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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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Supporting Your Child’s Re-Entry To School

After a year-plus of distance learning, Lane County children are re-entering the classroom. For some, it’s their first time away from home. Whether your child is entering kindergarten for the first time or going into elementary school, children of all ages are likely to experience separation anxiety from their caregivers as they transition into a …

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Bending The Truth: Why Kids Lie and How to Respond

Children, of all ages, lie for a variety of reasons. In fact, it is so common that a study from the University of Waterloo found that 96 percent of young children lie at some point.  Children are trying to figure out how to act in the world, the difference between real and pretend, and how …

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The Power of Positive Attention

Everyone at every age can thrive on positive attention! It feels good when someone focuses his or her full attention – in a good way – on you. Children, especially, need that attention in order to grow emotionally, develop their self-esteem, confidence, and a positive sense of identity. But as parents, we get busy and …

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Survival Tips for Summer Parenting

Summer is a busy time for parents. There’s swimming, camps, sleepovers, picnics, playgrounds—not to mention the everyday chores like laundry that need tending to. It can be hard to manage it all in one day! So what can parents do to juggle the demands of parenting, while still finding balance in their day and keeping their sanity? …

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Squish Into Summer

As a parent, you are your child’s first teacher—and wonderful learning can take place when you play together. You don’t need expensive toys or gadgets to entertain and engage your child. In fact, the best learning and play comes from items you can find around the home and your imagination! For this reason, Parenting Now’s …

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Exercising Your Child’s Creativity

Kids are naturally creative, and your unique child is going to express their creativity in their own special way. Some kids express themselves through singing; others like to smear paint all over a canvas; and some kids like to make patterns out of items found in nature. Point is, it’s ALL good and it’s ALL …

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STEAM in the Kitchen

Cooking and baking alongside your toddler and young child results in so much more than just a tasty meal or snack! When we cook with our child, we provide opportunities for learning science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM). STEAM is a way of looking at learning that explores many subjects within the same activity—and …

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Backyard Pool Safety

Summer weather is upon us and parents and kids alike are chomping at the bit to get out the goggles and cannonball into the swimming pool. But with COVID-19 restrictions still in place, more families are opting for a backyard, above ground swimming pool or wading pool. Swimming and water play bring endless joy to …

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Teaching Your Child to Become Resilient

Changes and challenges – big and small – are part of life, and all children will face them at some point. While we can’t protect our children from every hurdle or disappointment they face, teaching resiliency skills to our children can help them bounce back from life’s setbacks. In addition, resiliency also has other benefits, …

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