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Summer Reading Recommendations

Handpicked by the children’s librarians at Eugene Public Library, here are their summer book recommendations! A Beach Tail, written by Karen Lynn Williams, illustrated by Floyd Cooper. When his father tells him not to leave the lion he is drawing on the beach, a little boy starts making a very, very long tail–and a trail to follow back. Ice Cream and …

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Tips To Keep Your Child’s Skin Protected

The sun is finally coming out to stay for the summer and with that comes the possibility of sunburns for big kids and even for infants. While we are excited for summer, it is important to keep in mind that there are some aspects of sun exposure that can be unsafe for our skin. Let’s …

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Ready For the Open Road

Summer weather beckons us to the open road. Of course, traveling with little ones is no walk in the park. It’s not always easy to travel long distances with children in tow, but that shouldn’t stop you from enjoying summer adventures. With some preparation and planning, your family can have many fun adventures ahead. Boredom …

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Dads, when does fatherhood begin? A case to be made it’s when you were born

I have a question for all the fathers and father-figures out there: “When do you think fatherhood begins?” Some of you might say it’s when you find out your partner is pregnant. Others say, it’s when you first see that sonogram or hear Baby’s heartbeat for the first time. Still, others say it really hits …

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Preparing Your Toddler for a New Sibling

A new baby means some major changes for the entire family. Children’s reactions can vary from being helpful with diapers or feedings to jealousy, acting out or regressing to baby-like behavior. Having toileting accidents or wanting to drink from a bottle are normal reactions to the stress of having a new baby. Love, reassurance and …

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The Power of Touch

  A close, nurturing, and responsive relationship is the single most important factor affecting our children’s well-being. Nurturing touch is a part of that. Through your gentle stroke on their cheek or a warm embrace, your child learns about comfort, safety, security, and love. All babies need touch to survive and thrive, and the use …

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All Parents Benefit From Parenting Education

According to the National Parenting Education Network, “Loving may be instinctual, but skills are developed. Even before becoming a parent and throughout your journey, you can continually learn skills and gain insights. These empower relationships, support growth and development, and create family well-being, even during difficult transitions.” As parents, we can all benefit from parenting …

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Fun With Fingerplay Songs

As the rain settles in for the winter season, parents often start looking for indoor activities to keep their busy toddlers and preschoolers engaged. Singing and listening to music, specifically fingerplay songs, is a fun way to entertain your child, while also building connection. Fingerplays are short songs that are paired with finger movements or …

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Car Seat Concerns?

Babies don’t come with an instruction manual—but car seats sure do, and even then, we, as parents, still question whether we are using the right type of car seat (infant seat, convertible car seat, booster, high-back booster?) and installing it correctly (rear-facing, forward-facing, back seat, front seat?). If you too have had these questions, you …

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Picking a Pediatrician: Where to start and what to ask

Being pregnant can be such an exciting time. There’s baby clothes to pick out, potential baby names to gush over, and lots of decisions to make, including who your child’s pediatrician will be. But where do you start? And how do you know if a pediatrician is the right fit for your family? Pediatrician Anita …

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