looking For When Recruiting – Part 1

October 20, 2016 • Posted by PartywithMoms in Dr. Lowe's Admissions Blog • Tags: , , , , , , , , Comments Off on What College Athletic Coaches Are Looking For When Recruiting – Part 1

  By Dr. Paul Lowe Admissions and Athletic Recruiting Expert You have been playing your sport for 5-10 years and you want to be recruited or even better, recruited and receive that four-year athletic scholarship from a top choice college. Don’t sell yourself short. My...READ MORE

Beginnings x 2

September 29, 2016 • Posted by PartywithMoms in Anne's Parenting Column • Tags: , , , , , , 3 comments

  On the first day of school, Mrs. Gallagher stood at the door of nursery school, greeting families, some new and others very familiar. She remembered us from our interview. “Sheila and Charlie, we’re so happy to have you.” I smiled and Charlie said, “Remember...READ MORE

Are You Really Ready for the College Admissions Season?

September 22, 2016 • Posted by PartywithMoms in Dr. Lowe's Admissions Blog • Tags: , , , , , , Comments Off on Are You Really Ready for the College Admissions Season?

  Admissions officers are talented and committed professionals who make decisions based on a comprehensive and holistic understanding of an applicant and how he or she will contribute to their institution’s mission. They are committed to expanding a diverse applicant pool by reviewing every detail...READ MORE

Searching for Special Teachers All Over the World

September 15, 2016 • Posted by PartywithMoms in Marianne's Early Childhood Column • Tags: , , , , , , Comments Off on Searching for Special Teachers All Over the World

  I read that Albert Camus, French author, philosopher and winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1957, afterwards wrote a thank you letter to a teacher from his elementary school years in Algeria. Camus told Louis Germain that when he won the prize,...READ MORE

A Few Little Vignettes

September 8, 2016 • Posted by PartywithMoms in Anne's Parenting Column • Tags: , , , , , 5 comments

  Beauty A little girl was slowly following a butterfly in her garden. When it rested on a blossom, the little girl said, “You are beautiful. Thank you.” So wise and so exactly perfect. Beauty is something we are all so grateful for. Beauty changes...READ MORE

Your WOW FACTOR Makes the Difference in College Acceptance

August 18, 2016 • Posted by PartywithMoms in Dr. Lowe's Admissions Blog • Tags: , , , , , , Comments Off on Your WOW FACTOR Makes the Difference in College Acceptance

  As college admissions becomes increasingly more competitive, admissions officers and committees look beyond high GPAs, high standardized test scores, ESEs (expensive summer experiences) and seemingly amazing, but generic essays. Dr. Lowe and his team have developed the Wow Factor Admissions Concept. What’s your personal...READ MORE

Hamilton: History Made New

August 11, 2016 • Posted by PartywithMoms in Marianne's Early Childhood Column • Tags: , , , , , , , , , Comments Off on Hamilton: History Made New

  Our annual vacation to Block Island this year had a new twist: my NYC grandsons (Axel, just shy of 10 and Owen, 8) were traveling with us. I wondered how to keep them amused during the 2½ hour car trip to the ferry. Knowing...READ MORE

Pinata Party

July 14, 2016 • Posted by PartywithMoms in Anne's Parenting Column • Tags: , , , , , , Comments Off on Pinata Party

  Billy couldn’t wait for his best friend’s birthday party. He had a little collection of presents and he knew Teddy would love them: a piece of green string, a small white shell, a pinecone, a shiny dime and a small picture of the two...READ MORE

The Life-Changing Experience of Cleaning Up

June 30, 2016 • Posted by PartywithMoms in Marianne's Early Childhood Column • Tags: , , , , , , Comments Off on The Life-Changing Experience of Cleaning Up

  Many 3 and 4-year olds enter nursery school with no concept of cleaning up. At home, they have dolls, art materials, costumes, trains, trucks, balls, puzzles, games, books. They play everyday. Why are they so unfamiliar with clean up? One answer? Someone else is...READ MORE

How To Read To Your Young Child

June 16, 2016 • Posted by PartywithMoms in Marianne's Early Childhood Column • Tags: , , , , , , , 3 comments

  Most parents are well aware of the value of reading aloud to young children. When they are read lots of good stories, children fall in love with books and become lifelong readers. Yet parents can go further and turn passive listening into involved participation,...READ MORE

9 Things High School Rising Seniors Should Be Doing Now For Admissions

June 9, 2016 • Posted by PartywithMoms in Dr. Lowe's Admissions Blog • Tags: , , , , , Comments Off on 9 Things High School Rising Seniors Should Be Doing Now For Admissions

  Plan, plan and plan. “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” – Benjamin Franklin “A goal without a plan is just a wish.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Or as Yogi Berra put it:     Common App. Prepare for The Common App...READ MORE

No Flies on Me

June 2, 2016 • Posted by PartywithMoms in Anne's Parenting Column • Tags: , , , , , 3 comments

  “Rebecca, they aren’t organic!! Don’t go near those carrots!” Paige barked to her daughter at the grocery store. “I can’t look at carrots anymore?” “Looking becomes touching and that’s a big no no!” Rebecca looked carefully from the organic to non-organic carrots, trying to...READ MORE

The Family Vacation (Republished)

