Baby Steps A Child Development Blog

I once worked with a five-year-old by who could switch from pure excitement to intense anger or frustration in a matter of seconds. One small (or large) trigger and this little boy turned red in the face and erupted into a huge tantrum. The tantrums weren't long, but they were intense. This left his mom feeling overwhelmed and concerned. When ...

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If there's one question I hear over and over again, it's "How do I stop my kid from whining?" Whining gets under a parent's skin to the same degree that a public tantrum does. It raises our warning flags and often triggers us to react either out of anxiety or anger -- or some combination of the two. Whining is very common among young children. ...

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I have had the amazing experience of giving birth three times. Each birth was very different and incredible. No matter how much I prepared for birth, I always walked away with new information. As a birth photographer, I continue to learn about birth with each one I attend. I asked doula Shannon Moyer Szemenyei, of Sweet Stella's, to share ...

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I'm in the throes of toddlerhood. My youngest is 2 1/2 and very much in the "terrible, yet terrific, twos." One minute he is asking for hugs and kisses, and the next minute he is running at me full force with fists flying because I turned off his favorite TV show. If you are heading into toddlerhood or are a parent of a toddler, here are some ...

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I don't watch the news much these days. I love listening to NPR, and I see the CNN alerts pop up on my phone, so I know when to tune in for the good and the bad, but I don't make a daily habit of sitting down to catch up on the stories of the day as my parents did when I was a kid. To be perfectly honest, I find it a bit overwhelming. ...

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My son is 2 1/2 and still breastfeeding. There are days when I'm utterly exhausted and ready for him to wean. Then there are other moments when I know I am doing the right thing. He is likely my last baby, so I want to savor this time. Breastfeeding beyond a year in the United States, unfortunately, is not common. ...

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I live across the country from my mom. My husband's family lives the same distance from us. Some of them hop on planes and visit us once a year, but not always. In recent years, I've been able to bring the kids across the country for extended periods of time to spend time with family and get a little nature in our lives, but for most of the year, ...

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Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, otherwise known as SIDS, continues to be the leading cause of death for infants 1 month to 1 year of age. SIDS is a silent medical disorder that can happen to any healthy baby. Statistics show that most SIDS deaths happen in babies between 1 month and 4 months of age, with the 90% of the deaths occurring before the ...

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Not long ago, a mom of a 6-year-old called me in a panic. Her daughter's teacher called her in to tell her that her daughter was struggling with some social issues, which was code for "your daughter is being unkind to other girls in the class." They talked about kindness at home. They volunteered as a family. They used words like "empathy" and ...

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Nothing shakes up a family like the arrival of a new baby! Sleep becomes elusive, tired parents lose their patience, and jealous older siblings like to make their feelings known. Bringing home a new baby can cause some upheaval, that's for sure. While babies are cute, cuddly, and sweet, they ...

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