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Category Archives: Child care

The potty dance, M&Ms and other potty rewards!


The reward of choice at our house during potty training… one M&M for peeing, two M&Ms for pooping and Mommy always got some too! We have talked about when to start potty training, how to “ditch the diapers” and get moving on the process, what to do with some “potty pitfalls” and a technique to …

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Becoming a Dad can bring some doubt and fear


Men and women are different….wow, that tidbit of information is nothing new, right?  However, sometimes we need to say this over and over again so we can understand why men and women respond so differently to the same situation.  Moms and Dads are different, we respond differently to the same parenting situation, we have different …

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What do you do when your child is resistant to potty training?


Potty training is a challenge for most parents and toddlers.  Remember it is a “partnership” between you and your child to work on this developmental task.  You cannot force it, you can only assist in the learning process.  Occasionally I will see parents who have tried over and over to potty train and their child is …

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Will preschool help your child be academically successful?


Preparing your child for school success includes outings like this!  School readiness is not just about letters and numbers! It is that time of year when parents are beginning to look at preschools for next year.  Sometimes I feel that there is more pressure on parents to find “just the right preschool” than deciding on …

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The child care dilemma, how do you choose?


Tragically, we sometimes see in the news a report about a child’s injury or death in a day care setting.  This is certainly rare, but the safety of child care is a topic that needs to be discussed for all new parents.  As parents, there ARE times that we will not be able to care for our child.  Some …

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It is that time of year….time for a flu vaccine for everyone 6 months of age and older!


                  It is the time of year when I start my daily reminders to parents (I sometimes can be annoying, I guess)… but it is time…time for that flu shot!  Put your excuses away, everyone 6 months and older should receive a flu shot, no ifs, ands, …

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You both are ready…ditch those diapers!


So, your little one is growing up!  You are starting to see signs that potty training just might be in your child’s immediate future.  You are ready to help this process along….so what next? When you think the time is right… When you are ready and have no major stresses in your life. When your …

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Break the Ice and Let a Child Warm Up…It Helps with Stranger Anxiety and Separation!


My Sister Christy and her sweet Noa….I finally got a snuggle from Noa after “breaking the ice” with a few high fives and singing “Pony Boy”.   This past weekend we had a family gathering and I was able to visit with my youngest sister’s children. I don’t see them often, but when I do I …

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Preparing your child (and YOU) for the start of preschool!


The first day of preschool can be difficult for your child and you! The big yellow school buses are starting to show up around my house again.  My daughter has had her first day of teaching 4th grade and I know several college students who are moved in and studying hard.  I remember that familiar …

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The scoop on baby poop


New parents can have full conversations revolving around baby poop.  The color of the poop, the amount or lack there of, the smell, the consistency and the frequency all can be topics.   Who ever thought that we would talk about baby poop over dinner and actually put our nose up to our darling child’s …

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