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

At The Core…

“Instead of thinking about caring for children as a kind of work, aimed at producing smart or happy or successful adults, we should think of it as a kind of love. Love doesn’t have goals or benchmarks or blueprints, but it does have a purpose. Love’s purpose is not to shape our beloved’s destiny but to help them shape their own.” Alison Gopnik, Ph.D.

I’m Here, I Want to Listen…

Written by: Sara Zacuto “People have said, ‘Don’t cry’ to other people for years and years, and all it has ever meant is, ‘I’m too uncomfortable when you show your feelings. Don’t cry.’ I’d rather have them say, ‘Go ahead and cry. I’m here to be with you.” ― Mr. Rogers

What Does It Mean To Be A Friend?

I'll be perfectly clear and say that I have no intention of answering this question...I don't think there is a definitive answer. It is a question we ponder with children often in our school. One way that children ask each other to play is by using the language "wanna be my friend?" But what do [...]

Creating a Culture of Consent with Young Children

I want to carefully tiptoe up to this subject for several reasons, one being that it can be a triggering topic for adults. It can bring up a myriad of complicated or possibly painful memories and feelings, and raise what might feel like unanswerable questions. Adults can also misconstrue the meaning as sexual in nature, [...]

Exploring the Rights of Children

Last week I hosted a parent workshop where we collectively took a closer look at the rights of children. We came together, we talked, we questioned and we reflected on how to uphold the rights of the child in a parental context and in the context of a classroom. At one point I posed the question [...]

“It’s Not About the Cup”

Last weekend we discussed this topic in our parent workshop entitled "Examining Our Expectations." We shared our common struggles and deepened our sense of community by coming together with a common goal-to reflect on our practices as parents. We talked about the feelings that might inform the behavior that we see in our children, and [...]

The Gift of Acknowledgement

How many times have you been out shopping, or at a park and witnessed a young child melting down, crying, pleading, maybe even screaming? Perhaps they wanted a new toy, maybe they were tired or hungry, or they experienced a conflict with another child. I’ve seen this scenario play out more times than I can [...]