Brain benefits of a baby carrier (vs. a stroller)

A photographer mounted a GoPro camera in the stroller behind his son’s head so he could capture “A toddler’s view of New York City.” Cool idea! But the poor kid is often looking through the plastic cover of the stroller. He gets this blurry, diffuse view of the world. The photographs got me thinking about a child’s experience from a […]

Are you giving sleep a bad name?

“NAP STRUGGLE.” This is the title I’ve scribbled on a sheet of paper, unceremoniously ripped from a spiral notebook, and tacked to my fridge. It’s my latest plan to eliminate the repeated obstacles we have to napping. And to stop spending all dang day on trying to get a nap. The paper says: G says she’s hungry soon after breakfast. Add fat and protein. [If she snacks through […]

How much exercise do we need? Just a bite

Have you ever watched your kid gallop down the street, bop to music, wave both arms wildly, or randomly run around in circles … and wondered if that’s the amount of movement you’re supposed to be getting in a day? Nah–there’s no way you can keep up with that craziness. But sitting for large swaths of the day, like many of […]

How to trick yourself into exercising

Raise your hands: Who listed “exercise” as a resolution this year? And who listed “exercise” as a resolution last year? And the year before that? My hand is up, too. But last year was unusual for me: I actually kept the resolution … all year long. Here’s how. I was talking with a friend — […]

The darndest things your kids said in 2014

I thought it’d be fun to start a year-end tradition of sharing the funny things our kids say. Just in case you need a laugh after the holidays. (If you need more than a laugh, like a bit of a reset, try this simple happiness trick.) The unsigned quotes below are mine. (For a while, I was good […]

What’s the darndest thing your kids said this year?

A friend of mine sends the best Christmas card. There’s the requisite family photo and the holiday wish. But there’s also a sheet of printer paper, folded in sixths. It’s a list of the memorable conversations they had with their kids that year. I always open it with anticipation, and we always laugh out loud. A couple for you: […]

Pregnant? Here’s a crazy idea

There’s a joke floating around online about how to prepare if you’re expecting a baby: Walk around the living room from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. carrying a wet bag weighing 8-12 lbs. At 10 p.m., put the bag down, set the alarm for midnight, and go to bed. Get up at 12 a.m. and walk […]

Beyond ‘You worked so hard’: Talking with your child about school

Growth mindsets are on my mind. I’m just back from giving a speech to 120 K-8 teachers on growth mindset vs. fixed mindset. A school my daughter attends just sent around an infographic connecting mindset to resiliency. Someone on a parenting-educators forum just posed a question about mindsets and praise. No idea what I’m talking […]

Give the gift of Zero to Five (and get a gift!)

It’s that time of year! Usually I’m not organized enough to do my holiday shopping this early. But this year, I already have a gift for you. I want to thank you for being a part of the growing Zero to Five community: reading my newsletters, sharing my Huffington Post articles, giving Zero to Five such great reviews on Amazon and Goodreads, and […]

Where to find happiness

Try this: Set a timer for 10 minutes and go for a very slow walk. Letting your gaze wander, look for things you like in the environment. When you find something you like, pause and appreciate it for longer than you otherwise would. Continue on, looking for the positive. What do you notice? This is […]


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