Urban Green Kids

Holistic, nature & play based childcare. Full time, part time, drop in, preschool, school age care. Holistic, nature based childcare for free range families.

Organic menu, cloth diapers provided, vaccinations not required, non-toxic & eco-friendly environment, respectful care.

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What DO we do Instead of Punishment? | Racheous 08/15/2021

What DO we do Instead of Punishment? | Racheous

What DO we do Instead of Punishment? | Racheous   Probably the most frequently asked question I get asked by readers in comments of shares of my parenting posts is “what do you do then?” How do respectful parents parent without punishment and other forms of manipulation? When they hear that we don’t s***k, yell, force manners, use time out...

7 - Teach your Children - Crosby, Stills and Nash 1970 08/13/2021

7 - Teach your Children - Crosby, Stills and Nash 1970

Nash said in his 2013 autobiography, "The origin of the song came from my recent infatuation with art. I had begun collecting photographs around that time, powerful images that had an emotional effect on me. One, in particular, was a Diane Arbus image of a boy in Central Park. It spoke volumes to me. The kid was only about nine or ten years old, but his expression bristled with intense anger. He had a plastic gr***de clenched in a fist, but it seemed to me that if it were real the kid would have thrown it. The consequences it implied startled me. I thought, ‘If we don’t start teaching our kids a better way of dealing with each other, humanity will never succeed."

Special thanks to Robert Lindler for sharing this song with me!

7 - Teach your Children - Crosby, Stills and Nash 1970 Teach your Children ... wellEduquez vos enfants ... comme il faut

5 Ways to Play Without Buying Toys 08/12/2021

5 Ways to Play Without Buying Toys

5 Ways to Play Without Buying Toys Play is everywhere in our lives. Our children have a magical way of bringing it to everything that they do.

Timeline Photos 08/10/2021

Timeline Photos

Let the children play!

Timeline Photos 08/07/2021

Timeline Photos

"Readiness is when they do it."
Magda Ge**er

There is one sure way to tell if a baby or a child is ready to do something - they do it. They do it because they're developmentally ready to do it, they want to do it, they put in the work to unfold their ability to be able to do it; they do it without cajoling, without rewards, without force, and without punishment. Are we ready to let them?

#readinessiswhentheydoit #respectyourchildren #respectyourbaby #timingiseverything #childdevelopment #respectyourchild #nohurry #thereisnohurry #toomuchtoosoon

08/07/2021
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Experts: For Early Childhood, Play Is Best. 08/01/2021

Experts: For Early Childhood, Play Is Best.

Experts: For Early Childhood, Play Is Best. We have lost our minds in the United States when it comes to early childhood education.

The Only Way Anyone Has Ever Come Alive 07/31/2021

The Only Way Anyone Has Ever Come Alive

The Only Way Anyone Has Ever Come Alive The "safest" plan is to grow up to become something like a computer programmer or accountant, preferably with a degree from ...

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Timeline Photos 07/28/2021

Timeline Photos

It’s happened to me on more than one occasion: that awkward “I don’t know how to respond to that” pregnant pause.

I’ll be chatting with someone and they’ll casually ask me, “So, what does your husband do?” When I reply that he’s a garbage man, there’s a brief moment of panic in their eyes.
They stumble with a response… so I quickly fill in the gap, “We’ve got great insurance, it pays well, he’s home before 5, and my husband’s an introvert who loves working alone. It’s perfect for our family.” Generally, people then attempt to move on to another topic that’s more comfortable for them, as I smile.

See, the thing is… My husband is much more than “just a garbage man.”

This really hit me while we were grocery shopping this summer. We’d just checked out and were strolling out the door pushing a full shopping cart when he suddenly whirled around…

“Shoot,” he said.

“What’s the matter?”

“I forgot to get cash,” he replied.

“What do you need cash for?” I asked.

“Lemonade.”

See, the thing is, my husband doesn’t just pick up the trash while he works: He waves to the toddlers with their faces pressed against their living-room windows, gawking in jaw-dropping wonder as they hear his huge (and mysterious) garbage truck approaching their house. He smiles at the children playing in their yards who stop to watch him work. And he purchases lemonade at every kid-run sidewalk stand — all summer long.

My husband makes sure he has cash in his wallet so he can make a child’s day by leaving a big tip after buying a glass of their lemonade. I realized at that moment that my husband is a modern-day hero. Young children look up to him, and he takes that job very seriously.

Story via Let's Lasso The Moon
Photo courtesy of SnapHappyMom.com 💛

07/28/2021

“There has never been a generation when children have so desperately needed their parents’ time, thoughtful creativity, and friendship.” Susan Schaeffer Macaulay

Giving our kids time, space and freedom to play, grow, learn, and develop at their own pace is a beautiful balance of leaning in and leaving alone.

Leaning in to inspire. Leaving them alone to daydream. Leaning in to introduce them to new things. Leaving them alone to get lost in a good book. Leaning in to rich conversations. Leaving them alone to pursue a passion project.

