Today’s interview of the Theory of Loose Parts and Early Childhood Development is really interesting.  If you can listen through what Diane has to say she has some really great ideas on how we can easily improve our children’s environment and encourage play with things that are just around the house.

Diane. She is a registered Early Childhood Educator in the province of Ontario, Canada. For the last 30 years, she has been teaching Early Childhood educators at the post-secondary level and also does a lot of training and consulting with Early Childhood educators, kindergarten teachers, and anybody involved in the early year sector.

Theory of Loose Parts. The term “loose parts” was coined by Simon Nicholson in 1971. He wrote an article called The Theory of Loose Parts – How Not to Treat Children. He was a landscape architect – … Read More...

This episode, we had Shelly Pace Weiser on the podcast. She owns the Hive which is a co-working space/ coffee shop, and child care facility. The idea started in 2015 and she recently opened her doors in October 2017.

The Hive has an open seating cafe area, a lounge area, and a picnic area where everyone can visit or work absolutely free. So imagine, you need an hour of work time. You can go to the Hive, drop off your kids, get a latte, sit down and get done whatever you need, last minute or not! And, you know your kids are well taken care of. I was really interested in interviewing Shelly when I heard about the concept she was launching because I think there is such need for spaces like The Hive, and I selfishly wish we had a … Read More...

Chino is a social worker, and has been at Educational Alliance for 12 years. She runs the Youth Program, and has some great advice today on the importance of perseverance, exposing your kids to opportunities that will build their self esteem and skills, as well as how much you can really shape peer groups, and exposure to mentors that can shape your children’s life.

Chino. She is a licensed clinical social worker for Educational Alliance, a non-profit organization on the lower east side of Manhattan and has been in existence for over 125 years. It is an organization that is truly dedicated and focused on developing the community. Presently, Educational Alliance is focused on the full continuum of the lifespan, from neonatal all the way to aging adults. Chino’s focused area is largely on youth – young people between the grades … Read More...

If I were to write my rules for a happy life, what would they be? I can say that I am too young to know, but I’m 35. I’m old enough to know, and old enough to have kids, which means old enough to pass on the wisdom.

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Stacy’s 6 Rules for a Happy Life

1.     Build, Grow, and Get Better Each Day- Do one thing each day that scares you. Face fear and slap it in the face. That can be reaching out to the person that you are intimidated … Read More...