Baby Steps A Child Development Blog

Raise your hand if you remember Red Rover. When people muse about the games that emerged years ago when kids weren’t quite so supervised out in the wild, I find myself lost in a sea of fond memories about games like Red Rover. Red Rover, Red Rover send Katie right over! Find the weakest link – attempt to barrel through arms linked together to ...

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Parenting a strong willed child can certainly be a bit tiring for the parents. A mom once told me that it feels like her preschooler digs in her heels about little things simply because she enjoys the battle. “Socks? Are we really discussing the importance of wearing socks in the freezing cold?” That mom is certainly not alone. This is a ...

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As a pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist, I have the pleasure of evaluating and treating children of all ages. One of my favorite ages to work with is toddlers and their families. Helping and watching a child develop early language skills is exciting. Expressive language is the use of words to communicate what a person wants and thinks. ...

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I’m beginning to think that the phrase, “I’m bored” is one of the biggest trigger phases in modern parenting. I get a lot of email from frustrated parents, wondering why their kids are always bored the moment they finally have that coveted downtime and what they can possibly do to make it stop. That, right there, is the problem. ...

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My daughter started a nonprofit last weekend. Okay, it’s not a real nonprofit, but through the context of play she’s working out how someone can start a nonprofit that makes an impact on the world. It’s not my story to tell, so I’ll skip the detailed description, but it started with a “save the penguins from global warming” campaign ...

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Parental stress levels are on the rise. Although many people enter the world of parenting with preconceived notions about how wonderful and rewarding the experience will be, it doesn't feel rewarding every single day. Some days are hard.  Each stage of child development brings amazing new milestones, but each ...

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A mom called me for an appointment with her four-year-old son because of anxiety that seemed “out of the blue”. He was always a good sleeper. He plays a lot. He goes to preschool three mornings a week, where he plays even more. He was happy, healthy and silly … until he wasn’t. To this mom, the change seemed to take place while the boy was ...

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A mom of a four-year-old tracked me down with concerns about what she feared might be considered "pathological" lying. Her daughter could weave a tale like no other, and mom was worried that this behavior, left unchecked, would become a problem. The problem, however, was that her daughter was such a proficient liar that she seemed to believe her ...

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Testing season is upon us once again, and my phone is ringing off the hook with questions about opting out. The majority of these questions come from parents concerned about test anxiety. In some cases, the child struggled with anxiety during testing in the past. In other cases, the child shows some signs of mild anxiety and the parent worries ...

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How to Balance Work and Family

Thursday, April 14th, 2016 by from Baby Steps
If you dare to mention your quest to find the ultimate work/family balance to your working mom friends, they will probably giggle in return.  Balance?  What's that? Being a working mom can lead to feelings of guilt and stress.  Divided attention between work and family can make it difficult to ...

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