We Wouldn’t Put a Toddler on a Tightrope

This is a variation on my “earlier-is-not-better” theme. If you’ve been following my work – whether recently or for a while – you know that I’m continually trying to debunk the insidious myth that earlier is better. It’s become so prevalent in our society! Whether we’re talking about athletics or academics, parents, administrators, policymakers, and…

What If We Took Control of Our 2021?

All over social media – and beyond – people are breathlessly counting down the days until the end of 2020. Like four-year-olds who engage in magical thinking, we’re imagining life will miraculously improve at the stroke of midnight on December 31st. And who could blame us? It’s been a singularly difficult year. I’ve never lived through…

The Trouble with Traditional Transitions

What are some words that come to mind when you think about transitions in your early childhood setting? Might they include chaotic, noisy, unmanageable, frustrating, or time-wasting? These are some of the responses I receive when I ask that question in my presentations. I then ask: Not academically speaking, what things would be at the…