Baby Steps A Child Development Blog

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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I specialize in anxiety disorders and learning differences in my private practice. I see a wide age range of children and adolescents, and usually by the time they get to me they’ve been struggling for a while. More often than not, it’s their behavior (not their learning struggles or anxious tendencies) that earns them a seat on my couch. ...

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Gifted children often experience asynchronous development – their emotional maturity is out of synch with their intellectual ability. This creates heightened emotions and increased sensitivity. ...

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Some kids are natural friend makers. They seem to enter new situations with ease and manage to find the friendly face in no time. I recently watched a little girl do exactly this at a playground. She showed up on her bike, assessed for fun stuff going on, and introduced herself to a group of kids playing pirates. Within minutes, she found a peer a ...

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It’s no big secret that a five-minute tantrum feels like one thousand hours to a parent. Tantrums always seem to occur at the worst possible time, catching parents off guard and triggering increased stress for the adults in the room. Even in the privacy of your own home, tantrums can be overwhelming. Tantrums are, however, a very normal part of ...

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