Category: Behavior, Discipline & Sleep
When my eldest, Jack, was a toddler, I thought I had it all figured out. He was (and is) curious, easy going and eager to please. Naturally, these temperamental qualities translate to him being a good and adventurous eater.
As a dietitian, I gave myself a big ol’ pat on the back. Surely, his good eating skills were because of me, right?
Well—go figure—kid No. 2 had different ideas in mind. My girl, Caitlin, is sweet, observant and smart, but she’s stubborn as all get-out. Plus, she ...Posted on September 13, 2016 at 12:49 PM
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Recently, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) changed its rules for screen time for children to meet more modern times. Much has changed since I had my first child in 2007, back when iPhones had just come out and iPads did not exist. Establishing healthy screen time boundaries has been a priority for me from the beginning.
As a health educator, I have read up on the studies about too much screen time. It can lead to attention problems, sleep di...Posted on June 13, 2016 at 2:59 PM
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More than 30 percent of children in the United States play with mobile devices while still in diapers.
You may have seen older news reports in which the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommended that children under two shouldn’t have any screen time, and older children and teens should be limited to no more than two hours of screen time a day. Just months ago, the AAP changed what it considers its “outdated” policies.
I’ve never been guilt...Posted on June 13, 2016 at 2:38 PM
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My daughter Sophia, now 5, is one of the strongest willed people I have ever met. So when toddlerhood hit, boy, did she dig in her heels, especially around food. As a health coach, having her subsist on noodles alone wasn’t really an option for me. I was determined to help her get over her pickiness and tried a lot of different things to get her to expand her palate. I employed these tips and can happily say that she and her 3-year-old brother Sam now reque...Posted on June 07, 2016 at 10:32 AM
Toddler sleep antics are akin to playing the game of Survivor: Who can outwit, outlast, outplay? We know who usually wins! As a physician and certified pediatric sleep specialist who has helped more than 1,000 toddlers and their families sleep better, I can assure you, if you have ever been the loser in your child’s survivor games, you are not alone. The good news is, you can win with a few helpful tips — if you are patient and consistent.
1. Don’t ditch the crib too soon. Wait until a...Posted on May 31, 2016 at 10:45 AM
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We call them “slow motion meltdowns” in our house. I am a mom of a 20-month-old spirited boy. He wants what he wants, when he wants it. Don’t we all? My son knows how much it hurts to throw himself on the ground when I can’t catch him. So instead, he has perfected a slow-motion fall backward that ends with him crying, looking up at the sky.
When talking to other moms, including my own, the common advice seems to be: “Just leave him there, and he will come ...Posted on May 18, 2016 at 9:25 AM
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“What do I do when my baby reaches over and grabs another baby’s hair?” It's a common question at the playgroup I lead.
As a teacher of young children—birth to three years—I see lots of exploration, curiosity and expression of wants that affect other children, as well as parents and caregivers. What is the best way to guide young hearts, hands and minds in a group setting?
It’s important to remember the age of the child. I have seen two babies,...Posted on April 14, 2016 at 12:20 PM
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When your kid is one of the few kids in her class who didn't get invited to a classmate's birthday party, the exclusion stings in many ways. You hurt for your kid, you are annoyed at the birthday boy's parents and it may even dredge up some old, long-forgotten hurt feelings from your own childhood. What's the best way to handle this slight and the emotions that come with it? That's one of the many topics NPN members are weighing in on today on th...Posted on February 19, 2016 at 2:27 PM
Oh, potty training. It’s something you look forward to (hello, end of diapers!) but in reality it is like you are going to war. And the worst part? You are under the command of a temperamental toddler who couldn’t care less about your expensive furniture or about taking a break from playing to sit on a cold, hard toilet. But here’s the thing: You will get through it. How? By being flexible, investing in some great carpet cleaners (and a bottle of wine if need be) and maintaining a sen...Posted on February 13, 2016 at 9:42 AM
When I became a mother, one of the things I was most worried I’d have to sacrifice was travel. My husband and I share a passion for visiting new places and taking in new experiences, and I couldn’t see how that would be possible while carting around young children. I imagined us struggling through airports with too many suitcases, fighting with folding strollers and carting around car seats, taming toddler tantrums and hiding our faces from other travelers while our children melted down i...Posted on November 23, 2015 at 1:53 PM