Tag: identity development

Children’s Books as Mirrors and Windows

We all know the benefit of reading to our children from the earliest ages—reading helps babies develop language, hearing words helps brain development by building a rich network of synapses, and reading creates a caring bond between the child and reader. But did you know another important reason to read to children is that books provide mirrors and windows to the world!

Counting on Community

The phrase “Counting on Community,” conjures up for me countless stories I’ve heard from PEPS parents. One story that stays with me is about a mom who was struggling with intense sleep deprivation. Like, not your average new baby sleep problems, but a chronic health condition that led to months of sleepless nights. She was exhausted. Midway through her PEPS experience, she walked into that week’s PEPS meeting with tears…

What is Identity Development?

by Debbie LeeKeenan In the early years, from just a few months after birth and during the first year, infants are gradually becoming aware of self as a separate being. They are sorting out “what is me” and “what is not me.” This development of self occurs, when babies progress from noticing human faces to distinguishing both familiar and unfamiliar…