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Dream a Little Dream – Toddler Bedtime Challenges

By |April 25th, 2017|

Thinking restless nights are reserved exclusively for the newborn phase? Most parents can tell you all ages can have interrupted nights. One in three children under the age of 5 experiences bedtime struggles, which can include:

Taking a long time to fall asleep
Refusing to go to their bed
Crying at bedtime
Night wakings (nightmares […]

Oh, Brother! Preparing Your Child for a New Sibling

By |April 17th, 2017|

A new baby means some major changes for the entire family. Children’s reactions can vary from being helpful with diapers or feedings to jealousy or baby-like behavior. Preparing your child for the new baby will help get their bond off to a good start. Here are some steps you can take to help ease the […]

Kids and Sports

By |April 5th, 2017|

In Lane County, spring sports are in full swing.  Soccer, rugby, lacrosse, basketball, baseball, T-ball – everything is gearing up for a fun experience for kids and families.  Sports play an important role in many children’s lives and provide them with a wealth of opportunities.  Along with fitness and physical health, sports have strong ties […]

Toddler Sharing

By |March 27th, 2017|

Sharing is a lifelong skill that helps us all get along.  For toddlers, however, this can be an entirely new and difficult idea. It can cause tension with your family and on the playground.  You can help your child learn to share things like toys and people, or to take turns.  It takes awareness, patience, […]

To Tell the Truth: Children and Lying

By |March 21st, 2017|

While most people value honesty, most adults have lied or have been lied to at least some time in their lives – in personal or work relationships or elsewhere. It might be to get away with something or it might be to avoid hurting someone’s feelings.  Children are no different.

As parents, we know that children […]

Self-Esteem

By |March 13th, 2017|

Self-esteem is when a person feels satisfied and positive about themselves and their abilities. When your child has positive self-esteem, they feel loved, accepted, and understood. They feel capable and able to deal with all that comes to them in life.

Unlike some traits, children are not born with self-esteem. Children need to learn about:

Having […]

On The Road and In The Air

By |March 6th, 2017|

Though the rains (and snow!) are still coming, before you know it, the warm weather and vacation times will be here. You may already be thinking about travel plans. Whether a short trip to Portland or a long trip to see faraway grandparents, if you’re traveling with children — plan ahead!
The Plan
It’s a good rule […]

Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My!

By |February 27th, 2017|

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 a normal and needed. Fear can protect us from danger – if we didn’t fear walking into traffic, we might get hit by a car. […]

The Family That Eats Together…

By |February 20th, 2017|

Does your family sit around the table every evening with a healthy home cooked meal while chatting calmly about your days?

If you don’t, you’re not alone. The more common reality for many families is more like rushing home from work or after school activities, trying to get something healthy for dinner on the table while […]

Families Rule with Rules

By |February 13th, 2017|

Families not only have different values and traditions, but they also have different rules – about bedtimes, screen time, homework, eating and more. While the rules of families may differ, all children need some guidelines for their behavior.

Rules help kids learn about safety and limits and how to get along with others, for example. Rules […]