Everything with intention. xo Ainsley

📷 light and love by dear mama @thecashells ✨ #wildandfreechildren

07/27/2021

How Comfortable are You with Conflict?
"If you've never seen two people navigate a conflict and build deeper intimacy, how would you know how to do it?"
Mark Groves
This goes for the children in your life. If they don't see see you coping with conflict with ability and skill, they can't learn how to do it for themselves. If you haven't watched Marshall Rosenberg offering some brilliant tips on 'how to do it' here is the link again:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-dpk5Z7GIFs
#harmonyinrelationships #ruptureandrepair #workingitouttogether #wegrowtogether #peopleliteracyfirst #solvingconflictpeacefully

Timeline Photos 07/26/2021

Timeline Photos

image credit: Raising Wildflower Kids

Young Children Are People Who Still Know The Value Of Things 07/25/2021

Young Children Are People Who Still Know The Value Of Things

Young Children Are People Who Still Know The Value Of Things I must have been five or six when I decided I wanted a wristwatch. I was fascinated by my father's watch with its beautiful ...

07/22/2021

Couldn't agree more. Great information from Eileen Henry, founder of Compassionate Sleep Solutions. I love her encouragement to trust our children to listen to their bodies:

"There is a trend in child sleep called 'capping the nap.' The practice suggests waking babies from naps that go long (over 2 hours.) This can work in the short term and for older toddlers who started their one nap on the late side. However, in the long run, it doesn’t allow children to learn an important life skill - listening to their bodies. When we interrupt sleep too often and for too long the child does not learn to listen to their own rhythms and their own sleep drives. Mega-long naps happen on occasion. It is your child’s body needing more sleep for reasons we can’t always know. Perhaps they are fighting off a cold, perhaps they were up practicing a new skill for an hour in the middle of the night, perhaps their brain just needs more sleep today because rapid growth is exhausting for them. Ultimately, to children who value sleep as an act of self-care and self-love, we want them to follow their own biorhythms. Sleep development is not linear. Schedules must remain fluid and flexible during this dynamic time of change and growth. If the routine of the day remains consistent a schedule will emerge that meets the individual needs of your child at every stage of development."

Biological Foundations for Self-Directed Education 07/22/2021

Biological Foundations for Self-Directed Education

Biological Foundations for Self-Directed Education Here are four powerful, innate drives that lead children to educate themselves.

They'll Grow Into It - Trusting Children to Develop Manners, Toilet Skills, Emotional Regulation and More - Janet Lansbury 07/21/2021

They'll Grow Into It - Trusting Children to Develop Manners, Toilet Skills, Emotional Regulation and More - Janet Lansbury

They'll Grow Into It - Trusting Children to Develop Manners, Toilet Skills, Emotional Regulation and More - Janet Lansbury Most of the advice I share is focused on infants, toddlers and preschoolers, but since my own children are now well past those years (my oldest just turned 21!), it occurred to me that I should be sharing more often from my “long view” perspective. Like most parents, I’ve had my worries. For i...

Playtime for school pupils is a fundamental human right, children's author says 07/20/2021

Playtime for school pupils is a fundamental human right, children's author says

"How Play Changed The World", By Michael Rosen.

Playtime for school pupils is a fundamental human right, children's author says ‘Play isn’t an extra, it isn’t an add on,’ says former Children’s Laureate

07/18/2021

“At the age of 10-12 months when a child begins to walk, the bones of the foot are only partially ossified, are in reality but an orderly arrangement of cartilaginous masses.” - Functional Disorders of the Foot by Frank D. Dickinson, MD 🦶🏽

The implications of this are that little feet are extremely malleable, and will adapt to whatever environment they are put in. We want our children to grow up with natural shaped feet, not shoe-shaped feet. Keep those little paws out of shoes as long as possible. 🐾

📸 @Kai.plasencia 🌀

07/16/2021

Love this so much from @raising_yourself 💕
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I know people who ask a 6-year-old what they want to be when they grown up are well meaning. I don't think there's any malice there. (despite that, this question always made me extremely uncomfortable as a kid because I never had an answer and as an adult, I still don't like the question) But honestly, we just need to disrupt this entire narrative.

The problem with primarily focusing on what a child is going to "do" when they grow up is that is dismisses the importance of who they are in that present moment...it prioritizes future "doing" over present "being." And, I'm not saying a child's actions don't matter - of course, they do. But their actions are an external product of how they see themselves internally, and as parents and teachers and coaches...that's where our primary focus should be.

If a kid is excited about being a firefighter or veterinarian when they grow up, obviously, I'm not saying to discourage that.

What I am saying is that from a wildly early age, kids are taught that a job title is who they are. That they should be focused on a limiting label that doesn't capture the multi-dimensional, layered essence of who they are.

Not to mention...there are going to be a ton of jobs that don't exist to today that will exist when our children are adults, so trying to figure a job title decades before it may exist is kind of pointless for practical reasons.

Let's give kids a chance to just know themselves deeply and well. Honestly, that is the foundation they need to find passions they love.

