Author - Sara Sladoje

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Sara Sladoje MS, CCLS, is co-founder, with Alison Kramme LCPC, of GRASP group. She is a child development and parent support specialist helping parents navigate parenting issues with an approach that supports the family. She speaks on issues surrounding child development and parenting and, with Alison, leads mother/infant and mother/toddler groups at Little Beans Cafe.

Saying Goodbye

Something that just came up in a GRASP moms’ group recently was the issue of separation anxiety with toddlers. It is important to always say goodbye when separating to connect words with actions and establish a pattern. This helps set your child’s expectations and provide a greater sense of security. Knowing what will happen next, even if it’s not something your child likes, maintains your little one's sense of trust and consistency. As we all know, our anxiety actually increases when ther...

Posted on June 26, 2012 at 9:35 AM by Sara Sladoje

Baby 1, Meet Baby 2: A How-To Guide on a Proper Introduction

New baby in the house? How is that going for your “old” baby? Having a new sibling can create feelings of insecurity and even loss for an older sibling. How can parents get a sibling relationship off to a healthy start and best prepare for the transition?

Some ideas:

Before baby’s arrival


Let your child know Mommy will go to the hospital, will return, and everyone will be together again at home.

Encourage pretend “baby” play with a stuffed animal/doll.

Read chil...

Posted on January 27, 2012 at 7:00 AM by Sara Sladoje

Halloween Can Be Too Spooky if You're Two!

Halloween can be, well spooky for little ones aged 12-36 months. Do not be surprised if your baby pumpkin seemed very calm celebrating at 9 months and 1 year later wants nothing to do with tricks or treats. It is common for children in this age range to be nervous about the strange costumes and unfamiliar appearances of those around them for Halloween. They do not yet have the ability to know that under that costume is their friendly neighbor or even their own big brother. So just be prepa...

Posted on October 18, 2011 at 9:30 AM by Sara Sladoje

How to Help Prepare Your Toddler for School

So you have done your research, talked to fellow moms, attended the NPN School fair and still feel panicked about pre-school? Or maybe just wondering what will get your baby/toddler school ready? Surprisingly, the best enrichment activity is something you do every day - conversation! Speaking to your child, asking questions, responding to their statements, and using varied vocabulary, all provide a rich foundation for early literacy skills. In fact, early, frequent verbal interaction is th...

Posted on September 15, 2011 at 8:15 AM by Sara Sladoje