Finding Joy in the Journey

Written by: Sara Zacuto "Parenting is the development of an extremely vital relationship, the model for every future relationship your child will engage in." ~Janet Lansbury

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, [...]

“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 [...]

Are You Okay? Cultivating Empathy Alongside Young Children

Learning is a result of listening, which in turn leads to even better listening and attentiveness to the other person. In other words, to learn from the child, we must have empathy, and empathy grows as we learn. ~Alice Miller