The Stuff of Childhood

By Sara Zacuto "Trust yourself, yes, but also trust children. They know what they need to do." ~Bev Bos

Finding Comfort In Conflict

By Kelsie Castro

“Those who have a strong sense of love and belonging have the courage to be imperfect.”

-Brene Brown

Dear Sara…

“Conscious parenting is activism and activism is hard. Activists are cycle breakers. Breaking cycles requires deep change and that takes time. So activists need a lot of patience. It can be deeply painful. So we need the ability to bear great pain. It is often exhausting. So we need to be good at loving ourselves and taking care of ourselves. Conscious parenting is activism. You are changing the world.”

– Vivek Patel

It’s A River Party!

by Eric Eyman

“Children need safe enough environments in which to play and explore, and they need free access to the tools, ideas, and people (including playmates) that can help them along their own chosen paths.”

~Peter Gray

An Open Invitation

By Kelsie Castro

“There are painters who transform the sun to a yellow spot, but there are others who with the help of their art and their intelligence, transform a yellow spot into the sun.”

~Pablo Picasso

Intimately Connecting with Paint Tools

by Michelle Ramirez

"In our work with these materials, we strive to honor the ways in which children live in their bodies, growing relationships with materials through their physical encounters with them."

~Ann Pelo

I’m A Wrestler, Not A Fighter

By Dawn Velez

"Facing risk helps children assess the world around them and their place in it. Over time, they see their abilities grow, and they become ever more confident about stretching their boundaries and taking appropriate chances. They also learn about their limits and the consequences of going too far beyond their limits."

~Joan Almon

Dear Sara…

"As children’s awareness of themselves grows, they become quite aware of the body parts they and others have, and those body parts are highly interesting. But grownups aren’t talking about them, and we don’t like to. So they need to create a “party atmosphere” to bring up the subject, and to keep it on the table. If we were more enthusiastic, maybe they wouldn’t have to provide so much of the enthusiasm. But it’s part of integrating yourself as a human being to pay attention to who you are, what your equipment is, and how it all works."

~Patty Wipfler

Dear Sara…

A thoughtful parent sent me an email the other day posing a question about her twin boys (5). She made the brilliant suggestion to start a "Dear Sara" column where I can address these kind of concerns in a larger forum and offer my advice. I love this idea and asked her if I could [...]

Love Letter to the Drifting Child

By Sara Zacuto

"Courage starts with showing up and letting ourselves be seen."
~Brene Brown