May 19, 2016 • Posted by PartywithMoms in Carol's Mindful Parenting Column • Tags: , , , , , , , Comments Off on The Family Vacation (Republished)

The family vacation, an American tradition. Whether it involves renting a house on Cape Cod, taking a trip to Disney World, or all piling into the family car or RV, it usually implies more togetherness than families experience any other time of the year. Spending...READ MORE

Some Thoughts on Books for Girls

May 12, 2016 • Posted by PartywithMoms in Marianne's Early Childhood Column • Tags: , , , , , , Comments Off on Some Thoughts on Books for Girls

  Ages ago, when I was an English teacher at what was then Central Jr. High, the rule of thumb for our department was that you never chose a book for the class which featured a girl protagonist. The theory: boys would not read about...READ MORE

Simplicity Rules (A Classic Revisited)

May 5, 2016 • Posted by PartywithMoms in Anne's Parenting Column • Tags: , , , , , , , 3 comments

  The late day sun felt great in the play yard of Little Farm Nursery School. The day had that perfect Thursday afternoon feeling. Children and parents were getting into cars. “Could you and Timmy come over for an early supper tonight? Mike won’t be...READ MORE

Their Own Little World

April 21, 2016 • Posted by PartywithMoms in Anne's Parenting Column • Tags: , , , , , , 2 comments

  Ozzie was waking up. His four-year old eyes looked at his Grandfather’s blue bottle sitting on a white shelf by his window. He loved looking at this bottle every morning. As the morning light passed through it, he realized there was another bit of blue...READ MORE

Considering the Perspective of Others

April 7, 2016 • Posted by PartywithMoms in Carol's Mindful Parenting Column • Tags: , , , , , , Comments Off on Considering the Perspective of Others

  Katherine Kinzler’s article, The Superior Social Skills of Bilinguals (NYT 3/11/16), cites recent research by herself and others that indicates that young children growing up in a household in which they are exposed to more than one language develop a greater capacity for a skill...READ MORE

Children Teaching Parents, Part 2 (Revisited)

March 24, 2016 • Posted by PartywithMoms in Anne's Parenting Column • Tags: , , , , , , 7 comments

  In case you missed, Children Teaching Parents, Part 1 Sam was excited, knowing Nick and his parents were coming over. He had been gathering little sticks since early morning so that he and Nick could add onto their houses the second he arrived. Julie...READ MORE

Children Teaching Parents, Part 1 (Revisited)

March 17, 2016 • Posted by PartywithMoms in Anne's Parenting Column • Tags: , , , , , , 6 comments

  Sam and Nick were four-year-old best friends. Life with each other was all they knew and that was just fine. Sam’s mother and father were Julie and Philip, slightly older parents who felt so lucky to have Sam. Julie was a landscape artist and...READ MORE

Creating Memories

March 10, 2016 • Posted by PartywithMoms in Carol's Mindful Parenting Column • Tags: , , , , , , Comments Off on Creating Memories

  In Marianne’s last two columns on Bev Bos, she shared and reinforced Bev’s belief of the importance of parents creating memories and traditions for children and of passing on memories and traditions from their own childhoods. I would like to expand this theme a...READ MORE

Pearls of Wisdom from Bev Bos

February 25, 2016 • Posted by PartywithMoms in Marianne's Early Childhood Column • Tags: , , , , , , , Comments Off on Pearls of Wisdom from Bev Bos

Thanks to all who responded so positively to my column on Bev Bos last week. As a follow-up, here are some of the beliefs that she stressed in her writings and presentations. They can guide us all as we teach or parent young children. (My...READ MORE

Singing Bev Bos Home

February 18, 2016 • Posted by PartywithMoms in Marianne's Early Childhood Column • Tags: , , , , , , Comments Off on Singing Bev Bos Home

On February 4th, Bev Bos died in her sleep at her home in California. She was a giant in the field of Early Childhood Education, a mentor and inspiration to 40 years of nursery school teachers, and a gift to children everywhere. Bev gained national...READ MORE

Parenting 101

February 4, 2016 • Posted by PartywithMoms in Anne's Parenting Column • Tags: , , , , , , , 4 comments

  Savannah Burke was cleaning up the oatmeal that her four-year-old son Jackson had spilled on the floor. Just then a feeling of something wet and cold made her touch the back of her white sweater. It was milk. She looked up and saw her...READ MORE

The Case For Spirituality

January 21, 2016 • Posted by PartywithMoms in Carol's Mindful Parenting Column • Tags: , , , , , , , Comments Off on The Case For Spirituality

  One of the hats I wear is that of a spiritual counselor and religious educator. Combining my background in developmental psychology with my faith, I have developed a series of talks I call “Parenting in Partnership with God.” I was therefore delighted to make...READ MORE

Some Thoughts on Toys

January 14, 2016 • Posted by PartywithMoms in Marianne's Early Childhood Column • Tags: , , , , , , Comments Off on Some Thoughts on Toys

I always believe the best presents for children begin with ‘B:’ Books, Blocks and Balls. All can be enjoyed independently or with others, in many different ways. I’ve named some favorite children’s books in previous articles. A few new ones found their way into my...READ MORE

A Very Small Cardiologist

January 7, 2016 • Posted by PartywithMoms in Anne's Parenting Column • Tags: , , , , , , 3 comments

