Baby Steps A Child Development Blog

I specialize in anxiety disorders and learning differences in my private practice. I see a wide age range of children and adolescents, and usually by the time they get to me they’ve been struggling for a while. More often than not, it’s their behavior (not their learning struggles or anxious tendencies) that earns them a seat on my couch. ...

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Gifted children often experience asynchronous development – their emotional maturity is out of synch with their intellectual ability. This creates heightened emotions and increased sensitivity. ...

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Some kids are natural friend makers. They seem to enter new situations with ease and manage to find the friendly face in no time. I recently watched a little girl do exactly this at a playground. She showed up on her bike, assessed for fun stuff going on, and introduced herself to a group of kids playing pirates. Within minutes, she found a peer a ...

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It’s no big secret that a five-minute tantrum feels like one thousand hours to a parent. Tantrums always seem to occur at the worst possible time, catching parents off guard and triggering increased stress for the adults in the room. Even in the privacy of your own home, tantrums can be overwhelming. Tantrums are, however, a very normal part of ...

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One of the greatest myths of modern parenting is that tantrums come to a grinding halt the moment kids enter elementary school. Tantrums are expected in the toddler years, accepted in the preschool years, and supposed to be a thing of the past once a child enters kindergarten. Here’s the best part of the myth: Tantrums are renamed ...

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Anger is a completely understandable emotion. Sometimes it stems from fear, sometimes it stems from lack of control, and sometimes it is the result of hurtful actions by another. Whatever the cause of anger, it is developmentally appropriate at just about any age. It’s simply an emotion that people experience. And yet, parents tend to ...

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Just the other day, my kids experienced the perfect impromptu summer morning. We didn’t have any plans. They stayed in pajamas for most of the morning, playing games, coming up with art projects, and hanging around. At some point, I turned on the sprinkler in the back in an attempt to save the grass from dehydration. Within minutes, the kids ...

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C-section is one of the most common surgeries in the world. In the United States, one in three mothers will experience a c-section. I am one in three. My first son was born by c-section after a very long and exhausting labor. My postpartum recovery was horrible and emotionally draining. Additionally, my baby and I struggled with ...

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Second place sounds like a win, until it refers to parenting. It’s fairly common for children to single out one parent and shy away from the other. Sometimes, they even dig their heels in and refuse to let the other parent run the bath, push the stroller, or help with the homework. Kids form strong attachments to their primary caregivers, and ...

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Just as every mom's birth story is different, so is every breastfeeding relationship, from the first latch to weaning. I think it's important to share our experiences during motherhood with others, because your experience and advice may help another mom who is struggling with the very same issue you had. Here are just a few moms sharing their ...

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