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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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Wildfire Safety Information and Resources for Families

For families looking for updates on the wildfires, information on air quality and how to best protect children from its negative health effects, use the resources below. We will continue to update this list as the situation progresses: • Searchable list of local resources for families in Lane County, including financial assistance, help lines, basic …

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Staying Connected In A Virtual World

  Social connection is vital to all stages of parenting. We need fellow parents to commiserate and share milestones with, ask advice of, or even coordinate play dates and childcare swaps with. But how do we stay socially connected under this “new normal” of social distancing? How do we get the support we need and …

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Your Child’s Unique Temperament

Each child is born with a unique “temperament.” Temperament is the way we approach and respond to the world. Some children warm up quickly in social situations, while others are more cautious. Children can also be persistent or easily agitated, or easy going, jumping right in to explore their world. Your role as a parent …

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Is Your Baby Afraid of Face Masks?

Does your infant cry in terror every time you wear a facial covering to reduce the spread of COVID-19, or when they see a stranger wear one? With new regulations requiring that adults wear face coverings at indoor public spaces, the team at Parenting Now wanted to provide some tips for acclimating your baby/toddler to …

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Music Benefits a Child’s Development

It’s no secret that toddlers and preschoolers love music. But what you might not know is that music plays an important role in your child’s development, benefiting early literacy skills and building fine- and gross- motor skills. A 2016 study from the University of Southern California’s Brain and Creativity Institute found that having musical experiences …

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