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    Benefits of Reading Aloud to Your Child

    Ensuring kids read for 20 minutes each night has become an ingrained habit for most parents. But there are nights when kids just have no desire to crack open a book. Maybe they're sick. Or tired. Mayb…

    Child's Colorful Painting
    How to Inspire Your Child’s Creative Genius

    Young children are creative dynamos. They surpass adults in their openness to possibility and their willingness to explore without fear. If you give toddlers a drum they immediately create rhythms on …

    Can Toddlers Actually be Diagnosed with ADHD?

    Age of ADHD Onset The latest research shows that the age of onset for ADHD can be up through age twelve. However, the genes for ADHD are usually activated prior to four years old, and it can actually …

    IPAD in Nursery School

    My Kid's Teacher is Using an IPAD in his Nursery School Classroom. Will That Hurt Him? Many early childhood classrooms around the country are beginning to introduce technology into their curriculums. …

    IPAD Tantrum

    My Child Has a Tantrum Whenever I Take The IPAD Away. What can I do to Stop this Behavior? This is a question we hear frequently. In fact, we named our book Toddlers ON Technology to emphasize the add…

    HELP! My Child Wants To Know About Digital Technology – and He’s Only 2!

    As we sat by a computer, my 22 month-old granddaughter uttered her first complete sentence to me. It was: "Grandma, you have to double click." That's when I knew I was in a different universe. And now…

    A MOM’S STORY: Go Ahead, Judge Me

    To say that I was slightly irritated by my under-caffeinated and over-jostled condition that wet winter morning in the overcrowded coffee shop would have been an understatement. Working types elbowed …

    When Half Means Whole

    I had another post ready to share with you today but I'm going to save it for a future date. When things happen and the little lesson strikes you in the moment it is worth writing down. While making l…

    How to Sign The Very Hungry Caterpillar

    A little bit of everything is in Eric Carles' classic children's book The Very Hungry Caterpillar. The popular Signing Story Time book is visually captivating and teaching at the same time. The lesson…

    Counting Carrots

    Just the other day I was in the kitchen and Owen, my 4 year old, wanted a snack. I make it a habit to always offer a fruit or vegetable first, so I grabbed the baby carrots from the fridge and asked "…

    5 Smart Tips for Letting Toddlers Use Smartphones
    5 Smart Tips for Letting Toddlers Use Smartphones

    It's becoming an ever more common sight: babies and kids playing with smartphones. According to NPR's Health Blog, one recent survey found that as many as 1 in 4 toddlers has used a smartphone and for…

    Parenting Advice from a Non-Parent
    Parenting Advice from a Non-Parent

    As a pediatric resident, I have families come into clinic on a daily basis with questions about parenting. How do I discipline my child? How do I get them to eat their vegetables? How do I get them to…

    How to Help Your Child Adjust to Life with a New Baby
    How to Help Your Child Adjust to Life with a New Baby

    If you have a young child at home and you are expecting your second you're probably wondering how to help ease the transition into life with a new baby. Your toddler is used to having your undivided a…

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    Skin Damage Starts with Your Child’s First Sun Over-exposure

    It's taken a long time for science to quantify what mothers have always known: the skin of babies and toddlers is very different from the skin of older children and adults. Babies' skin is softer beca…

    Monkey See, Monkey Do Principle of Parenting

    What are you teaching your kids? You may be shocked to realize much of your child's behavior, whether appropriate or not, is connected to how you parent. Parenting is the toughest job you will ever ha…

    Phi Baby Kappa
    Phi Baby Kappa

    We all want our babies to have the best start possible. How much do infant educational videos really help to boost the brain? Each hour of educational baby DVDs or videos that babies watch per day is …

    Digital Childhood, Physical World
    Digital Childhood, Physical World

    Today's generation of children is growing up unlike any previous generation in history. In the last 10 years there has been an explosion of digital and electronic media available to and even targeted …

    Apprentice, Athlete, Scholar, Poet – Part 4
    Apprentice, Athlete, Scholar, Poet – Part 4

    The Poet The poet's journey is the story of learning to observe and describe one's experience of the world. Great poets are first great listeners. There are two sides of the language coin: understandi…

    Apprentice, Athlete, Scholar, Poet – Part 3
    Apprentice, Athlete, Scholar, Poet – Part 3

    The Scholar The scholar's story is one of emotional and intellectual growth. Behind the scenes, your baby is gaining, not just strength and coordination, but a deep understanding of the way things wor…

    Apprentice, Athlete, Scholar, Poet – Part 1
    Apprentice, Athlete, Scholar, Poet – Part 1

    Introduction The toddler that rushes down the hall calling, "Mommy phone!" is dramatically different from the newborn you held in your arms a moment and an eternity ago. Astonishing and unparalleled g…