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...

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...

A Surprising Question…”Big Kid Beds”

A Surprising Question…”Big Kid Beds”

Feb 21

For those of you who haven’t read the “about me” section, I’ve been working with children for about a decade, which clearly means that I’ve been working with parents for about a decade as well.  I get questions every day about anything and everything you can imagine regarding parenting, child rearing, child development, and more.  At this point, I’d like to...