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The Importance of Attachment

A large body of research has consistently supported the links between early security and insecurity in the child’s early relationships and future adaptive and maladaptive developmental outcomes (1). Some of the key research findings on attachment are listed below: Mothers’ vocal contingency when infants were 4 months old was the strongest predictor of infants’ security […]

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Keep Your Children Cool, Safe, and Hydrated this Summer!

Summer time is such an exciting time of year for most children. School is out, winter clothes are put away, and time can be spent exploring, having outdoor adventures, and building relationships with family and friends. If you want your children to learn to treasure the outdoors and gain all the benefits of nature-based play, it is […]

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Teaching Children the Importance of Sacrifice

In an article about helping children learn to sacrifice, author Duane E. Hiatt wrote begins by stating how infants are “self-absorbed, uninhibited, spontaneous, [and] sit in the center of their own universe surrounded by mirrors that reflect their cuteness.” While these characteristics are expected and even necessary for survival in an infant, these are not desirable […]

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The Why and How of Tummy Time

  As you try your best to raise your little ones right, you’ve probably come across the phrase “tummy time.” While it sounds like just a cute catch phrase, tummy time is much more than that! In fact, research shows that babies need tummy time starting at day one (1). While putting your baby to sleep on […]

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Abortion: A Woman’s Rights vs. Responsibilities

Throughout the past 100 years, women have gained an amazing amount of freedom. Women can now vote, be elected to public office, and get almost any job they can qualify for! These freedoms open up amazing opportunity for women all over the country. But with the 1973 Supreme Court decision of Roe v. Wade, a […]

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Adjusting to Divorce

Though research has established the married mother-father family unit as the gold standard for insuring optimal outcomes in a child’s development, the percentage of married-parent families has significantly declined over the past 50+ years, while the proportion of divorced, cohabiting, and single-parent families has risen. While divorce affects many families in the US, the individuals […]

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Postpartum Depression in Moms and Dads

The birth of a baby can be a stressful time for both mom and dads, both physically and emotionally. Life is turned upside down it seems and there are so many new issues to deal with. Depression and other emotional struggles around pregnancy is a serious issue of health and can occur during pregnancy or […]

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May is Mental Health Awareness Month

  According to the Child Mind Institute, “mental health disorders are the most common diseases of childhood.”   However, all too often, the signs of mental illness are easily overlooked and misinterpreted. When parents don’t know what to look for, a mental disorder can go undiagnosed for years.  Research shows that “of the 74.5 million […]

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Why You Should Talk To Your Little One

  We’ve all seen those moms or dads cooing and babbling to their little one, making silly faces, or telling the baby about what’s happening around them. While it may seem silly to talk to a baby before baby can really respond, those parents are doing the right thing! As Stanford’s Dr. Anne Fernald says, […]

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Fatherlessness: What Happens When Dad’s Not Around?

  Many Disney princesses grow up missing either a father or mother, and sometimes even both! Cinderella, Snow White, Rapunzel, and more don’t get to spend much time learning from and enjoying their dads. In the 2009 Disney film The Princess and the Frog (1), however, Tiana gets to learn some great life lessons from her dad […]

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