New Foods ~ Nuevos alimentos

New Foods ~ Nuevos alimentos

Eat a Rainbow Coma un arco iris By Connie Goldin, LMFT Just like in other learning processes, introducing new foods to young children takes time and patience. Baby steps are important. Allow your children to see, touch and smell an unfamiliar food before you serve it to them. If you eat something in front of … Continue reading »

Nutrition ~ Nutrición

Nutrition ~ Nutrición

Healthy Appetites, Happy Kids! ¡Apetitos saludables, Niños felices! By Connie Goldin, LMFT Important Websites for Families ~ Sitios importantes para las familias Choose My Plate.Gov Choose My Plate Mi Plato Niños y niños preescolares For Picky Eaters Para niños batallosos para comer Behavioral Milestones Logros del desarrollo HealthyChildren.Org Picky Eaters Niños que son comensales exigentes … Continue reading »

Colorful Creatures

Colorful Creatures

Colorful Creatures A Spectacular Book on Color and Animals By Connie Goldin, LMFT Colorful Creatures by Anita Ganeri, is one of the most beautiful books on animal life that I have ever seen. It is nonfiction, since it is photos of creatures–birds, sea life, mammals, reptiles, and insects–that is organized by color. Each centerfold displays … Continue reading »

Feeling Fall-ish!

Feeling Fall-ish!

Beautiful Picture Books In the Colors of Fall By Connie Goldin, LMFT In San Diego, summer runs into Halloween. Thanksgiving can be a gorgeous 80 degree day, and Christmas is a thrill when the day stays in the low 60s. So, when I saw the charming children’s book, Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn last week on … Continue reading »

Family Art ~ Arte de las familias

Family Art ~ Arte de las familias

  Spring Family Literacy Parties ~ Las fiestas de la primavera para familias By Connie Goldin, LMFT   Thanks to the families who participate in our Family Literacy Parties. Our participants vary in age from babies to grandparents. We always bring three things to our Family Literacy Parties – books, an art project and a … Continue reading »

Easy Eggs ~ Huevos fáciles

Easy Eggs ~ Huevos fáciles

  Paper Easter Eggs ~ Huevos de la Pascua del papel By Connie Goldin, LMFT   These eggs couldn’t be easier. Buy a packet of egg templates and some 3M Decorative Masking Tape. Make stripes on the eggs with the tape, then cut off the excess. You can use children’s scissors to trim off the excess … Continue reading »

Amish-Style Painted Eggs

Amish-Style Painted Eggs

  Folk Art Easter Eggs By Connie Goldin, LMFT This adventure in egg dyeing corresponds to the Mom to Madre post, “Roosters, Eggs, and Art.” My first introduction to Pennsylvania Dutch Easter Egg Hunts comes from the charming book, The Egg Tree by Katherine Milhous, 1950. While researching Amish-style Easter Eggs I decided to try … Continue reading »

Roosters, Eggs, and Art

Roosters, Eggs, and Art

A Charming Book from 1950 and Folk Art By Connie Goldin, LMFT   What does a children’s book written long ago have to do with my friend Maureen’s rooster and chicken paintings? The answer is “folk art.” Both The Egg Tree and Maureen’s colorful paintings below feature roosters (and one hen named “Henrietta”) created in … Continue reading »

Plastic Eggs ~ Huevos de plástico

Plastic Eggs ~ Huevos de plástico

  Painting Eggs and More ~ Pintura de los huevos y más By Connie Goldin, LMFT Gather up your plastic eggs from years past. Separate the two parts of the egg. Use your fingers to give the eggs three coats of washable tempera paint. Wait for each coat to dry. Paint with egg halves (different … Continue reading »