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Why Kids Steal — and Ways to Prevent It

It could be as insignificant as a cookie off the counter, or a little more troublesome such as a toy from a friend's house-either way, many children will experiment with stealing at some point in time. While young children do not always understand what stealing is, or know the difference between borrowing something and taking ...

Developing An Interest In Sports

Children are born movers and shakers. Starting in infancy, babies wiggle and squirm in an effort to move their bodies through space, grab onto things, and explore the world. Giving your baby lots of opportunities to manipulate and explore encourages a curiosity and mastery that lays a strong foundation for love of learning and moving. ...

What Is Your Baby Telling You?

Each baby is unique and special. Yet, all babies have a lot in common-they all have basic needs, like the need to eat and sleep. Infants also need to feel connected and this will contribute to a strong bond with their parents. Lastly, babies need to learn and master new skills such as making sounds ...

Tips for Reducing In-Person Learning Anxieties

With COVID-19 restrictions lifting, children are starting to resume some in-person learning at school. Many schools have individualized plans when it comes to hybrid learning, but whether your child is returning for just a few hours per week or is returning to full-time in person learning, it's likely that many kiddos will experience some level ...

Meet Anita Geisler, MD

    Anita Geisler, MD, is a pediatrician with Oregon Medical Group and serves as President-Elect on Parenting Now's Board of Directors. Let's get to know her more! When and how did you get involved with Parenting Now? I have been recommending Birth to Three/Parenting Now for years to the young families that I work ...

Meet Heather Gray

I have worked from Parenting Now for 1.5 years. Car Seat Program Coordinator, Triple P Discussion Facilitator, Baby Connection Parenting Educator, and now Make Parenting A Pleasure Program Manager. I love working with parents and families. Parenting Now is also a very supportive team that is fun to work with. Seeing parents walk away with ...

Single Parenting During a Pandemic

It's no secret that parents are struggling right now as we approach the 1-year anniversary of the COVID-19 quarantine and associated restrictions. This is especially true for single parents. Managing your job, childcare, homeschool and being responsible for caring for your children all day every day takes a toll. You've heard this before, especially as ...

Embracing Your Toddler’s Counterwill

Throughout the late toddler and preschool years, children are building their will-the ability to consciously control their actions. They are making more choices for themselves and they can be persistent in making those choices known! Behaviors that sometimes get labeled as disobedience, defiance, or opposition are often rooted in a child's counterwill. Counterwill is a natural, ...

The Art of Raising a Humble Winner and Gracious Loser

We all love to win-whether it's in a board game, sport, or even a race with your sibling. It can make us feel good and push us to give our best effort, but it can also lead to hurt feelings when we don't win or, worse, treat the "loser" poorly when we do win. It's ...

Building Effective Family Communication

It's easy to get trapped in the negative communication patterns you may have learned from your own parents who learned them from their parents and so on, such as using hurtful language or not listening to you when you tried to communicate something important. Remember that you are not your parents and you can choose ...

COVID Adds Layer Of Stress To Postpartum Mental Health

  Bringing a new baby into this world is undeniably exciting and beautiful, as well as emotional and life-changing. Now add a global pandemic to the stressors and unknowns of parenting a newborn, and many new parents feel they have been left with a high-stakes, at times frightening, and even lonely task. The COVID-19 pandemic ...

Managing Working From Home and Interruptions

With COVID-19 restrictions still in place, many of us are working remotely, have children distance learning, or have toddlers and preschoolers home all day needing snacks, help with putting on shoes, wanting your attention at the worst possible time. Life with preschoolers and toddlers is full of interruptions, and if you feel like it's a ...
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