  “Things just shouldn’t be so hard, Paul. You’re the kid and I’m your father. You get in the car when you are asked to and that’s that.” Russ’ voice was exasperated. Paul climbed into the jeep and tried to buckle his car seat. “That’s...READ MORE

Some Thoughts For The Holidays Ahead

December 10, 2015 • Posted by PartywithMoms in Carol's Mindful Parenting Column • Tags: , , , , , , , Comments Off on Some Thoughts For The Holidays Ahead

  As holiday time approaches and children begin to get excited and form expectations about the meaning of Christmas, Chanukah, and other celebrations, I want to ask you parents to pause and reflect on what message you are sending to your children. Because young children...READ MORE

Children Have A Hundred Languages

December 3, 2015 • Posted by PartywithMoms in Marianne's Early Childhood Column • Tags: , , , , , , , Comments Off on Children Have A Hundred Languages

  In the Reggio Emilia schools, they say children have 100 languages. They don’t mean languages in our usual sense of the word, but symbolic languages through which children express their questions and ideas about the world. The Reggio educational philosophy goes beyond speaking, writing...READ MORE

Mutual Adoration Society

November 5, 2015 • Posted by PartywithMoms in Anne's Parenting Column • Tags: , , , , 3 comments

  Patty Lawson looked through the wide doorway between her kitchen and family room at her little boy playing on the floor. She felt like the only mother alive. The enormous love she had for her ten month old and her life as his mother...READ MORE

On Grandparenting

October 29, 2015 • Posted by PartywithMoms in Carol's Mindful Parenting Column • Tags: , , , , , , , Comments Off on On Grandparenting

  Most likely, few of you readers of this column are grandparents. Most of you who have young children, however, probably have one or more parents of your own who play a role in your children’s lives. As a grandparent myself, I offer this column...READ MORE

Children’s Books I Love (That You Might Not Know)

October 22, 2015 • Posted by PartywithMoms in Marianne's Early Childhood Column • Tags: , , , , , , , , , Comments Off on Children’s Books I Love (That You Might Not Know)

  The annual Book Fair is one of my favorite events of school life. And a most enjoyable job for me was advising parents on which books their children would love. The classics and the favorites were easy. But every once in a while, we...READ MORE

Speaking Volumes In A Baby Voice

October 8, 2015 • Posted by PartywithMoms in Anne's Parenting Column • Tags: , , , , 1 comment

  I was sitting at my desk when I heard my mother say, “There’s my Sealy.” “Hi, Mommy. I’m going to color a little,” I called to her. “Oh my beautiful Seal. Look at you!” Kate Barnes cooed, wrapping her baby girl in a big...READ MORE

The Gift

October 1, 2015 • Posted by PartywithMoms in Carol's Mindful Parenting Column • Tags: , , , , , , , Comments Off on The Gift

  Now that school has started, children will frequently be bringing home papers, drawings, craft projects and things they have collected that they want to share with their parents. Behind each of these offerings is a message. Often, however, our parental response fails to take...READ MORE

Play’s The Thing

September 24, 2015 • Posted by PartywithMoms in Marianne's Early Childhood Column • Tags: , , , , , , Comments Off on Play’s The Thing

  Most parents understand that children learn primarily through play. Yet, when their child attends a play-based nursery school, they may wonder whether he or she is being challenged, being thoroughly prepared for elementary school, being exposed to “academics.” Studies show that rote learning at...READ MORE

The Long Goodbye (republished from Jan. 2013 by popular demand)

September 10, 2015 • Posted by PartywithMoms in Anne's Parenting Column • Tags: , , , , 7 comments

With the very best intentions, mothers often take too long to say goodbye. Hoping to give a child that extra bit of tenderness, they instead inadvertently make things harder for their child and themselves. Trying to leave and actually leaving are very different. Here is...READ MORE

August Times

August 5, 2015 • Posted by PartywithMoms in Marianne's Early Childhood Column • Tags: , , , , , , , Comments Off on August Times

  Marianne’s last column until mid-September… Most day camps for younger children end by the beginning of August. Inevitably parents contemplate thirty-odd days of blank time and wonder, “What will they do? How can we keep them amused? Or busy, or learning?” Actually this is...READ MORE

Road Trip

July 30, 2015 • Posted by PartywithMoms in Anne's Parenting Column • Tags: , , , , 5 comments

Reaching to shut off the alarm clock, John thought, “That was the shortest night of my life.” He was in a B & B in the state of Washington, a long way from his home on the East Coast. After a quick shower, he went...READ MORE

What’s So Great About Grandchildren?

July 16, 2015 • Posted by PartywithMoms in Marianne's Early Childhood Column • Tags: , , , , , , , Comments Off on What’s So Great About Grandchildren?

  The answer is simple: EVERYTHING! You know the saying, “If I’d known grandchildren were so great, I’d have had them first.” Of course it doesn’t work that way. But I understand why people say it. Grandchildren are pure joy, without the mixture of love,...READ MORE

New Neighbors

July 9, 2015 • Posted by PartywithMoms in Anne's Parenting Column • Tags: , , , , 2 comments

Dara and Dave Thompson had moved out of New York a month ago and settled in Lakewood, Connecticut with their children, Davey, 4, Teddy, 2 and Eva, four months. Dara wrote for a parenting magazine, now on a very reduced schedule. Dave worked for a small investment...READ MORE

It’s Summer! Do You Know Where Your Children Are?

