Easiest gelato at home. Really!

I. Would. Not. Have. Believed. It. This recipe for homemade gelato without an ice cream maker is delicious! It is the latest in Christopher’s and my Quarantine Cooking Quest to make what we have, until now, only found to be really tasty in restaurants. Continue reading “Easiest gelato at home. Really!”

Lead young children gently into inclusivity

Tacit, consistent, calm daily inclusivity will teach children their worth ~ and others’

For young children,  images of angry protests in the news and polarized conversations in the car are confusing and disturbing. Make no mistake, these teachable moments about diversity will change the entire landscape of our country ~ one way or another. Calm, positive, simple conversations and an encouraging soundtrack can help children understand their worth and others’. Continue reading “Lead young children gently into inclusivity”

School ready

Back-To-School, School, Crayon

Parents can smooth the way back to school by helping students know what to expect in advance and being organized and orderly before school starts.

Going back to school creates a powerful mix of emotions. For ebullient extroverts and cautious introverts alike, from new students to those who did — and those who didn’t  — have a happy year last year, the youngest to the oldest, the bottom line is: will I know what to do to fit in and be successful? Ultimately, will I be safe? Continue reading “School ready”

Respect in the details, part 2 ~ Listening

Communication is key at all ages.


It occurs to me that the measure of authentic attention we pay to our young children when they try to tell us about their interests will be exactly how much they want to tell us when they become teenagers and young adults. That is, if we notice what they notice and actively listen to what they offer as children, they will keep offering their interests and stories as they grow, and will trust us enough to keep sharing later when we ask. Continue reading “Respect in the details, part 2 ~ Listening”

Web recommendations

August 4, 2018

Welcome to Seasons of Parenting’s new Web Recommendations feature. Today’s site offers a WEALTH of free motivational and educational resources for home, school and work. Here’s a sample for anyone helping reframe a problem.

feedback-vs-feedforward Continue reading “Web recommendations”

Think, Write, Read tutoring


Welcome to the tutoring project of Seasons of Parenting which grew out of three needs —

* additional help for students who are a little behind but nearly holding their own,

* extra help to fill in gaps for students who are much stronger in some areas than others,

* and for a brand new model of teaching for children and youth whose pace and ability to assimilate information don’t match well to public school settings.

Whether you have a preschool child who needs to take an additional year to be ready for kindergarten; an elementary, middle, or high school student who needs a skilled, patient partner to reach grade level expectations; or a student with physical, mental, or emotional challenges who needs a new way to think and learn, I would love to talk with you.

Welcome to Think, Write, Read!

DiAnne Crown

(217) 546-6806, info@seasonsofparenting.com


Show respect in the details, part 1

June 5, 2018

I love children’s curiosity! LOVE it! I’ve learned so many interesting things because I was mother to a curious child. Continue reading “Show respect in the details, part 1”

Term paper time – help for the anxious

Screen Shot 2018-02-13 at 2.31.45 PM I’m completely sympathetic to anxious students struggling to even start papers for grades, and I never call it laziness. It may be debilitating perfectionism. It may be lack of successful strategies. Or fatigue. Whatever the causes, procrastination then paralysis makes it impossible to move from clear thinking to complete sentences. Anybody love a student like this? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sd2Q6Fagemg. Here’s help. Continue reading “Term paper time – help for the anxious”

Temporal and eternal

Weather ~ a cold, clear, sunny winter afternoon

Wildlife out the window ~ Downy and hairy woodpeckers, doves, fox and gray squirrels, juncos, blue jays, cardinals, sparrows, and two wonderful, giant St. Bernards whose barking creates puffs of warm steam I can see through the fence posts next door

Mood ~ taking stock of endings and beginnings Continue reading “Temporal and eternal”