Baby Steps A Child Development Blog

When I thought about writing a reflection post, in my head, I saw it as a tear jerker, forcing myself to reminisce through the harsh realities we had to come to grips with last summer after my son was born. Spending months in the NICU, watching him struggle to breathe, knowing his heart was in trouble -- it was every parent's worst nightmare. ...

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The first year of your baby's life will go by much too quickly. Before you know it, his or her first birthday will creep up. Will you throw your soon-to-be toddler a birthday party? My husband and I are big on celebrations, so we did with our first two kids and will with baby number three as well. I love birthday party planning. Between ...

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This is the summer of social skills. I love that my son loves to compete. I believe there's a value in that kind of determination. I know that it will serve him well as he grows. But competing over every little thing? That's a different story.

He struggles to play any game without thinking in win versus loss. He doesn't have to win every ...

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It's hard to believe that we are more than halfway through 2015, and I am ready for this year to be over. It has easily been one of the  hardest years my marriage has yet to endure. My husband and I celebrated our 12th wedding anniversary on June 6th, just two months after we said goodbye to our unborn child. In addition to experiencing ...

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My second son, Noah, has flaming red hair, a devious smile that will melt your heart, and the sweetest little giggle. He also is strong headed, throws massive tantrums, and is a fierce negotiator. I knew he would be a hard one to potty train, but really, I wasn't prepared for all that he had to throw at me.  

When Noah was close to two ...

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Have you ever had to stand back, feeling completely helpless, while your child struggled with something very difficult that didn't result in success? I have. My daughter is a dancer. She's determined, competitive, graceful, and talented. She works hard -- harder than a child her age should be motivated to work, I sometimes think. And more often ...

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I had a feeling I might hear an argument or two today. My little one is getting some new teeth in, and my older one misses her daddy fiercely. He has to travel a lot this summer and, although we are surrounded by family, nothing compares to him. We are not whole without him, and that's hard when you're 8.

It was one of those mornings when ...

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Every parent has a tipping point. It might be a certain time of day, like during that ten-minute window of time where you will probably late for school or miss the bus if shoes aren’t on and tied immediately. It might be when you’re trying to cook dinner, clean the dishes, and supervise homework while keeping the toddler entertained. Or ...

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Parents say a lot of things to their kids. We chit chat, we ask questions, we make jokes, and we try to sneak in a few life lessons here and there ... but we never do know what will stick until it comes back to us at a later date.

A few months ago my daughter and I took a walk through the park, as we like to do when we can steal some ...

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"Get me with that big pillow, Mommy!" Out of context, this frequent request from my preschooler might paint the picture of the permissive mommy. You know the kind -- the one who doesn't set limits and lets her children play in an aggressive manner. That wouldn't be an accurate description of the situation, though. You see, pillow fights are ...

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