July 2, 2015 • Posted by PartywithMoms in Marianne's Early Childhood Column • Tags: , , , , , , , Comments Off on It’s Summer! Do You Know Where Your Children Are?

Of course you do! They are in camp, or playing on a baseball or soccer team, or at the club pool or taking a tennis lesson. You or another adult is with them. Or maybe they are at home, watching a movie, TV, playing a...READ MORE

Downtime

June 18, 2015 • Posted by PartywithMoms in Carol's Mindful Parenting Column • Tags: , , , , , , Comments Off on Downtime

  In my last column I explored the concept of “good stress,” the idea that healthy cognitive and emotional growth requires the opportunity to meet challenges and discover that one can deal with minor frustrations and failures. The essential concept is that good stress is...READ MORE

Perfectly Awful

June 11, 2015 • Posted by PartywithMoms in Anne's Parenting Column • Tags: , , , , , 3 comments

“Carrie! Tommy! You aren’t sitting on a stone wall in your nice clothes, are you?” The children jumped down off the wall and looked at their clothes. “We’re still clean,” Tommy called. “Mommy is so weird. A stone wall is now like a monster,” Carrie...READ MORE

What I Learned From Reggio Emilia

May 28, 2015 • Posted by PartywithMoms in Marianne's Early Childhood Column • Tags: , , , , , , , Comments Off on What I Learned From Reggio Emilia

Reggio Emilia burst upon the early childhood scene in 1991 when Newsweek described their schools in Northern Italy as “the best early childhood experience in the world.” Suddenly educators everywhere were studying their philosophies and practices. There was a lot to study: books, videos, tours...READ MORE

Good Stress by Carol Tolonen

May 21, 2015 • Posted by PartywithMoms in Carol's Mindful Parenting Column • Tags: , , , , , , , Comments Off on Good Stress by Carol Tolonen

  On May 5th and again on May 12th a number of parents gathered at Putnam Indian Field School to discuss issues prompted by the book Mindful Parenting by Kristen Race. Most of the discussion centered on ways in which parents can be mindful of the...READ MORE

Is Your Child Ready For Kindergarten?

May 7, 2015 • Posted by PartywithMoms in Marianne's Early Childhood Column • Tags: , , , , , , , Comments Off on Is Your Child Ready For Kindergarten?

  As the end of nursery school approaches, inevitably parents wonder about how their children will fare in the big next school. Have they been “prepared?” Many parents associate preparedness with academics, but social development is more essential for success. If the children have learned...READ MORE

Ordinary Treasures

April 23, 2015 • Posted by PartywithMoms in Anne's Parenting Column • Tags: , , , , 2 comments

There are many touching common threads that run through the experiences of very young children. One is their sudden infatuation with ordinary items they discover on the floor or on the ground. I am always intrigued and peacefully startled when a child becomes fascinated with...READ MORE

Mindfulness by Carol Tolonen

April 16, 2015 • Posted by PartywithMoms in Carol's Mindful Parenting Column • Tags: , , , , , , , , , Comments Off on Mindfulness by Carol Tolonen

  I bet you’ve heard the term bandied about a good deal recently. Perhaps you’ve wondered what it’s really all about and whether it has any relevance to yourself or your parenting. Although the concept has its origins in Eastern religious meditation practices, it has...READ MORE

The Importance Of Pretend

April 9, 2015 • Posted by PartywithMoms in Marianne's Early Childhood Column • Tags: , , , , , , Comments Off on The Importance Of Pretend

  We’ve all heard children doing it – deciding who will be the mom, the dad, the sister, the puppy. Or maybe they’re playing restaurant, with a chef, a waiter, and a hungry customer or two. Or assuming the roles of a serious but kind...READ MORE

The Play Date From Hell

April 2, 2015 • Posted by PartywithMoms in Anne's Parenting Column • Tags: , , , , 2 comments

Charlie threw his coat into his cubby. Bridget, Charlie’s mother called into the room, “Hi all. Charlie will be bringing Finn home. See ya!” “Hi Charlie,” greeted Miss Carter, cheerfully. “Hi. Where’s Finn?” “He isn’t here yet. I have some new cars. Would you like...READ MORE

The Power Of Positive Attention

March 19, 2015 • Posted by PartywithMoms in Marianne's Early Childhood Column • Tags: , , , , , , Comments Off on The Power Of Positive Attention

  When I wrote about Self-Regulation, I related it to a child’s ability to take on an unattractive or difficult task when necessary. What does a child do when the teacher announces clean up time? Children with a good sense of self-regulation pitch right in...READ MORE

Couldn’t We Just Stay Home?

