Baby Steps A Child Development Blog

Today, my daughter saw a woman with a baby holding a sign that indicated hunger. Focused on dodging the busy traffic in the parking lot, I didn't see them. My daughter tugged on my sweatshirt and whispered, "We have to help. Can we give them some money?" I'm not one to carry much cash on me, but I found a few dollars in my wallet, and she ...

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It's easy to get the gimmes this time of year. On a recent trip to Toys R Us for birthday gifts for friends, my kids and I found ourselves lost in the holiday displays thinking about birthday lists and Christmas lists and gifts for cousins. We also empathized with more than one teary-eyed toddler. It's hard to walk through a store full of ...

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The fall-to-winter season is a favorite in my house, but probably not for the obvious reasons. Yes, there are birthdays and holidays and fun things to do and see, and we enjoy all of those things. My daughter loves to decorate every square inch of the house come Halloween, and she is the first to pull those decorations down and get the ...

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I know that the early start to the holiday season adds a layer of stress for some -- I get it. There's something about seeing Christmas decorations up the day after Halloween that just doesn't sit right. It feels like Thanksgiving (one of my favorite holidays) gets lost in the shuffle. I like to make the most of it, though, because that stretch ...

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It's always difficult to think of things to say when someone is hurting. You want to be supportive, but uplifting and positive, too, yet sometimes the words you think are supportive are, well ... not. Moms of preemies are under enormous amounts of stress, coupled with immense heartache, and even the most well-intentioned comments can inflict ...

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It happens every time: On the day of a big test your child comes to you with a list of complaints. It starts with a headache. When that doesn’t work, it becomes a cold. And when that doesn’t work…the dreaded stomachache.

Test anxiety is a very real and very upsetting form of social anxiety for kids. It can happen to ...

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Parents often ask me how to start a conversation about bullying when their kids have never actually seen it. It's a good question. On the one hand, you don't want to sound the alarm on an issue that might actually cause your child to worry. Many young children would be shocked to learn that kids ...

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I listen from the laundry room as my kids get lost in another animal adventure. Their voices are quiet at first, as they negotiate the theme of the day. After about ten minutes, they decide to take the animal school on a field trip. Almost immediately, their voices echo through the house and laughter fills ...

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Within the next couple of weeks, we will be transitioning my toddler to a twin bed. He now climbs into his big brother's bed at night and lies down, so I know he is ready. I am the one who is not ready. Taking down the crib is yet another transition from baby to big ...

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I work with a lot of kids, and they come to me for a variety of reasons. I enjoy each and every one of them, but if I'm being completely honest, I really enjoy working with the kids who come tagged with the description "strong-willed." I know these kids can be difficult to parent at ...

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