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Category Archives: Growth and Development

Does your family need a media diet?


For years parents have been encouraged to limit TV and screen time for children…especially preschoolers. We have seen many studies that show children who watch too much TV are more likely to be overweight, have an increased risk of attention problems, and their play is truly interrupted. Children who are exposed to sexual programs are …

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What is in your discipline “bag of tricks”?


What is in your discipline bag of tricks? It was 7:30 am and my day was in full swing. I was chasing a two year old trying to get him dressed again. It is barely an hour into the day and I felt like I was on the verge of yelling and a time out …

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Discipline means to teach


Boundaries and discipline allow your children to feel secure and happy! One day, parents wake up and realize that their precious  10 month old actually knows that the TV or dog food dish is off-limits, but reaches to push the buttons on the TV or take a sample of dog food anyway.  Their cute little …

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Baby talk! Encouraging language development in your child.


Talking to your child and using lots of animated facial expressions are important for your child’s language development! Believe me, hearing the sweet voice of your child say “Ma Ma” or “Da Da” is one of those moments you always remember.  Later, I can remember thinking….”Maybe I should change my name, I am tired of …

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Keep your precious cargo safe by using a car seat correctly!


Parents must be sure that their child’s car seat is being used correctly…we all have precious cargo! I read an article this week that really shocked me.  There was a study where 22,000 children in car seats were randomly checked at gas stations.  Only 3 percent of children between the age of 1 and 3 …

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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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Steps 7-12…helping your child develop self-confidence


The next 6 steps a parent can take to help a child develop that ever important self-confidence! 7.  Promote independence Let a child explore his or her world freely.  Make your home as safe as possible so mobile infants and toddlers can explore safely.  Let your child “step away” from you!  Take a deep breath …

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Tell the people you love, “You rock!”


Don’t just tell your kids they “rock”…tell them why! A little “Throw back Thursday”…..a post that helps us to remember to tell those we love the most why we do!  Happy Thursday! I was getting ready to mail a card to my college aged kids the other day.  I try to send a “snail mail” …

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Steps 1-6…helping your child develop self-confidence


Self-confidence is more than just a warm and fuzzy term.  Studies show that people who have high self-esteem and confidence are more successful in school, get along better with friends, are less influenced by peer pressure, and better handle the difficulties of life.  There is no quick fix for confidence.  It is built slowly; it …

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Packing tips for traveling with kids…having what you need but keeping it simple.


Vacation season is here! With kids, gone are the days when you can throw a few things in a suitcase and go!  There is a bit more to pack with kids…it seems like you will need everything!  Making a packing list will help.  I often would start a packing list several weeks in advance and …

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