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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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Embracing Your Toddler’s Counterwill

Throughout the late toddler and preschool years, children are building their will—the ability to consciously control their actions. They are making more choices for themselves and they can be persistent in making those choices known! Behaviors that sometimes get labeled as disobedience, defiance, or opposition are often rooted in a child’s counterwill. Counterwill is a natural, …

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The Art of Raising a Humble Winner and Gracious Loser

“Winning is great, sure, but if you are really going to do something in life, the secret is learning how to lose.” — Wilma Rudolph, Olympic champion We all love to win—whether it’s in a board game, sport, or even a race with your sibling. It can make us feel good and push us to …

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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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Managing Working From Home and Interruptions

With COVID-19 restrictions still in place, many of us are working remotely, have children distance learning, or have toddlers and preschoolers home all day needing snacks, help with putting on shoes, wanting your attention at the worst possible time. Life with preschoolers and toddlers is full of interruptions, and if you feel like it’s a …

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Clean Up Time Can Be Fun and Simple

With your family spending more time at home, it may seem like the messes are endless. While having toys and activities scattered around the house is often a part of a child’s play, cleaning up doesn’t just have to be just a grownup responsibility. By 3 or 4 years old, most children have the ability …

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Benefits of a Musically Rich Learning Environment for Preschoolers

Being exposed to a musically rich learning environment has a great positive impact on young children, especially preschoolers. Musical activities help children explore the world around them and discover new things in an entertaining and enjoyable manner. When children engage in musical activities–such as singing, moving to music, doing action songs, and playing musical instruments—they …

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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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Milestones in Speech and Language Development

It starts one day with an adorable babble. Then the next, you’re pretty sure you heard your baby say “Dada.” And next thing you know, your child is talking nonstop about video games, telling Knock Knock Jokes, and reading to you from their favorite book. The first three years of a child’s life is the most intensive …

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Morning Routines Simplified

During a “normal” school year, parents and kids rush out the door each morning, scarfing down breakfast, grabbing their backpacks, and lacing up their shoes, as they narrowly miss the school bus or carpool. This school year, however, mornings look a little differently for many of us. Instead of signing permission slips and finding lost …

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