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Category Archives: Child care

The potty dance, M&Ms and other potty rewards!


The reward of choice at our house during potty training… one M&M for peeing, two M&Ms for pooping and Mommy always got some too! We have talked about when to start potty training, how to “ditch the diapers” and get moving on the process, what to do with some “potty pitfalls” and a technique to …

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You both are ready…ditch those diapers!


So, your little one is growing up!  You are starting to see signs that potty training just might be in your child’s immediate future.  You are ready to help this process along….so what next? When you think the time is right… When you are ready and have no major stresses in your life. When your …

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Will preschool help your child be academically successful?


Preparing your child for school success includes outings like this!  School readiness is not just about letters and numbers! It is that time of year when parents are beginning to look at preschools for next year.  Sometimes I feel that there is more pressure on parents to find “just the right preschool” than deciding on …

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The child care dilemma, how do you choose?


Tragically, we sometimes see in the news a report about a child’s injury or death in a day care setting.  This is certainly rare, but the safety of child care is a topic that needs to be discussed for all new parents.  As parents, there ARE times that we will not be able to care for our child.  Some …

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Break the Ice and Let a Child Warm Up…It Helps with Stranger Anxiety and Separation!


My Sister Christy and her sweet Noa….I finally got a snuggle from Noa after “breaking the ice” with a few high fives and singing “Pony Boy”.   This past weekend we had a family gathering and I was able to visit with my youngest sister’s children. I don’t see them often, but when I do I …

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Preparing your child (and YOU) for the start of preschool!


The first day of preschool can be difficult for your child and you! The big yellow school buses are starting to show up around my house again.  My daughter has had her first day of teaching 4th grade and I know several college students who are moved in and studying hard.  I remember that familiar …

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The scoop on baby poop


New parents can have full conversations revolving around baby poop.  The color of the poop, the amount or lack there of, the smell, the consistency and the frequency all can be topics.   Who ever thought that we would talk about baby poop over dinner and actually put our nose up to our darling child’s …

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Tis the season for coughs and colds!

It is the season for runny noses!

It is cold season.  I can’t tell you the number of runny, crusty little noses, coughs, and worried parents I have seen over the last couple of weeks.  I remember the days when my own four kids seemed to have constant runny noses.  The average child has 6 to 10 colds a year that last …

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Sippy cups are temporary!


Sippy cups serve a purpose….temporarily!  Introduce a cup at 6 months of age, and the sippy cup should be transitioned to a lidless cup by age 3. There have been so many new baby product developments over the years…some very good, some not so much.  The sippy cup is one that has really changed over …

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What do you do when your child is resistant to potty training?


Potty training is a challenge for most parents and toddlers.  Remember it is a “partnership” between you and your child to work on this developmental task.  You cannot force it, you can only assist in the learning process.  Occasionally I will see parents who have tried over and over to potty train and their child is …

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