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Let’s Get Physical! Understanding Roughhousing

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015 by from Baby Steps

"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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When Your Little One Says “I Quit,” What Do You Do?

Monday, June 29th, 2015 by from Baby Steps

I once worked with a little boy who could talk himself out of almost anything. It wasn’t so much that he was full of negative energy, but at age six he was sure that every failed effort at every little thing was indicative of his ability to do that thing, so he didn’t want to try more than once.

He was a quitter.

As it turned ...

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Why Three Bites of Baby Food Changed My Life

Saturday, June 27th, 2015 by from Baby Steps

Here in the United States, and in most countries around the world, food plays a dominant role in our gatherings. Even leaving out major holidays like Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter, food defines many of our activities.

Having friends over to watch the big game? Wings, chips and dip, nachos-- those are "sports gathering" ...

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Want Better Sleep for Kids? Start Here

Monday, June 22nd, 2015 by from Baby Steps

Sleep is one the most discussed issues in parenting, and for good reason. Instilling good sleep habits can feel like a full-time job, and obstacles seem to crop up on a regular basis. Teething and growth spurts can wake little ones, while stress, nightmares, and more growth spurts can impact older children. And getting them down for the night? ...

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20 Great Gift Ideas for the Second Birthday

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015 by from Baby Steps

My third son will be turning 2 in just two weeks. I can hardly believe it. It seems that we were just celebrating his first birthday. Since my three boys are all pretty close in age, I usually struggle with coming up with good birthday gifts. After all, half of the time, I just want to go through every room in our house and clear out the toys. ...

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Why Free Play is Important During the Summer

Monday, June 15th, 2015 by from Baby Steps

It's that time of year again: While some parents are planning 1970s-inspired summers of long days outside and campouts with friends, others are carefully planning each moment with fun camps and other activities to fill the workdays. And some parents are cruising the racks of their local bookstore in search of the perfect summer-learning ...

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5 Tips for a Smooth Crib to Bed Transition

Friday, June 12th, 2015 by from Baby Steps

Sometime between your child's second and third birthday you will most likely ponder the question, "When should I move my child out of his/her crib?" Of course, like anything in parenting there is no one-size-fits-all answer. Many of the moms I have talked to about this wait until their child climbs out of his crib. Other moms made the switch ...

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I See You Staring, and I Understand

Wednesday, June 10th, 2015 by from Baby Steps

I see you staring.

My kids are super gorgeous, I know. They have those cheesy baby smiles and are a perfect blend of me and my husband -- my daughter inheriting my blue eyes and my husband's sandy blonde hair, and my son sporting my dark hair and my husband's deep brown irises.

Their manners are above reproach, as well. That's not ...

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What Kids Gain from Joint Custody

Monday, June 8th, 2015 by from Baby Steps

Divorce is hard on the whole family. Emotions run high, and change can be difficult at any age. But a marriage that isn't working isn't any better for a family, and sometimes, parents need to separate.

I've worked with kids coping with all kinds of family dynamics, and more often than not, kids being shuffled back and forth between houses ...

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5 Tips for Transitioning Your Child to a Straw Cup

Saturday, June 6th, 2015 by from Baby Steps

Children progress through various oral motor skills during their first few years of life. A baby begins to develop the oral motor skills necessary to learn how to drink from a straw at nine months. In the next three to four months, he or she develops a coordinated sucking and swallowing pattern to drink from a straw without ...

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