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Here Wee Go: Tips for Potty Training

By |June 27th, 2017|

If you have a toddler ready for potty training, the summer months can be a perfect time to “buckle down” and help your child learn how to use the toilet.

The biggest factor in potty training success is readiness. While you might be tired of diapers, many toddlers are are not physically and developmentally ready to […]

Help Wanted: Is Your Child Ready for Chores?

By |June 15th, 2017|

Ah, summer vacation…

For families with school-aged children, it’s days filled with running through sprinklers, cooling down with popsicles, and eating picnics in the backyard. It’s also a time filled with endless piles of dirty dishes, mountains of wet towels and bathing suites to wash, and sticky popsicle puddles to wipe up.

When the housework starts to […]

To Catch A Thief: Discouraging Stealing Habits

By |June 6th, 2017|

It can start simply enough with finding an unfamiliar toy in your child’s backpack. When you ask where it came from, you might get a breezy response like, “Oh, my friend, Liam, told me I could have it.”

But then a few days later, you notice a couple dollars missing from your wallet and you wonder […]

Knowing The Signs of ADHD

By |June 1st, 2017|

It’s not uncommon for elementary school-aged children to get restless or bored easily; squirm around in their chair at school; or make silly noises at inappropriate times. But when a child has trouble finishing their school assignments, squirms so much they fall out of their seat, or seems to show little control over the sounds […]

Love Bites: Putting An End To Toddler Hitting and Biting

By |May 24th, 2017|

One minute you’re playing beautifully with your toddler. You are stacking and toppling blocks together. Then, the next minute: Whack! You get socked in the arm. A little stunned, you think, “Surely, that was just an accident. There’s no way my darling daughter would hit me ON PURPOSE.” But then it happens again—and this time […]

Bumps In The Night: Nightmares and Night Terrors

By |May 16th, 2017|

Do you remember having nightmares as a child? If so, you might recall how real they felt to you, how hard it was to fall back asleep after a particularly scary dream, and how wonderfully comforting snuggles from mom or dad were during those late nights.

As a parent, it can be startling to hear your […]

Worried About Whining? Teaching clear communication to your toddler

By |May 9th, 2017|

At some point, your infant’s reasonable cries for help—whether it be for food, warmth, or snuggles—will turn into requests for everything from cookies (right now!) to red socks (not the blue ones!). Some of it will seem unreasonable (to you at least), and you may be met with a lot of whining.

A toddler’s “big” feelings […]

Safety for Infants and Toddlers

By |May 1st, 2017|

There’s nothing like having a mobile infant rolling, crawling, or toddling around to alert you to all the potential dangers in your home. Suddenly, every table, houseplant, bookshelf, and Lego piece can seem like an accident waiting to happen. But with some advance planning and safety measures in place, your home can be a secure […]

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 […]