Baby Steps A Child Development Blog


Kids experience stress for various reasons. My kids are generally mellow little beings, but when their dad is on the road for long periods of time, the stress creeps in. Sometimes they have trouble falling asleep; sometimes they have trouble staying asleep; other times they seem to cry for no reason. And that's not the only source of stress that crops up from time to time. Believe it or not, I've seen academic stress completely change the demeanor of my 8-year-old.

Common sources of ...

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Contrary to popular belief, photographing your newborn baby is actually easier than you think. If you can't afford a professional newborn photography session that is so much in vogue, fear not. You can capture those early days (and years) yourself, and you don't even need any fancy equipment. All you need is a fairly cooperative baby, a decent smartphone, a good eye (which you can practice), and good lighting.

These past few months ...

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I have a pretty fun house when it comes to playing. We have a good amount of toys, the kids are free to reuse things around the house to make new things, I don’t worry much about the clean-up process, and glitter is always welcome here. I’m big on freedom of expression through play and my kids are better for it.

I wouldn't say that we do a ton of play dates, however. The truth is that my kids love to play together, and school eats up a lot of time during the week. While they ...

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mother dressing crying toddler

Toddlers are self centered, loving, opinionated, and silly little beings. One minute they are laughing and playing. The next minute they are falling on the floor and kicking, because you helped them put their shirt on (the nerve!).

Let's face it, toddlers aren't the most patient people. It's hard to be patient with my toddler when I'm trying to make dinner and I constantly hear, "mommy, I want... mommy, I need...". It's clear that the word wait just doesn't seem to apply to ...

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After 90 days in the hospital, we were finally home with our baby. He was now outfitted with a feeding tube port in his belly, and his stomach and chest were covered in scars as a result of several surgeries, including a long one in the center of his body from his open heart surgery. He was healed, he was home; the ordeal was over.

And I was positively scared of him.

Beyond scared. I was intimidated. Parents of special needs babies aren't given a crash course on what to do and ...

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Little kids hear the same word over and over again. Sometimes it's out of necessity, as in toddlers running dangerously close to the street. Sometimes it's part of limit setting and establishing healthy boundaries. And sometimes it just seems to be the easiest answer. But when the answer is often "no," kids can develop a negative thought pattern and get stuck in a loop.

Believe it or not, even very young children can sense and internalize parental stress. While "no" certainly meets a ...

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When my husband announced to me "Oh, it's another boy" in the delivery room with my third son, I couldn't help but laugh out loud. With my third pregnancy, I did not find out the gender of my baby until that moment, but I thought for sure it was a girl. I carried differently, and I was much more sick. In reality, I was really, really hoping we were having a girl.

Throughout my pregnancy, I had visions of shopping trips, tea parties, and crafting with my daughter. These visions quickly ...

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My son takes my breath away. I'm sure every mom of a little boy says that at some point, but I have felt this way since his giant sapphire eyes first met my weathered green eyes in the hospital six years ago. He truly takes me breath away.

He's sensitive and caring, empathic and understanding. He's playful, silly, a bit of a joker at times, and curious about everything. He's one million beautiful adjectives all wrapped up in one, and then some. And he takes my breath away.

But ...

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The Stavish

There is something magical about a baby's first Christmas. Although your baby will not remember the events of the day, parents all over the world find themselves dressing their new bundle of joy up in red-and-white outfits, propping them in front of the tree, and snapping many photos. I thought it would be fun to share with you some favorite baby's first Christmas photos.

Christmas sure can be exhausting.

Right: 3-month-old Sydney, Christmas 2011

Left: 8-month-0ld Jackson ...

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It seems like the very minute the holiday season comes to a close, the world focuses on resolutions. Perhaps the need to set lofty expectations for self-improvement is directly proportional to cookies eaten during the holiday season, or maybe the long days of winter leave us wanting something better. Whatever the reason, resolutions to begin the New Year on the right foot are common practice.

Do we really need to start the year with a resolution to do better?  What does that actually ...

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