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What Is Your Baby Telling You?

Each baby is unique and special. Yet, all babies have a lot in common—they all have basic needs, like the need to eat and sleep. Infants also need to feel connected and this will contribute to a strong bond with their parents. Lastly, babies need to learn and master new skills such as making sounds …

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Meet Anita Geisler, MD

    Anita Geisler, MD, is a pediatrician with Oregon Medical Group and serves as President-Elect on Parenting Now’s Board of Directors. Let’s get to know her more! When and how did you get involved with Parenting Now? I have been recommending Birth to Three/Parenting Now for years to the young families that I work …

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Meet Heather Gray

1. How long have you worked with Parenting Now? I have worked from Parenting Now for 1.5 years. 2. What positions have you had and what is your most current one? Car Seat Program Coordinator, Triple P Discussion Facilitator, Baby Connection Parenting Educator, and now Make Parenting A Pleasure Program Manager. 3. What do you …

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Building Effective Family Communication

It’s easy to get trapped in the negative communication patterns you may have learned from your own parents who learned them from their parents and so on, such as using hurtful language or not listening to you when you tried to communicate something important. Remember that you are not your parents and you can choose …

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Remembering Anita

We have lost one of our own.  Anita Quincy-Huffman passed away December 27, 2020.  Anita was with us from almost the beginning. She started as a volunteer intern in the early 80s, and soon joined our team to become a major influence and change-maker for Birth To Three and Parenting Now over the years. Anita …

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Building Your One’s Brain Power

One-year olds are eager and curious learners. Brain development during this year lays the foundation for all of their future learning. Ones naturally love activities that activate their brain development: touching, looking, tasting, talking, listening, moving, and playing—these are some of the best activities for building strong brains. Watch your one-year old as they play. …

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Self-Care Trickles Down

Children contribute to our lives in so many ways. We experience fun, joy, wonder, and connectedness with them. But life with young children can also bring fatigue and frustration. You spend so much energy on their needs that it’s hard to meet your own. Over time, neglecting to keep up with your own needs—such as …

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Ideas For a Fun and Safe Quarantine Halloween This Year

Many families are looking for ways to have a fun and safe Halloween this year without the usual trick or treating, or large parties. With the Oregon Health Authority advising families to stay home and avoid trick or treating this year, we asked our Parenting Educators for their ideas for creating a unique and memorable …

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What You Say Matters

All babies cry—some more than others—and it can be distressing for new parents. Meeting your baby’s needs isn’t always easy, especially when you’re not sure what’s wrong. In these moments, you may find yourself responding to your baby with frustration or anger: “Are you hungry? Are you cold? What’s wrong with you???” But the words …

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Talking to Kids About Wildfires and Other Scary Things

A global pandemic, protests, rioting, school closures, and now wildfires—2020 is shaping up to be a very challenging year for parents and children! No doubt kids have questions about what they are hearing and seeing on the news, as well as experiencing first-hand. It’s not always easy to talk about “scary things” with kids (what’s …

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