Time for a Change

Time for a Change

Jul 22

I realize that my last post began in much the same way but, yes, it’s been a long while since I last wrote anything for YikeDat.  It’s been a busy time, and let me tell you a little bit about it: About a year ago I moved from Los Angeles back up to San Francisco, where I returned to teach at a school I had taught at for several years prior to moving to LA.  I spent a year back at...

Separation Part 2

Separation Part 2

Nov 21

This is the second installment of my series of posts on separation. The first post can be found here: www.yikedat.com/parenting/separation/. While the first post talked about the “Why” of separation, this post will discuss the “How”. How to prepare yourself and your child for separation, and how to handle separation anxiety when it comes up. I know, I know, it’s...

Kindergarten or Juilliard? Hard to Tell The Difference

Kindergarten or Juilliard? Hard to Tell The Difference

Nov 20

As you probably know, I live and work in San Francisco. This year, I’m teaching in the pre-k class the preschool where I work, and lately, I’ve been spending a lot of time working on massive piles of paperwork to recommend my children to kindergartens throughout the city. The process of applying to kindergarten in San Francisco is a little ridiculous – okay, it’s a lot...

Brownie Time

Brownie Time

Nov 16

I hate to cook. I order in and eat out way too often for my wallet’s liking, but it’s just so much easier and more satisfying than spending my time cooking a meal that takes a quarter the time to eat as it did to make! I should clarify, I hate to cook, unless I’m working with children… I have absolutely no explanation for this, but for some reason I’ve always found...

Princesses are Actresses; Talking Cars are Real…

Princesses are Actresses; Talking Cars are Real…

Nov 13

Have you ever asked a child under the age of say, six, if something is real or pretend, and then listened to their answers; have you ever asked them, “Why?” or “How do you know?”  You’ll get some really interesting answers.  I once had a conversation about reality with a group of five year olds regarding princesses.  We were discussing weather princesses were...

It’s been a while…

It’s been a while…

Nov 12

Yes, I know, I haven’t posted anything in months.  It’s been busy.  I moved from Los Angeles back to San Francisco, and returned to work for the school that I taught at when I lived here before.  I have to admit that part of the reason I haven’t written anything in so long is that I got a little bored, so I’ve decided that I’m going to change the topics and style...

Separation

Separation

Apr 02

This will be the first of a new series on Separation.  It is a topic that, in my opinion, is to broad and to important to delve into in just one post.  This first in YikeDat’s new series will focus on the “Why” of separation.  Why does separation happen?  Why is it important?  Why is it so easy for some children, and so difficult for others. As a preschool teacher, I’ve witnessed...

Toys, Toys, Toys

Toys, Toys, Toys

Mar 29

In today’s western society, we fill our lives with stuff.  We have our electronics that keep us “connected” to the world around us, we have our furniture, our homes, our cars, our TVs and computers, gadgets and gizmos, food, credit cards, cash, bank accounts, various nic-nacs and decorations and much, much more.  Children, also have huge collections of stuff for themselves; stuff that we...