Do You Have a Newborn? Playing is Communicating

If you have a newborn remember that nonverbal play is communicating. Playing includes hugging, skin to skin closeness, eye love, smile gazing, encouraging brief tummy time. We listen to cries and fussing carefully because the baby is speaking to us about what’s on her mind. Yes her mind is alert from day 1. Behavior is…

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  Subscribe           New Book from One of Our Contributors at Upjourney Playing with Baby: Researched-Based Play to Bond with Your Baby from Birth to Year One – by Laurie Hollman A baby hears her mother’s voice in utero, claps her hands a few months later, plays peekaboo over and over…

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The Value of Independent Play for Toddlers and Kids ages 4-6

During the Pandemic children are playing by themselves more often, especially if their parents are working. While they surely need our participation, they also benefit from learning to enjoy their own company. Toddlers Toddlers naturally play independently because they are thrilled to be so mobile. Once walking and climbing and even jumping are part of…

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Creating a Low Stress Environment for Kids

Children feel stress due to internal causes and external causes. Both need to be taken into account to ensure that their environment minimizes their state of mental or emotional strain or tension that results from adverse or very demanding situations and circumstances. Internal Causes Some children have an anxious temperament. Thus even modest changes and…

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Children Observe Parents Carefully for Signposts About Our World

Children take the business of growing up seriously these days. Faced with the restrictions of COVID resulting in limited social contacts, they may often feel unheard and alone. They hear about vaccinations coming, but they’re hardly first on the list. Neither are their parents. And their grandparents keep waiting for more vaccines to arrive at…

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Let’s Applaud and Love Our Ten-Year-Olds

Recent national events that have been before us unhidden and unbidden for years in our adult lives are now encroaching on our children. Last week they heard words like “siege” and “insurrection” as they heard adults question the longevity of democracy. For more than a year now they have been attentive to the rules surrounding…

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COVID BUBBLES

A great new phenomena has arisen where a small group, always the same people, often family members or a few very close friends, get tested frequently and can hang out together inside and out without masks. I call this the COVID BUBBLE. If you belong to a COVID BUBBLE you essentially lock down mostly otherwise,…

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How to Raise Kids to Not Become Narcissistic Adults

Narcissism is in the political wind today. How do parents raise their kids to grow up to be empathic, industrious, happy adults with healthy mutual relationships? Meet Your Child’s Needs without Overindulgence Having early childhood needs for dependence and independence are normal. When met in a timely, developmentally appropriate, empathic manner the child learns his…

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Reducing Election Anxiety in American Families

During turbulent times, a national election stirs anxiety due to intense preoccupation about the health and welfare of all the people in our nation—adults and children. To allay this anxiety in adults taking active steps to participate in the election reduces a sense of helplessness held by individuals facing the spiraling of COVID 19 and…

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