March 5, 2015 • Posted by PartywithMoms in Anne's Parenting Column • Tags: , , , , 3 comments

Sally and James were being extra quiet. They didn’t want their mother and father to know they were awake. It was Saturday and the children were planning to draw and make cards for their Grandmother whose birthday was coming up. Then they heard their father...READ MORE

Self Regulation: A Key To Success In School And Life

February 26, 2015 • Posted by PartywithMoms in Marianne's Early Childhood Column • Tags: , , , , , , , Comments Off on Self Regulation: A Key To Success In School And Life

  My last column discussed emotional self-regulation, the ability to control impulses and behave in a way appropriate to the circumstance. By developing this skill, children become more productive and socially competent.  There is a cognitive aspect to self-regulation as well, which helps children overcome...READ MORE

Self Regulation: A Crucial Skill For Learning Success

February 12, 2015 • Posted by PartywithMoms in Marianne's Early Childhood Column • Tags: , , , , , , , Comments Off on Self Regulation: A Crucial Skill For Learning Success

  What is self-regulation? How do children develop it? We are told all the time how important that development is to future success in school and life.  Self-regulation may be defined as the ability to control one’s own behavior and emotions and adapt them in...READ MORE

Feeling Shy

February 5, 2015 • Posted by PartywithMoms in Anne's Parenting Column • Tags: , , , , 4 comments

Lizzy walked behind her mother as they approached the door of her nursery school. Just inside, the principal, Mrs. Carmichael was waiting to greet them. “Good morning Lizzy. Good morning Margaret. How are you today?” She put her hand out to Lizzy, but Lizzy ducked...READ MORE

Helping Your Child Be A Successful Learner: Part 2

January 29, 2015 • Posted by PartywithMoms in Marianne's Early Childhood Column • Tags: , , , , , , Comments Off on Helping Your Child Be A Successful Learner: Part 2

  My last column described “hypothesis testing” as a mindset children need to develop to become successful learners. Hypothesis testing can be defined as learning by hands-on trial and error until understanding is acquired.  Another helpful mindset to encourage in children is risk-taking. Don’t worry....READ MORE

Living Examples 2: The Gentles

January 22, 2015 • Posted by PartywithMoms in Anne's Parenting Column • Tags: , , , , 3 comments

“Mommy, the birds’ nests are blowing a lot in the wind. I feel sorry for the birds.”  Marian and her son, Denny were driving to the Farnsworth’s for a simple supper. It was very windy. They both saw how much the branches were bending. “Oh...READ MORE

Living Examples: The Horribles

January 15, 2015 • Posted by PartywithMoms in Anne's Parenting Column • Tags: , , , , 3 comments

“In the car, Patty. We’re late. I mean now. All that dawdling is going to cost you.” “You’re not the boss of me,” four-year old Patty squawked. “Wanna bet?” Patty tried to resist her father’s grasp. Jeb picked up his daughter, put her in her...READ MORE

Helping Your Child Be A Successful Learner

January 8, 2015 • Posted by PartywithMoms in Marianne's Early Childhood Column • Tags: , , , , , , , Comments Off on Helping Your Child Be A Successful Learner

  Parents wonder what they can do to help their children become successful learners. There are certain “mind sets” that are important for young children to develop which will help them considerably later on. One is known as “hypothesis testing.” Children have a lot of...READ MORE

Hanging On To The Magic Of Stories

December 11, 2014 • Posted by PartywithMoms in Marianne's Early Childhood Column • Tags: , , , , , , Comments Off on Hanging On To The Magic Of Stories

  Some recent Moms of the Week have described their favorite part of the day as the time spent cuddling and reading bedtime stories with their children. Besides the obvious closeness of the experience, reading to children offers so many benefits. Children gain a rich...READ MORE

Nanny Trouble

December 4, 2014 • Posted by PartywithMoms in Anne's Parenting Column • Tags: , , , , 3 comments

“What are you doing in there, Colin?” Denise barked from the hallway. “That’s my room. Keep out.” “Oh Denise, I was just looking for you. Sorry.”  “Then call me. Sneaking into my room is wrong. What do you want?”  “I wanted to ask when Mommy’s...READ MORE

Sensory Learning Sticks

November 20, 2014 • Posted by PartywithMoms in Marianne's Early Childhood Column • Tags: , , , , , , Comments Off on Sensory Learning Sticks

  One of the best gifts parents can give their young child(ren) is a sensory table. Children learn and retain knowledge best when their senses are engaged; a sensory table offers so many opportunities for learning. You will be amazed at how centered and calm...READ MORE

The Good Nanny

November 13, 2014 • Posted by PartywithMoms in Anne's Parenting Column • Tags: , , , , 1 comment

Betsy had been awake for a while when she heard “Whaaah!” coming from Charlie’s room. She threw on her pink terry cloth robe and went to the six-month old she took care of.  “There you are! Hi Charlie. How’s my adorable boy?” She picked Charlie...READ MORE

The Gift Of Free Time

November 6, 2014 • Posted by PartywithMoms in Marianne's Early Childhood Column • Tags: , , , , , , Comments Off on The Gift Of Free Time

  Parents are getting used to being told not to overschedule their children. Yet the enrichment classes, the sports clinics, the many after school activities offered continue to be full. Why? Some parents want to give their child an “edge,” whether it is a leg...READ MORE

A Little Child Labor Goes A Long Way

October 23, 2014 • Posted by PartywithMoms in Marianne's Early Childhood Column • Tags: , , , , , , , , Comments Off on A Little Child Labor Goes A Long Way

  Most parents are aware of the importance of building confidence and self-esteem in their children. How to do it effectively? One way is to listen when they talk and then respond, to let them know you take their ideas seriously. Ask their opinions at...READ MORE

The Competitives Part 2

October 2, 2014 • Posted by PartywithMoms in Anne's Parenting Column • Tags: , , , , 2 comments