I'm still dismantling this narrative for myself because I used to believe a label and/or job title defined who I was and now I know that I'm so much deeper and complex than that. We need to stop putting our kids in boxes that they don't fit in.

Why Kids Don't Need to 'Be Careful' 07/15/2021

Why Kids Don't Need to 'Be Careful'

Why Kids Don't Need to 'Be Careful' You want your children to be safe, but you may be doing more harm than good when you tell them to 'be careful'?

It's About to Get Uncomfortable: Education in America | Matt Beaudreau | TEDxSantaCruz 07/13/2021

It's About to Get Uncomfortable: Education in America | Matt Beaudreau | TEDxSantaCruz

Consider something different....be willing to get uncomfortable...be a part of the education revolution!!

#mattbeaudreau #TEDtalks #ugksudbury #selfdirectedlearning #sudbury #urbangreenkids

It's About to Get Uncomfortable: Education in America | Matt Beaudreau | TEDxSantaCruz What would it look like to truly collaborate on the future of our schools with all stakeholders, from kindergartners to administrators? Educator Matt Beaudre...

07/12/2021
07/10/2021

Introducing....UGK Sudbury School, a self-directed democratic school for grades Pre-K thru 12th grade, founded upon the principle that learning is best fostered through self-motivation, self-regulation, and self-criticism, in a social environment that functions as a democratic micro-society. The first Sudbury school was founded more than 50 years ago and has proven to be a highly effective model in preparing young people for responsible adulthood, citizenship and relationships, entrepreneurial endeavors, and further education in college and graduate school as they choose. There are many Sudbury model schools across America and all over the world. The visionary founders of Sudbury, with their foresight, determination, and perseverance, have well-proven a model that is centered in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution as preparation for our American way of life.
2021-2022 school year starts September 8th, 2021.
For more information about the Sudbury method of education please check out, "The Sudbury Model of Education", by Hudson Valley Sudbury School. https://hvsudburyschool.com/the-sudbury-model-of-education/
Informational meeting Saturday, July 17th, 3pm, at our Farm School location.

Introducing....UGK Sudbury School, a self-directed democratic school for grades Pre-K thru 12th grade, founded upon the principle that learning is best fostered through self-motivation, self-regulation, and self-criticism, in a social environment that functions as a democratic micro-society. The first Sudbury school was founded more than 50 years ago and has proven to be a highly effective model in preparing young people for responsible adulthood, citizenship and relationships, entrepreneurial endeavors, and further education in college and graduate school as they choose. There are many Sudbury model schools across America and all over the world. The visionary founders of Sudbury, with their foresight, determination, and perseverance, have well-proven a model that is centered in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution as preparation for our American way of life.
2021-2022 school year starts September 8th, 2021.
For more information about the Sudbury method of education please check out, "The Sudbury Model of Education", by Hudson Valley Sudbury School. https://hvsudburyschool.com/the-sudbury-model-of-education/
Informational meeting Saturday, July 17th, 3pm, at our Farm School location.

Twenty-six studies point to more play-based learning for young children 07/09/2021

Twenty-six studies point to more play-based learning for young children

We’re going to say this over and over and over until everyone in our community has heard, Play IS learning! We see it in action every day. It’s amazing, it’s real, it’s beautiful, it’s natural, it’s life changing. #letthemplay #urbangreenkids #playislearning #playistheworkofchildhood

Twenty-six studies point to more play-based learning for young children Play-based learning has the potential to reduce inequality, report finds

07/08/2021

How does this statement feel for you?

In my Natural Learning Intensives, we are working on breaking through old beliefs from our own learning experiences.

A big belief that many adults have to break is that just because they got good grades or did well on tests doesn’t mean they walked away with meaningful (or any) knowledge or skills.

Reflect on this for yourself - was there crossover in what you tested well on and what you learned as a child (or vice versa)?

07/07/2021
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07/06/2021

Measuring up
Magda Ge**er once asked us to consider how it must affect children when what they cannot do is expected, and what they can do is not appreciated. I wonder if this helps seed the self talk "I don't measure up".

While Nathan's message in the post probably won't surprise anyone reading this page, it is worth repeating it, over and over and over again. If repetition works for advertisers getting their message across, let's say it over and over and get the message out there more widely for the sake of our kids.

#earlychildhoodisnotschool #attheirownpace #whentheyareready #whentheyarereadytheywilllearn

They'll Grow Into It - Trusting Children to Develop Manners, Toilet Skills, Emotional Regulation and More - Janet Lansbury 07/03/2021

They'll Grow Into It - Trusting Children to Develop Manners, Toilet Skills, Emotional Regulation and More - Janet Lansbury

They'll Grow Into It - Trusting Children to Develop Manners, Toilet Skills, Emotional Regulation and More - Janet Lansbury Most of the advice I share is focused on infants, toddlers and preschoolers, but since my own children are now well past those years (my oldest just turned 21!), it occurred to me that I should be sharing more often from my “long view” perspective. Like most parents, I’ve had my worries. For i...

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