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Making Shopping Trips More Fun and Manageable

Remember the days of care-free shopping trips, or easily squeezing in a few errands during lunch break? Well, if you’re a parent, those days probably seem long behind you. Shopping can be fun with toddlers in tow, but it can also be challenging. There are yummy foods to grab at, things to touch, and toys to play …

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Toddler Emotions: Ups and Downs and All Arounds

  Your toddler is talking more, exploring more, and acting more independently. There are new and exciting things to experience, whether it is going to story time in the library, playing in the park, or planning a trip to see Grandpa! Along with new experiences and activities will, inevitably, come frustration, disappointment, anger, sadness, and …

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Emotion Coaching Through the Holidays

The holidays are an exciting time for both parents and kids. We set our expectations high, filling our calendar with trips to the pumpkin patch, sledding, holiday parties, and more—all in the name of giving our children a rich holiday experience. In all the excitement, parents sometimes forget that changes to routines (like bedtime and …

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Bah Humbug! Reducing Holiday Upsets

The holidays are an exciting time for children. The lights, the sounds, abundance of frosted sugar cookies . . . excitement fills the air! For toddlers, however, the change to routine, excitement of toys, and new stimuli can result in emotional ups and downs, including more tantrums or, as we like to frame them, “upsets.” …

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Tired of Tantrums? Helping Your Toddler Work Through Their Feelings

The first year of your baby’s life is spent decoding cries: Are they tired? Hungry? Gassy? Need a new diaper? Over time, you get pretty good at reading their cues and meeting their needs before the crying escalates. But at around 12 months you may notice your (now) toddler getting upset over anything from not …

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