Their Right to Play

Their Right to Play

I have always felt the need to fiercely protect childhood and play. Why? Kids at play epitomize exactly what we as adults all strive ... read more

Lessons from Seedlings

Lessons from Seedlings

My daughters’ time at Seedlings shaped the big kids they’ve become today. And, while they were learning to experiment and explore and ... read more

What’s your passion?

What’s your passion?

At the Seedlings Family Kick Off that Jonathan posted about last week, one of the questions we parents were asked was, ... read more

How to make an invention

How to make an invention

by Jennifer Sneeden Making an invention is very difficult… The first problem is that you might not know right away what you’re trying ... read more

No place we’d rather be

No place we’d rather be

by Jennifer Sneeden It begins in the cozy corner. Twenty-five little bodies, squeezing into the small space that has served so many ... read more

Letting go

Letting go

I’m a control freak. If you’ve met me, there’s no point in my denying it. So for me, setting my children loose at ... read more

Questions from the backseat

Questions from the backseat

"Mommy, when will I born a baby?" This is what my four-year-old son asked me from the backseat of the car yesterday. read more

“Uninvited Guests” Show Up at Sunflower Theatre Camp

“Uninvited Guests” Show Up at Sunflower Theatre Camp

Sunflower’s approach to theatre is a lot like our approach to everything else: it’s all about play, process and fun. Parents got ... read more

Toys, dirt and water

Toys, dirt and water

Tools for the important work of play My son Dante was a Seedling for two years, when he was three and four. The first year, he spent ... read more

Weaned on play

Weaned on play

by Wynna Dunmyer, Sunflower mom My baby weaned, again. At Bridging Day last week, Griffin my 5 year old last baby, weaned. This time it read more

One Day at Sunflower: Through the eyes of Mihai

One Day at Sunflower: Through the eyes of Mihai

Some days are more challenging than others, even when you’re three years old. Maybe especially when you’re three years old. read more

Recipe for Peace

Recipe for Peace

I know peace. I see, hear, and feel it whenever I’m around young children. [slideshow] I am constantly trying to find a personal ... read more

A Place in Nature, Just for Me

A Place in Nature, Just for Me

One of the best things about shifting my life to Evanston, Ilinois, each spring is the fragrance of lilacs that permeates the air. When read more

All Alone!

All Alone!

“All alone! Whether you like it or not, alone is something you’ll be quite a lot.” – Dr. Seuss. We marvel at young children’s ... read more

Sunflower and Neapolitan Ice Cream: Trinities of Bliss

Sunflower and Neapolitan Ice Cream: Trinities of Bliss

What do Neapolitan ice cream and Sunflower Creative Arts have in common? They both offer a trinity of bliss for parents. Sunflower mom ... read more

Patience is a virtue… understanding is a challenge

Patience is a virtue… understanding is a challenge

How does frozen yogurt, a present from a friend and something sticky add up to better understanding? Let’s talk! In our last blog post, read more

An Owl Walk

An Owl Walk

 Mom Ami Polonsky shares a story about Susan’s grandkids, who live in a suburb of Chicago. One late afternoon over winter break, ... read more

Brothers and sisters

Brothers and sisters

I’m sitting down to write about siblings, and all sorts of thoughts are swirling through my mind. Running down to our basement ... read more

Adjusting expectations

Adjusting expectations

One of my challenges as a parent (and a person who resists change) is to recognize and adjust to constantly changing situations. The ... read more

What they deserve…

What they deserve…

From late June to late August I work at a camp in Massachusetts for children who’ve had open heart surgery. For three summers I’ve ... read more

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