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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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Cook with Your Kids

It's worth the mess. It's worth the extra patience that it can take to wait for your young child to scoop or stir at their own pace. It's worth it to cook with your kids. I just adore those moments when I step back and watch my kids stare into the oven door watching their pizza bake. I can just hear my daughter saying, "The crust is getting bigger, Mommy." She sees the science. She knows yeast makes gas bubbles that help the crust get bigger. She’s 3. No, everything doesn't have to be homemade, and I understand that sometimes it just isn't practical to involve the kids in every meal, but they can still contribute and take some responsibility.

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Categories: nutrition, parenting,


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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Categories: parenting, development,


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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Categories: parenting, development,


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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7 Tips for an Amazing School Year

As I started to write this article, the following ideas of how I want and hope to have a successful school year came to mind – organizing schedules, establishing a routine, and how to pack amazing lunches for my kids (love all the ideas on Pinterest!). Then as I was sitting in the parking lot waiting to pick up my son, I had time to really think about these special times and what this school year will bring. What do I want to focus on to make this an amazing school year?

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Categories: parenting, lifestyle,


Parenting Thoughts on Anger: Control It or It Will Control You!

Anger is a normal, human emotion that can be intense especially between divorced parents. The trick is to manage anger in such a way that is positive, not negative, for both yourself, the other parent and your children. Typically, anger is a response to one of many specific things. However, most responses to anger can be placed in two basic categories:

  • Not getting what we want or need.
  • Feeling that others do not respect them or care how they feel.

What makes you feel angry: Busy schedules? Financial worries? Work? Unruly children? Difficult relationships with your former spouse? It is important to recognize what triggers anger and remember that we usually take out our anger on those we love the most.

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Categories: parenting,


S-P-I-N for School Success

I tell parents to remember S-P-I-N to create success for their kids in school. This acronym makes it easy to remember the areas that really impact school performance.

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Time…everyone wishes for an extra hour in the day! Time always seems to be running short for busy families. Balancing a calendar filled with work, school, children's activities, caring for the home, and other obligations can seem like building a house of cards… add one more event to the calendar and the whole house falls down! No matter how busy our schedules seem, it is important for families to make time to be together and connect.

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Are You Looking for a New Doctor?

 

Being pregnant, having a new baby - or a number of other reasons cause more than 13% of people to look for a physician each year. My family has certainly had that challenge. Here is what I have learned about what to look for.

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Categories: parenting, health-notes,


14 Roadtrip Games for Families

Road Trips are some of my favorite memories from childhood. We now look forward to taking our children to explore new places, and love playing games with them along the way. Here are some of our favorites:

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Categories: parenting, lifestyle,


10 Ways You can Make Going Back to School Easier

The new school year changes your child's entire day: from waking up early, getting to school, lunch time, homework, after-school activities and finally an early bed time. Here are 10 ways parents can make going back to school easier:

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Categories: parenting,


5 Steps to Teaching Respect

What happened to the golden rule?

Do unto others. Treat other people with respect. We all want our children to speak respectfully and treat others as they would like to be treated. A lack of respect for adults can be frustrating, but changing the behavior is possible. Respect for others is a learned and practiced behavior.

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Family Fun and 15 Simple Summer Fun Activities

Playhouses, being outside all the time, riding bikes all over the place, and playing kickball with the neighbor kids - these are some of my favorite memories from childhood. Here are some simple activities kids can play all summer long!

1. Having a picnic … anywhere! Kids love eating their meals and snack outside, whether it is an organized lunch at a nearby park, in the backyard under the deck, or out on the front sidewalk!

2. Chalk drawings – Color, creativity, and fun. Kids can create beautiful art, or draw out tic tac toe, hopscotch, 4-square, or a bulls-eye for a bean bag toss.

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Categories: parenting, lifestyle,


Talking about Your Divorce with Your Children

One out of every two marriages ends in divorce and many divorcing families include children. During this difficult period, parents may either be worried about the effects the divorce will have on their children, or other parents may be preoccupied with their own problems that they forget about helping their children. Either way parents need to remember they continue to be the most important people in their children's lives.

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