Category: Child development

Creative Thinking & Imagination for Child Development

by Cassie McKeown, Bright Horizons Early Education and Preschool Cleo, a 4-year-old preschooler, excitedly told her Mom, “…and then we drank purple milk that came from a purple cow.” Webster defines imagination as “the ability to form a picture in your mind of something that you have not seen or experienced; the ability to think of new things.” Every child is…

Grandparents in action: Getting kids excited about the outdoors

On a bright and sunny morning in July, PEPS gathered a group of grandparents together at the Environmental Science Center in Burien. We decided to drop in on the Center’s Tidepools for Tots program to learn more about how grandparents can engage their grandchildren in nature. We learned more about the unique ecosystem of the tidepools and gathered a few…

Brainy Background and Research on Social Bias, an Interview with Andrew N. Meltzoff and Vroom

Republished with permission from Vroom Hardly a day goes by without stories about racism, sexism, bias, prejudice and stereotyping in the news. How do children learn these attitudes? Can children catch social bias simply by watching adults? A new study by Andrew N. Meltzoff and colleagues from the University of Washington’s Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences, offers evidence that…

The power of connection

Here’s the deal: We need each other. Yes, we human beings need one another to be healthy and to thrive. Brené Brown defines connection this way: “connection is the energy that exists between people when they feel seen, heard, and valued; when they can give and receive without judgment; and when they derive sustenance and strength from the relationship.” Thanks to…

Comparing Our Babies

You can say that in any groups of parents that you are comparing your kids to one another. That kind of has a negative feeling, right? Well sure, it could have that feeling, but it doesn’t have to. I read a lot of the feedback from parents in PEPS Groups and I’ve led a few of my own and participated…