Becky was happy that her new classroom was sunny and the staff was so friendly.  She did have butterflies and yet she knew once her job actually began, she’d feel calmer.  On the Sunday night before the first day of school, her clothes were already...READ MORE

Anne recommends this article to every parent…

October 1, 2014 • Posted by PartywithMoms in Anne's Parenting Column, Education & Programs • Tags: , , , , , 2 comments

Why Steve Jobs Didn’t Let His Kids Use iPads (And Why You Shouldn’t Either) via nextshark.com If you fall within the Gen-Y era like us, chances are you’ve given a bunch of thought as to how you would raise your own children in this day...READ MORE

The Competitives

September 18, 2014 • Posted by PartywithMoms in Anne's Parenting Column • Tags: , , , , 4 comments

Right after Labor Day, the teachers went in to school to prepare their classrooms. Becky was new to the faculty, having just moved to town from Maine. When it was time for lunch, she felt awkward joining the groups of obvious friends who gathered in...READ MORE

Scaredy Cats

September 4, 2014 • Posted by PartywithMoms in Anne's Parenting Column • Tags: , , , 3 comments

Jane and Lizzy had been close friends in high school and, as both recently moved back to their hometown, their friendship felt current and even stronger.  Both were married with young children and they often shared parenting notes with each other. On one bright morning,...READ MORE

Vive Life Together

August 21, 2014 • Posted by PartywithMoms in Anne's Parenting Column • Tags: , , , 5 comments

I recently returned from a trip to France.  I keep thinking of all that I saw and ate and drank and felt. By some extra piece of good fortune, I have been given something new and wonderful to think about. As my sister and I...READ MORE

A Little Miracle

May 15, 2014 • Posted by PartywithMoms in Anne's Parenting Column • Tags: , , , 3 comments

“Come on Quinn, let’s get the show on the road.  Eat something.  No more just staring at your broccoli.”  Carrie Griffiths was clearly out of patience with her son. Dod Griffiths came over to Quinn and patted his dark curls.  “Quinnie, have a little nibble. ...READ MORE

Mom’s Night In

May 1, 2014 • Posted by PartywithMoms in Anne's Parenting Column • Tags: , , , 1 comment

Getting ready for her first ever Girl’s Night Out, Margaret could hear her children squabbling downstairs.  She was just putting on her new dangly earrings when she heard a thud.  Running down the stairs she saw her two-year old, Juliet splat on the floor.  Four-year...READ MORE

Mommy, Dearest

April 17, 2014 • Posted by PartywithMoms in Anne's Parenting Column • Tags: , , , 7 comments

Leaving the museum, Elizabeth said, “Yes, the dinosaurs were real.  That was a very, very long time ago, Philip.  Million and millions of years ago.”  “Were you alive, Mommy?”  Elizabeth said cooly, “Have you been paying attention at all, Philip?” “I think so, Mommy.  A...READ MORE

The Magic Crayon

April 3, 2014 • Posted by PartywithMoms in Anne's Parenting Column • Tags: , , , 1 comment

Sun filled the wide hallway of the Little Farms Nursery School.  It was the second week of school and the children were settling into their lives there after the long summer vacation.  Mrs. Macafer was a young, vibrant, and very smiley teacher.  She adored children...READ MORE

Second Thoughts

March 6, 2014 • Posted by PartywithMoms in Anne's Parenting Column • Tags: , , , 5 comments

Marina Overton was setting up her desk in her new room, taking things out of a cardboard moving box: her tape dispenser, a little pair of red handled scissors, several drawing pads, lots of crayons and colored pencils.  As she arranged them on her white...READ MORE

A Family Valentine

February 20, 2014 • Posted by PartywithMoms in Anne's Parenting Column • Tags: , , , 3 comments

During the Thanksgiving holiday, four-year-old John Colligan became tearful at every turn.  He was feeling extra attached to his mother, Liz, and wanted to be with her all the time. She did make special times for each of her four children but loved time with...READ MORE

Rush Hour

February 6, 2014 • Posted by PartywithMoms in Anne's Parenting Column • Tags: , , , 2 comments

Suzy Lawrence tucked four-year-old Lilly and six-year-old Bailey into bed.  Several stories had been read and the children were very content.  As Suzy reached to put out the light, she said, “Girls, I need your help tomorrow.  I’m running the book fair at Bailey’s school. ...READ MORE

Potty Talk

January 23, 2014 • Posted by PartywithMoms in Anne's Parenting Column • Tags: , , , 4 comments

Scott and Sloane Barrett were scurrying around, tidying up their slightly messy house for an unexpected visit from Scott’s mother and father.  Sloane felt a bit frantic, knowing that in less than an hour, the most particular, proper two people on earth were about to...READ MORE

The Best Nest

January 9, 2014 • Posted by PartywithMoms in Anne's Parenting Column • Tags: , , , 4 comments

Denny woke up with a start.  Ever since he had moved into a real bed, sleeping through the night had been difficult.  During the day, Denny sometimes became tearful out of the blue.  His parents, Anna and Brian, couldn’t figure out what was upsetting him....READ MORE

My Daughter, Myself

December 5, 2013 • Posted by PartywithMoms in Anne's Parenting Column • Tags: , , , 6 comments

