Category: Parenting

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Sleep Across Childhood: Preschoolers

Sleep Across Childhood: Preschoolers

When I think about sleep in preschoolers, there are several important topics that come to mind: increased independence, bedtime fears, parasomnias, and elimination of naps. The preschool years encompass ages 3-5, and this represents a time of increased cognitive complexity in children. They start to develop theories about how things happen in the world and...

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Sleep Across Childhood: Toddlers

Sleep Across Childhood: Toddlers

The funny thing about infants is that, just when you feel that you are steady on your feet in this parenting game, they move into a new developmental world of toddlerhood. Your sweet, easy to smile baby has become suspicious of strangers and cries when you leave her. There are many ways to define “toddler”,...

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Sleep Across Childhood: Infants

Sleep Across Childhood: Infants

When working to have your infant sleep well, you have to pay close attention to their sleep onset associations- these are the touch, scent, and sound conditions that are present when they fall asleep. Infants can become entrained to a wide variety of sleep. ONSET ASSOCIATIONS We all know of some families that have been...

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Moms: The Real-Life Superheroes

Moms: The Real-Life Superheroes

If you could have a superpower, what would it be? Strength! Speed! X-Ray Vision! Well, ask a mother about superpowers, and the wish list might be slightly different… The power to get my kids to listen. The power to make my kids stop fighting. Or, my personal superpower wish, infinite patience. Seriously. Infinite patience is...

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Today’s Teen Culture: Mental Health Awareness

Today’s Teen Culture: Mental Health Awareness

[The information in this article was originally published on Shrink Tank in May 2017 and inspired from the hit show “13 Reasons Why”.] What Is It Like to Be a Teen in 2017? “Bye Bye Childhood!” One of the biggest developments for childhood and adolescence is that puberty is occurring earlier than in past generations. ...

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I Caught My Teen Using Drugs: How Worried Should I Be?

I Caught My Teen Using Drugs: How Worried Should I Be?

Imagine This Scenario… I’m sitting down with frantic parents who have just discovered their teen has smoked pot. These parents are also convinced their son has drunk alcohol, but they don’t know for sure. It’s not easy for parents to know how to address alcohol and drug use with their children. How do parents hit...

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Master Chef Junior: The Reality Show That’s Good for Your Kids

Master Chef Junior: The Reality Show That’s Good for Your Kids

[This article first appeared on Shrink Tank in January 2017] Masterchef Junior (on Fox and Hulu) has begun! Why should you care? Because this reality competition show can teach your children a whole “mixer” full of skills. Masterchef Junior is a competitive cooking show for kids aged 8-13. Yes, children are using knives, stoves, and...

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How Much Privacy Should I Give My Child?

How Much Privacy Should I Give My Child?

Should I check my son’s Facebook?  Should I read my daughter’s journal? Most parents have asked themselves these questions as they try to navigate the levels of privacy in their home. On one hand, parents want to show that they trust their children and respect their privacy, often thinking back to the days when their...

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6 Tips to Help Parents Face the “‘Tude Years”

6 Tips to Help Parents Face the “‘Tude Years”

It’s not just you. When you look with shock, disappointment, disgust, anger (pick your own verb) at the pre-teen child standing before you, giving you the ‘tude. What happened to the sweet child who used to hug and kiss you? Where did they learn to speak that way to you? Aren’t you supposed to have...

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4 Tips to Help Avoid Making Mealtime a Chore or a Bore

4 Tips to Help Avoid Making Mealtime a Chore or a Bore

 “Dinner time is the worse!” Meredith lamented when I asked her what was one of her most stressful times of her day as a parent.  Meredith complained feeling like a drill Sergeant, constantly barking orders to her children to “Sit down!” “Chew with your mouth closed;” or rattling off the To-do list of homework and...