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Helping your child transition to preschool succesfully

In the life of every parent there comes a point when they must transition their child from home to school environment. For some parents it may be when the child is only a few months old, for those who chose to homeschool it may be when their child attends high school or college.  No matter […]

Read More » | February 5, 2015 | Category: Education | Comments: none


The benefit of laziness

Although few people who don’t know me well would believe it, truth is I am an incredibly lazy person. I am constantly astounded by the amount of effort most people around me put into everything they do.   Perfection seems to drive women around me.  Perfection at home, with children and at work.  When something is […]

Read More » | September 29, 2014 | Category: Uncategorized | Comments: none

Sunflower activity in our Brainy Montessori Class

Sunflowers in Brainy Montessori

I don’t think that there’s anything on that planet that more trumpets life than the sunflower. For me, that’s because of the reason behind its name. Not because it looks like the sun, but because it follows the sun. During the course of the day, the head tracks the journey of the sun across the […]

Read More » | June 19, 2014 | Category: Uncategorized | Comments: 1


Happy Father’s Day from Brainy Academy

“Nothing can make one so happily exhilarated or so frightened as being the caregiver of a growing child. It’s a solid lesson in the limitations of self to realize that your heart is running around inside someone else’s body”        — Christopher Hitchens Today we would like to wish happy Father’s Day not […]

Read More » | June 15, 2014 | Category: Uncategorized | Comments: none


Brainy Academy – Your First Step to Preschool

What is the Brainy Steps Program? Brainy Steps is a unique program designed to help prepare your child for pre-school.  We help your child become comfortable in a group environment, increase their attention span, learn self-control and learn to interact with other children in a positive manner. After the student is comfortable separating from their parent they […]

Read More » | June 6, 2014 | Category: Uncategorized | Comments: none


How to help your child overcome shyness (part 2 of 2)

How to help your child overcome shyness (part 2 of 2) This is part 2 of the post, to read part 1 first please click here. Tip 4:  Don’t speak for your child This is a hard one for me.  Some days my personality borders on that of a cheerful pit bull which means staying […]

Read More » | June 1, 2014 | Category: Uncategorized | Comments: none | Tags: , , ,

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How to Help Your Child Overcome Shyness (part 1 or 2)

Like many parents I wonder at the wealth of differences between my two children.  Same genes, same lifestyle and upbringing, yet the way the two look at the world is almost entirely different.  My older is a complete and total extrovert, makes friends instantly and can downright annoy strangers with his chattiness.  My younger is […]

Read More » | May 29, 2014 | Category: Uncategorized | Comments: none | Tags: , , , ,


On how my son lost a soccer ball

Both my boys love soccer.  My almost 8 year old has been playing since weeks before turning 4, hardly ever missing a game or practice.  Given the choice to do anything in the world there is no question what he would pick – soccer with his teammates.  When hiring a babysitter I always have an […]

Read More » | February 11, 2014 | Category: Uncategorized | Comments: none | Tags: , ,


How do we instill a sense of gratitude in our children?

As a little girl I spend a lot of time waiting for trams. Some of my earliest memories are waiting in the dark, freezing Saint Petersburg mornings with my mommy for the tram to arrive. I remember that the best way to keep warm is to jump from foot to foot and to hit your […]

Read More » | November 11, 2013 | Category: Uncategorized | Comments: none


On the connection between self esteem and a loop bracelet.

At a recent NYC gifted and talented symposium I had the pleasure of listening to Carol Dweck, a psychology professor who studies success. A short, energetic woman in her 50’s, the kind of professor that radiates that rare combination of both brilliance and great speaking skills Professor Dweck had an auditorium full of parents, educators […]

Read More » | November 2, 2013 | Category: Uncategorized | Comments: none | Tags: , , ,