Baby Steps A Child Development Blog

I once worked with a child who was always happy. It didn’t matter if someone teased him; he was happy. It didn’t matter if he had his video games taken away for three days for teasing his sister; he was happy. It didn’t matter if he didn’t understand a single thing in school; he was happy. Happy was his go-to emotion if you asked him how ...

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Before my son was medically flown to a children's hospital on his twelfth day of life, I had never set foot inside of a neonatal ICU. Ever. We've never had any relatives with premature babies, or friends, or knew anyone with children who had major medical concerns at birth. So, being there for the first time because of something wrong ...

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One of the most frequently asked questions from parents of toddlers to land in my inbox is this: What do I do when my kid hits, pushes, kicks, or bites me? Parents of toddlers and preschoolers usually expect some amount of hitting and kicking from frustrated little ones, but when it feels aggressive and is directed toward a specific person it ...

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My nine-year-old daughter is newly interested in “big kid” shows. Though she still loves cartoons, she hears about other shows from her friends and wants to see what the fuss is all about. Sigh. If I’m being honest, I’ve been avoiding TV content for older girls like the plague. ...

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Some kids get really excited about the return of school, while other kids drag their heels and wish for just a few more days (or weeks) of summer. I remember the butterflies in my tummy at the end of each summer. After long days spent playing on the beach with my friends and siblings, returning to the classroom was not high on my to-do list. I ...

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Whether you're a stay-at-home mom, a work-at-home mom, or a work-out-of-the-house mom, there are times when you need just 5 or even 10 minutes of time down time throughout the day to recharge. These short-lived moments are your sanity savers. On hard days when your kids have been fighting all day and the baby just wants to be held, these moments ...

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Every summer I vow to avoid late nights no matter what, and every summer a few late nights occur anyway. It’s hard to sleep when the sun is still high in the sky. It’s hard to sleep when the sounds of laughter and endless days drift through the window screens. It’s even hard to sleep when the fireflies light the sky and the moon jellies ...

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As soon as my children are old enough to follow simple directions, I teach them about chores. This usually happens sometime in the second year of their life. At that point, I start a chore rock-jar system, where they are assigned one chore for each age. My 3-year-old is responsible for three weekly chores, and my 5-year-old five chores. When they ...

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I was a security object kind of kid. I had a pink blanket that traveled around the house with me. I had a stuffed Curious George by my side at all times. I even had a tiny little mouse with the fur rubbed almost clean off his head. His name was Freddy. I was an introvert before people understood introversion, and these security objects provided ...

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My kids aren’t fighters by nature. They both dislike the feeling of conflict. One has a tendency to avoid it while the other immediately shifts into problem-solving mode. He’s even known to do that in the classroom. If two friends are arguing, he helps them work through it. That said, they are siblings and they do argue at times. More often ...

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