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When Your Baby Cries

Your baby is born with the ability to cry, overtime they will learn to self-regulate their emotions but until then this is the way they communicate. You will soon learn the difference between cries as being hunger, fatigue or discomfort. Crying can be considered one of the most important emotions an infant has.

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No! No! No!

If you are a parent or caregiver of a toddler, you are sure to hear this word many times. “No,” is a very powerful word for a toddler. For many children, the word “No” is an early expression of their growing sense of autonomy. Developing a sense of autonomy is an important developmental milestone that toddlers reach. A toddler becomes aware that she is a separate person from her caregivers and peers. As a separate individual, she realizes she can make choices and decide what she wants to do. “Wow! I am me and look at all the things I can do! No! Don’t want to stay in bed! No! Don’t want to take a bath!” thinks the toddler.

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Sharing with Others

Have you heard your toddler say, "That's Mine!"? Followed by screams... You are not alone. Children have difficultly sharing, especially young children. The number one thing you need to know as a parent is, this is NORMAL! This is a normal part of the development of toddlers.

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Dealing with Tantrums and Terrible 2's

Tantrums are common in toddlers. Try these parent-behaviors to lessen the toddler frustration.

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Finally, a game!

Mollie Protzman interviewed me for her blog post Energizing Kids with Exercise Games that focused on different games to get kids active. Here is another idea when being outside isn't accessible, or even if you're just sitting in the living room for an evening.

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Categories: development, health-notes,


Activities and Games to Increase Balance for Toddlers

Does it seem like your toddler spends more time falling on the ground rather than walking? Kids can be experts at falling down. It doesn't matter if they are playing their favorite sport or just walking across the room, your kids learn about the wonders of gravity. Movement is a way children interact with their environment to discover and learn from it. Regardless of cultural or ability level, movement is essential for all children to engage in active play.

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Categories: development, health-notes,


Get Active with Andrew: The Happy Dance

In this blog we will be talking about how you can integrate music into movement. If there is one thing I have noticed either as a little boy myself or when I teach, it is that students/kids move BETTER with music. Kids naturally will follow a beat and move along with it. Really, all you have to do is move with them, and they like it even more!

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Categories: development, health-notes,


Get Active with Andrew: Flexibility

With all exercise and activity, taking the necessary precautions before starting is always a good idea. Learning how to stretch properly will help improve movement and avoid injury! It's also a fun way to get kids active.

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Get Active with Andrew: Locomotor Fun

Now, when I say locomotor, this isn't about a train. Rather it's about the locomotion of kids, and how they should know how to move by the time they reach 3rd grade. Can you even imagine how difficult it would be for you to be active as adults if you didn't learn these basic skills! Don't take them for granted!

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Get Active with Andrew: The Big Three

This blog covers the 3 main muscle groups: Core, Legs and Arms. These are muscle groups you should have your kids focus on when doing exercises. With exercise and being active, it's all about balance with being healthy!

In Physical Education, we are looking for a few things:

  • Good cardiorespiratory endurance
  • Building on upper body, core muscular strength/endurance
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Categories: development, health-notes,


Get Active with Andrew: Body Part Identification

Salutations!

My name is Andrew Mantzaris. I am a local Physical Educator for elementary students, sports coach, and life-time mover. My job entails getting children and young adults moving. I don't just want kids to get involved in sports or going outside, but to really enjoy and be passionate about being active as they grow up. Whether it's with friends, family or classmates, the limits of having fun while being active are endless.

These blogs are a resource for you as the adult to work with the kiddos when they don't have the opportunity to go to P.E. at school or if you have some extra time at home.

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Categories: development, health-notes,


Baby Swim Lessons

This spring I enrolled Bastian in infant swimming lessons. I was so anxious to put him in his little swim trunks and play around with him in the water. But a part of me was nervous he wouldn't like the water, or at least wouldn't like a lesson. But I knew for his safety and my piece-of-mind, he would need to learn how to swim. 

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Categories: development, parent-stories,


The Adventures of Potty Training

For many families, potty training can be a whirlwind adventure filled with messy spills, tears and even fears-for both the child and parent. When beginning this process parents must ask themselves two important questions: Is my child ready and am I ready?

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Feeding Babies and Toddlers

It is so important to also let your child explore new foods. To help you understand why this is important consider this scenario. Imagine you are blindfolded and told that you are going to be fed some food. No one tells you what it is. "You will like it. It is yummy," they tell you. What would you want to do before eating the food? Probably smell it. Maybe even touch it to see if you can learn any more about it. The same is true for your baby. Eating new foods is a whole experience for a baby just like it can be for us as adults.

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Introducing Solid Foods

I remember the day we first gave Bastian solid food. My husband and I were so excited! We had been putting Bastian in his highchair for a little over a month during meal-time to get him interested in what goes on at the table. We waited to try solids with Bastian until he was 6 months old. I decided that introducing vegetables first would be the best option for us. I made my own sweet potato puree and was sure he would just love it. We were so excited to see him gobble down his first bites of real human food…but after one bite he was done. We were so sad! I thought to myself, 'he will never eat!' 'I have a picky eater!'

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