Dana Henry was walking quickly down the hall of her four year old daughter’s nursery school.  She had made a spur of the moment appointment at her hair salon, to have Danni’s hair cut in a classic bob, just like her own.  As she peered...READ MORE

Doing Research

November 21, 2013 • Posted by PartywithMoms in Anne's Parenting Column • Tags: , , , 7 comments

At lunchtime on a beautiful warm day, Julia left the art gallery where she worked and made her way to the park.  Julia had found out a few weeks ago that she was expecting a baby and she felt compelled to be near mothers and...READ MORE

The Little Red Convertible

November 7, 2013 • Posted by PartywithMoms in Anne's Parenting Column • Tags: , , , 2 comments

Mrs. Connelly had been teaching in the same sunny room for years.  She loved her four-year-olds and their parents.  Each year brought her a new mix of angelic and rambunctious children. The classroom had an open, full feeling, with lots of choices for play.  Mrs....READ MORE

The Totally Badgered Mother

October 24, 2013 • Posted by PartywithMoms in Anne's Parenting Column • Tags: , , , 7 comments

Four year old Barney really knew how to wear his mother out.  He never listened.  At the park she frequently had to resort to bribes to lure Barney away from the riding toys or the sand box.  Her promises of treats in the car nearly...READ MORE

Fern and Cubby

October 11, 2013 • Posted by PartywithMoms in Anne's Parenting Column • Tags: , , , 5 comments

It was a lovely, cool Saturday in October.  Two-year-old Cubby was in his crib, sleeping soundly.  Fern, his four-year-old sister, decided she was going to get him up and show him what school is.  She lowered the side of the crib and picked up her...READ MORE

From Heart to Heart

September 26, 2013 • Posted by PartywithMoms in Anne's Parenting Column • Tags: , , , 4 comments

Jane woke up to the sound of her mother’s voice on the phone.  Elizabeth’s voice was different, trembly.  She couldn’t really hear what her mother was actually saying.  Jane sat up, to listen better. “I know Daddy.  Yes, I will bring the children with me....READ MORE

The Magic Hour

August 15, 2013 • Posted by PartywithMoms in Anne's Parenting Column • Tags: , , , 2 comments

Kate and Rory Haskell lived in New York City with their son George.  Rory was a partner in an architectural firm and Kate had worked at the Museum of Natural History until the day before George was born. Kate’s days were filled with the usual...READ MORE

So New It Is Old

July 25, 2013 • Posted by PartywithMoms in Anne's Parenting Column • Tags: , , , 6 comments

The Hogans were looking forward to getting a new car.  Their car ran well most of the time.  Sometimes, however, out of the blue, it wouldn’t start.  It was really tired looking, too.  The old green paint was dull and the car had scratches and...READ MORE

Furry

July 11, 2013 • Posted by PartywithMoms in Anne's Parenting Column • Tags: , , , 7 comments

On Friday the little boys got out of school at noon.  Leo’s mother had arranged to bring Leo and his friend Willy home to play.  But then during the morning, Ward’s mother, Jessie had called her. “I hear Leo and Willy are having a play...READ MORE

Wimping Out on the Job

June 13, 2013 • Posted by PartywithMoms in Anne's Parenting Column • Tags: , , , 8 comments

I liked my friend Marian very much, yet I wasn’t sold on her parenting skills.  One day, we arranged to meet at a park with our children.  Immediately, there was trouble. “Honey, we don’t play with sticks.  Chip, let’s not put that near Tyler’s face....READ MORE

Children in Charge, Part 2

May 16, 2013 • Posted by PartywithMoms in Anne's Parenting Column • Tags: , , , 2 comments

Davis and Jamie Armstrong received a package from their grandparents, containing some small, beautiful metal cars and trucks.  The boys each had a favorite.  Jamie loved a green sports car and Davis loved the red bread truck.  They were having fun racing them around the...READ MORE

Children in Charge, Part 1

May 9, 2013 • Posted by PartywithMoms in Anne's Parenting Column • Tags: , , , 4 comments

On Saturday morning, two brothers, Davis and Jamie, woke up really early.  Their parents, Regina and Tad Armstrong, were still asleep, so the boys went downstairs and put on the TV.  Soon they were watching a scary cartoon called Mean Dog.  It was a show...READ MORE

My Child, My Mirror

May 2, 2013 • Posted by PartywithMoms in Anne's Parenting Column • Tags: , , , 8 comments

There is no question that I like things to go well.  I also expect things to go as planned.  I am recently divorced and work from home.  Having two young boys to take care of is no snap.  Babysitters are often late, or are only...READ MORE

Fishing Lessons

April 25, 2013 • Posted by PartywithMoms in Anne's Parenting Column • Tags: , , , 5 comments

Chris Miller and Joanie Crowe had been neighbors all six years of their young lives.  Their mothers and fathers were good friends.  Liz Miller and Julia Crowe enjoyed gardening and going to yard sales together.  The fathers shared a love of house projects and helped...READ MORE

The Happy Plan

April 18, 2013 • Posted by PartywithMoms in Anne's Parenting Column • Tags: , , , , 5 comments

Denny was working on a painting. He loved vibrant colors and for someone so young, his color sense was matched only by his love of doing art. Friends and relatives always looked forward to receiving examples of his work. Denny would paint on anything —...READ MORE

