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COVID-19 Increases Stress on Families

Have you held a newly born baby recently? Wondered, “What are you thinking? What’s happening inside your mind?” That brain is born with 100 billion neurons – each with 2,500 synapses. And, in a nurturing, safe and connected environment – blooming to some 15,000 synapses per neuron by 2 and 3 years. We all understand ...

What You Say Matters

All babies cry-some more than others-and it can be distressing for new parents. Meeting your baby's needs isn't always easy, especially when you're not sure what's wrong. In these moments, you may find yourself responding to your baby with frustration or anger: "Are you hungry? Are you cold? What's wrong with you???" But the words ...

Helping Your Child With Their Fears

It may not be “lions and tigers and bears,” but even happy and secure kids have fears or anxiety at different stages and ages of childhood. Some amount of fear is normal and needed. Fear can protect us from danger and keep us safe. Parents can help their children learn how to respond to and ...

Talking to Kids About Wildfires and Other Scary Things

A global pandemic, protests, rioting, school closures, and now wildfires—2020 is shaping up to be a very challenging year for parents and children! Photo courtesy of the Register-Guard. No doubt kids have questions about what they are hearing and seeing on the news, as well as experiencing first-hand. It’s not always easy to talk about ...

Wildfire Safety Information and Resources for Families

For families looking for updates on the wildfires, information on air quality and how to best protect children from its negative health effects, use the resources below. We will continue to update this list as the situation progresses: • Searchable list of local resources for families in Lane County, including financial assistance, help lines, basic ...

Natural Versus Logical Consequences

Even in infanthood, we learn that there are consequences for our actions. If a baby puts a too-small toy in her mouth, mom or dad will take it away. If a toddler goes outside without shoes on, their feet will get cold. If your middle school child doesn’t get his homework done, it will affect ...

How To Make Sensory Bins at Home

Sensory bins are growing in popularity—and for good reason! Parents are realizing sensory play is crucial toward enhancing child development. Sensory play is great for neurotypical children and children with sensory processing disorder and autism. Getting started with sensory bins may seem overwhelming, but it is actually easy to start sensory play with your child ...

Dealing With Discipline

  Children are constantly developing new likes and dislikes, ideas and feelings. Along with amazing growth and independence, children can also experience frustration and anger, and seem defiant and stubborn. But through these experiences and emotions, children learn persistence and determination! As a parent, you can guide your child to help them become independent, learn ...

Your Child’s Unique Temperament

Each child is born with a unique “temperament.” Temperament is the way we approach and respond to the world. Some children warm up quickly in social situations, while others are more cautious. Children can also be persistent or easily agitated, or easy going, jumping right in to explore their world. Your role as a parent ...

Postpartum Depression In A Pandemic

All new parents are at-risk for developing Postpartum Depression (PPD), sometimes referred to as Perinatal Mood Disorder (PMD) during pregnancy or after the birth of a new child. PMD includes postpartum anxiety and postpartum psychosis (very rare). But having a baby during a pandemic presents even more challenges for parents, as you navigate social distancing, ...

Music Benefits a Child’s Development

It’s no secret that toddlers and preschoolers love music. But what you might not know is that music plays an important role in your child’s development, benefiting early literacy skills and building fine- and gross- motor skills. A 2016 study from the University of Southern California’s Brain and Creativity Institute found that having musical experiences ...

Balancing Working From Home and Raising Children

In our One-2-One support chats with parents, we get a lot of questions about how to balance working from home when you also have young children and toddlers to take care of.  With summer activities limited and an uncertain school structure next fall, we offer these tips for working from home: Keep expectations for yourself ...
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