I had a fantastic childhood growing up at the base of the foothills with the sun and outdoors playing a key role in our lives. My mother tempered our household with an elegant harmony of order and chaos. There was an underlying schedule and sense of order, but we freely messed. My brother and I put on shows, experimented with art supplies and constructed Legos. … [Read more...] about Letters from Miss Jill: Leave the Dishes, and Other Tips for Spending More Time Together
I will never forget the day my little boy asked me to let him stay home alone. He was barely 5 years old, emboldened by his “secret” Spider Man outfit that he wore under his regular clothes and the fact that Gramma might’ve shown him the movie “Home Alone” without my authorization. Jill Carstens Cultivating the ability for children to be home alone begins in … [Read more...] about Letters from Miss Jill: How Old is Old Enough for Home Alone?
Choices. It’s the American Way, isn’t it? Having an abundance of choices is considered a metaphor for the free world, of progress, innovation and often, status. Having just survived the holidays, we all know it can be dizzying taking in the amount of choices we have as consumers. When it comes to offering choices to our children, there are some things to consider. I am … [Read more...] about Letters from Miss Jill: How to Help Your Child to Make Good Decisions