Communication

Supporting young children’s social-emotional development at home

Just like teaching children their letters and numbers, children can be taught to play with friends, express emotions in safe ways, understand emotions in others and solve problems.

Sibling on the Way? 5 Things to Do Before Baby Arrives

A new sibling means some major changes for your toddler. From the toddler’s perspective, once the ruler of the roost, they now have to share you with a tiny, crying, pooping machine. Not fair, right?! You may have heard that it’s going to be a bumpy road as you adjust to your newest addition, but …

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Pester Power: The Art of Negotiation

Children are born negotiators. They learn early on that with a little persistence (and pestering) they can eventually wear down their parent’s resolve. “Pester Power” is the power children have to repeatedly make requests until their parents give them what they want. Whether it’s cake for breakfast or wanting to go to a friend’s house, …

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Creatures Under The Bed: Toddler fears about imaginary things and ways to help

Spend just a few minutes playing with a toddler and it becomes clear that their imaginations are capable of taking them to wonderful places and on amazing adventures. The downside to their busy brains? They don’t come with an “off” switch. At around age 3, the fear of imaginary creatures (such as monsters or shadows …

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Growing Your Parenting Toolbox

Let’s be honest: Most of us don’t waltz into parenthood knowing what we’re doing. We seek guidance from family, peers, and pediatricians, but even then, parenting is still often a learn-as-you-go process, which is why we make mistakes and fall into parenting traps. The good news is that when it comes to parenting there is …

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Keep the Conversation Going: Talking With Kids

As parents, we invest a lot of time and attention in our baby’s language development. We sing songs, read board books, make extra effort to point out what things are called and to describe what we are doing throughout our day—even if it’s only folding laundry. And we delight in their accomplishments: first word, first …

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The Power of Groups

(This article appeared in the April 9, 2018 edition of the Register-Guard) When you are an expecting parent, your friends, family and co-workers may gush over cute baby clothes and name choices, provide their lists of top 10 “must-have” baby gear, and share stories of explosive diapers and gas smiles. Even when baby first arrives, …

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Working Parent Stress: Tips For Juggling Work and Family

Before you had children, how did you unwind after a long day at work? Maybe you met up with friends, hit the gym, went for a hike. . .maybe you did nothing at all—how amazing was that?! In that era, laundry could wait until the weekend; groceries could be put off until there was nothing …

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Create The Relationship You Want With Your Grandchild

Being a grandparent is an opportunity to create a fulfilling­ relationship for both grandparent and grandchild. The connection will be different with each grandchild and will depend on things such as personality and temperament, physical distance and understanding what appeals to each grandchild. To help in developing that connection, a great question to ask is: …

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