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Parents Need Support More Than Ever

After six weeks of physical distancing, many of us are feeling the effects of social isolation. This is especially true for parents who were already experiencing postpartum anxiety and depression brought on by isolation, lack of support from family or friends, as well as the stress of caring for a baby. For 40 years, Parenting …

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Tips for Homework Success

It’s the middle of the school year—there are more hours of daylight; the weather is starting to warm up (ever so slightly); and the weekends and after-school hours are starting to fill up with spring sports on the horizon. Your child’s homework might be the last thing on your mind. If you and your child …

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Preschool Readiness and The Importance of Play-Based Learning

When working with parents, I am often asked: “Is my toddler ‘ready’ for a preschool?” The next question that follows is: “Will it help or hurt my child in any way?” Every child is different, but research into early childhood shows that even a few hours a week in an intentionally prepared environment with age-based …

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Questions To Ask of Potential Preschools

  If you’ve got a toddler, you may be wondering about preschool options. And, believe it or not, now is the time to start planning for enrollment next fall! Before you start furiously scheduling preschool tours, it’s helpful to have a list of questions handy to help ease the process of selecting the perfect preschool …

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Groups Help Form Foundations For Parents

  Groups Help Form Foundations For Parents I became a father for the first time in July 2008, just five months after losing my own father. The joy of becoming a father, the daunting responsibility of raising a child, and the grief of losing my own father had me on quite the emotional rollercoaster. I …

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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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