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Ask the Patch Pro: Early Childhood Development Expert to Answer Questions

Patch is teaming up with Dr. Deb Moberly, early childhood development expert and founder of U-City based Children 1st, this week to get all of your questions answered.

It's time for another edition of Ask the Patch Pro, where each week readers get to interact with professionals by asking questions on a wide variety of topics. Our team of experts stop in to help you out and answer your questions.

This week, Patch teamed up with Dr. Deb Moberly, an early childhood development expert, to get all of your questions answered.

Have a question? Ask below in the comments section! 

More about Dr. Deb Moberly:

Deb Moberly, Ph. D., a former Associate Professor and Early Childhood Coordinator in the Division of Teaching and Learning at the University of Missouri-St. Louis (UMSL), founded St. Louis-based Children 1st early childhood development consultants in 2012.

She has served more than 40 years in a range of roles in the early childhood arena—as a public school kindergarten teacher in Indianapolis, teacher/administrator of a nursery school coop, director of a private childcare center, director of the Child Development Laboratories at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, and supervisor of pre-kindergarten teachers.

She has also coordinated research projects and professional development centers at SIUC and the University of Memphis.

Additionally, Dr. Moberly has worked with preschool directors in Shanghai and Germany and made more than 200 presentations on early childhood topics regionally, nationally and internationally during her career.

At the University of Memphis, Moberly directed early childhood center management-related grants totaling $5 million, which included “Ready, Set, Grow!”—a national accreditation facilitation grant, and was responsible for the professional development of 285 Head Start teachers in Shelby County, TN. She also worked with Memphis City Schools in facilitating national board teacher certification.

Moberly taught university classes for nearly 40 years at SIUC, Southeast Missouri State University, University of Memphis and UMSL. Joining the faculty at UMSL in 2009, Moberly taught undergraduate and graduate courses.
 

She lives with her husband in University City and delights in her role as “Nana” to her granddaughter.

Deb Moberly April 26, 2013 at 03:58 PM
Learning the alphabet is usually done through the old, famous "Alphabet Song". Usually the most important letters to a young child are those in her name. I would start writing her name on all art (or scribbling) papers, demonstrating the writing and saying each word (standing next to the child). Alphabet books are in abundance with delightful themes and illustrations.
Jordan Lanham April 26, 2013 at 05:36 PM
Thank you so much for helping us out and answering all of our reader questions this week Dr. Moberly!
Jen Wright May 02, 2013 at 04:06 PM
Hello Dr. Moberly, My husband and I are struggling with our willful 4-year old. Most recently, she is going through a "dress only" stage. My husband fights her tooth and nail (saying that we're the parents and she needs to listen to us. Once they fight,, however, the whole house is miserable for a while afterwards) while I tend to let it go unless there's a safety issue. I see me being too lenient and him being too strict. How can we come up with a happy medium we can all live with? What's worth the four-year old fight to establish our "parenting authority" versus what's worth just letting go to keep the peace?
Deb Moberly May 02, 2013 at 08:52 PM
Hi Jen 'Powerful and willful' truly describe a four year old. There is a stage of negotiation with a four year old. You might find it helpful to discuss the dress situation after an enjoyable activity. Ask her to help you solve this problem, that sometimes she can decide what to wear and sometimes you will decide. Go through some of the situations--even make it a chart. Let her provide a lot of the 'times'. Then prior to dressing for the day, remind her of the discussion and agreement, also what situation it is --for either her or you to decide. Then, if there is a fuss, say, "you can decide between this or this" and let her know she has some choice (only you have given the two choices). Let me know how it goes. It is really difficult to be in the emotional situation of a power struggle and 4year olds seem to be pros in them. You will want her to be a 'powerful female adult', if that helps. Deb
Ashley May 09, 2013 at 01:18 AM
I am currently going through mediation for visitation rights for the father of my daughter. He currently lives across country and would like to keep her for a whole month. I do not feel comfortable with this since she is only 3 years old and feel that it may not be good for her mentally. What do you think about this situation?

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