Beyond The Blue: Recognizing Signs of Postpartum Depression

By |September 26th, 2017|

As discussed in last week’s blog post, it’s common for many new parents to experience the “Baby Blues” following the birth of their baby. Baby Blues occurs within the first ten days of the birth of the baby. During this time, parents may feel emotionally fragile or numb but gradually return to their normal selves […]

Feeling Blue?

By |September 13th, 2017|

During pregnancy, your friends and family may have shared stories with you about feeling “love at first sight” upon meeting their newborn, or having that “instant connection.”

If that isn’t enough, movies and TV shows tend to show new mothers in postpartum bliss—and back to their pre-pregnancy bodies with a clean house to boot!

Of course, this […]

Taste Of Independence: Supporting your toddler’s independent eating

By |July 25th, 2017|

Infant and toddler eating habits seem to change in the blink of an eye. One day they request nothing but scrambled eggs for every meal, and the next, they won’t touch the stuff.

The same can be true of how a toddler eats. If your child, who is normally content with you spoon feeding them mashed […]

Language of Love: Encouraging toddler language development

By |July 6th, 2017|

Toddlerhood is a fabulously fun time for language development. Toddlers are learning new words a mile a minute—and understanding most of what they hear! Like adorable, walking, talking parrots, you’ll notice your toddler repeating back what you just said or words from their favorite songs (“You’re Welcome!”).

Parents play an important role in encouraging their child’s […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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
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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 […]