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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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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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“The Talk” for Parents (Part 2)

If, “go ask your mother/father,” and “we’ll tell you when you’re older,” sounds familiar to you, you aren’t alone.  If they still didn’t tell you when you were older, they were vague, or you had one awkward conversation about the “birds and the bees,” you still aren’t alone.  It’s estimated over 40 percent of parents don’t […]

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“The Talk” for Parents (Part 1)

  I came home from school one day with a slip of paper for my mom or dad to sign.  I handed it to her and asked what it was for. Mom told me it wasn’t a bad thing, but I may want to talk about it after school that day. The slip extended an […]

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Down Syndrome: Understanding Differences #TrisomyAwarenessMonth

As a teenager, I was always self-conscious about my unusually hairy arms. To make matters worse, one day when I was babysitting, a little girl asked me, “Why are your arms so hairy?” The question took me off guard at first. Most people my age knew better than to point out such differences. But this […]

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Child Nutrition: Dividing the Responsibility between You and Your Child

Trying to keep your children eating a balanced and nutritious diet can start to feel like a battle sometimes! Around age 1 ½ they might learn the power of saying “no”, and especially enjoy practicing this new-found power at the dinner table. Sometimes it just seems easier to let them have another cookie instead of […]

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Emotion Coaching

We often spend a lot of effort teaching our children about a myriad of life and behavior skills: how to dress properly, how to use appropriate manners, how to read, to be healthy, to be active, develop their talents, to get their homework done on time, etc. According to John Gottman, Ph.D., one of the […]

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3 Ways to Calm a Fussy Baby

Your little baby is crying for the zillionth time today, and you’re not sure what to do. It seems like whatever you try just isn’t working! While you won’t always be able to calm your fussy baby, it’s important to try. Research shows that responding to your infant’s cries is key to building a secure […]

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3 Benefits of Family Routines and Rituals

I don’t know when it became a part of everyday life, but somehow it did. It happened one day, maybe on accident, but then it happened again. Soon it became a pattern. At the end of each day when we both were home from work and school, my spouse and I walked to the mailbox […]

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Book Review: The Whole-Brain Child

  It’s a familiar scene. A young child at the mall, tired and overwhelmed, begins to scream and throw a tantrum, much to their parents’ humiliation and frustration. When this occurs, there might seem to be no logical reason for the continued lashing-out of the emotionally-charged little one. A parent’s diligent efforts to calm their […]

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