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.

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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”

“I’m a bad boy.”

I was incredulous this week and, in an instant, so terribly sad when I asked the students in my class to write three things about themselves they wish every teacher knew about them. One student who has struggled with every kind of esteem and behavior issue in the book wrote on his card: I’m a bad boy.

Continue reading ““I’m a bad boy.””

Low-stress solutions for young families, part 1

From Seasonsofparenting.com

It happens. —The late-night wet bed or stomach flu. — The backseat upset tummy. — Stuck in a long line, waiting room or laundromat, thirsty and anxious with nothing to do. It’s never convenient, but it can be much easier with very little preparation.

Continue reading “Low-stress solutions for young families, part 1”

Crying in the cart

woman picking out produce

Who hasn’t done it? – You’re tired, the kids are tired, but you need bread and bananas and wearily head to the store. The experience can either bring stress and sadness or build relationships. Here are tips for your trip, and a suggestion for the rest of us.

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Same seats ~ On settling in before stepping out

I began a short-term teaching assignment this week in five public school classes. I put the chairs in a circle and didn’t make seating charts so I could watch the students come in, choose their spots, make their alliances, and figure out the lay of the land in their own ways.

“Sit anywhere,” I said at the door on the first day. Continue reading “Same seats ~ On settling in before stepping out”