The Big Boy Bed

April 11, 2013 • Posted by PartywithMoms in Anne's Parenting Column • Tags: , , , , 8 comments

Charlie awakened to his mother’s laugh. She was in his baby brother, Finn’s room. Charlie got out of his new bed. A month before Finn was born, Charlie’s mother and father had told him that he was ready for a “big boy bed.” “You’re such...READ MORE

Comfort

April 4, 2013 • Posted by PartywithMoms in Anne's Parenting Column • Tags: , , , , 10 comments

Lizzy was drawing at a small wooden table in the kitchen. She liked to work in what she called her “office,” to be near her mother, Margaret. Tape, a few bright markers, a small box of crayons, and white paper were her “office supplies.” Lizzy...READ MORE

The Growing Heart

March 28, 2013 • Posted by PartywithMoms in Anne's Parenting Column • Tags: , , , , 2 comments

Alexa and Will Morgan were excited about the imminent arrival of their second child. Their three-year old daughter, Sunny was happy to become a big sister too. She was thrilled to think that she would soon be dressing the baby and carrying her around. Plans...READ MORE

Whose Child is this Anyway? Part 2 The Rearview Mirror

March 21, 2013 • Posted by PartywithMoms in Anne's Parenting Column • Tags: , , , , 8 comments

Jane Reynolds was driving quickly to get Jack to his soccer game. As the last red light turned green, Jane said, “Jack, today how about thinking about what you are doing on the field?” Jack was touching the slippery fabric of his soccer shorts with...READ MORE

Whose Child is this Anyway? Part 1

March 7, 2013 • Posted by PartywithMoms in Anne's Parenting Column • Tags: , , , , 6 comments

Backing out of the driveway, Jensen handed her son James a little red box. When he touched it, a robotic voice said, “Two and two are ___?” James dropped it on the floor. Jensen said, “Two and two are ___?” No answer. James was clearly...READ MORE

Boot Camp

February 28, 2013 • Posted by PartywithMoms in Anne's Parenting Column • Tags: , , , , 9 comments

Two little girls were in a luncheonette with their mother, finishing up their grilled cheese sandwiches and chocolate milk. Their mother had planned the lunch as a treat. She also wanted to look for boots for herself at a shoe store that was having a...READ MORE

A Change of Heart

February 14, 2013 • Posted by PartywithMoms in Anne's Parenting Column • Tags: , , , , 4 comments

Jane had been trying to pump on a swing for a long time. Her mother, Trish encouraged her, repeating, “Toes to the tree, heels back to me.” She wondered how long it would take Jane to learn, knowing her daughter would gain a lot of...READ MORE

When Children Stretch the Truth, Part 2: Lying to Parents

February 7, 2013 • Posted by PartywithMoms in Anne's Parenting Column • Tags: , , , , 2 comments

Twin sisters, Becky and Lulu loved their mother’s collection of demitasse cups almost as much as she did. Whenever a new one was added, they all helped to decide where to place it to make it look its best. The girls would often go to...READ MORE

When Children Stretch the Truth, Part 1: Lying to Friends

January 31, 2013 • Posted by PartywithMoms in Anne's Parenting Column • Tags: , , , , 2 comments

Tess and Sally were happily playing with small dolls and a dollhouse. Pretend doctor visits, diaper changes and tiny invisible meals filled this happy time. Tess’ mother was folding clothes on a couch close by. After putting the dolls to bed, the girls talked quietly....READ MORE

Hooray for a Short Goodbye!

January 24, 2013 • Posted by PartywithMoms in Anne's Parenting Column • Tags: , , , , 7 comments

Johnny and his mother come down the school driveway in their car. Walking up the familiar brick path, they talk about what they will have for lunch. At the door, Johnny suddenly turns and grabs his mother’s coat and she picks him up. Memories of...READ MORE

We’ve All Been There

January 10, 2013 • Posted by PartywithMoms in Anne's Parenting Column • Tags: , , , , 4 comments

A little boy is at his mother’s feet in the play yard, slapping her shiny boots with a muddy stick. She is talking to another mother about summer camp ideas. Children are running and laughing close by. An unexpected and welcome surprise of warm weather...READ MORE

When Things Are Going Well

January 3, 2013 • Posted by PartywithMoms in Anne's Parenting Column • Tags: , , , , 3 comments

Sustaining happiness is something we all wish we knew how to do. Is there some little way that we can try to do this with and for our children? Sometimes children find their way into complete and imaginative play. Rubber people and stuffed toys suddenly...READ MORE

What Do Children Really Want?

December 18, 2012 • Posted by PartywithMoms in Anne's Parenting Column • Tags: , , , , 15 comments

As young Mothers and Grandmothers gladly and wholeheartedly comb the earth to find a very special something for a little relative, they might be surprised to know they have this present already. What the child most wants is their attention and time. A child’s heart’s...READ MORE

Party with Moms is Adding a Parenting Expertise Column!

December 17, 2012 • Posted by PartywithMoms in Cool Other Stuff • Tags: , , , , Comments Off on Party with Moms is Adding a Parenting Expertise Column!

Moms love to party and have fun, and they also work to help others… but all Moms have a major day job (or two).  That day job involves guiding and caring for children and helping them become resilient and happy little people.  It’s not easy....READ MORE

 
 
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