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

Familiar Sounds

Familiar Sounds

Overheard at Sunflower’s Seedling Family Kick-Off… I close my eyes and let the sound surround me. These familiar sounds ... read more

Recipe for Peace

Recipe for Peace

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

Wonder

Wonder

Curiosity is not enough for me. There are thousands and maybe millions of things to be curious about. What really gets me going is when read more

So hard to leave…

So hard to leave…

Everybody who’s ever taken a class at Sunflower and then stayed afterwards while their kids played on the playground has, at some point 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

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

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

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

A Day at Seedlings

A Day at Seedlings

9:30 am – Trikes race, swings fly, granite pestles grind and pound spices into dry oatmeal, castles are constructed, the ... 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

Mom, I’m BORED!

Mom, I’m BORED!

I was sitting outside my 4-year-old’s ballet class with my 7-year-old when she said it. I looked her in the eye. “You’re what?” I said. 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

Helper day

Helper day

Sometimes, when I’m a helper at Seedlings, I’ll see a stream of older folks walking by the playground. Our program shares ... 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

Give them time (a story of watercolors and preschooler theoretical physics)

Give them time (a story of watercolors and preschooler theoretical physics)

I was walking through the room headed off to do something important somewhere else, with no intention of stopping or even lingering to ... 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

In defense of a magical childhood

In defense of a magical childhood

In the harsh light of this fast-paced and highly-pressured world, my childhood memories of wonder and innocence are still part of who I read more

The Possibility of Something Really Important Happening

The Possibility of Something Really Important Happening

It’s always there– A tiny spark, and a space opens up. The idea bubbles, it gains momentum and cracks wide open. read more

Go With the Flow

Go With the Flow

“Being completely involved in an activity for its own sake. The ego falls away. Time flies. Every action, movement, and thought ... read more

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