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Being a Mom

Importance of Routine and Structure for Toddlers


​Toddlers thrive when their life is mostly predictable and stable. Having a routine of daily activities helps toddlers to feel safe and secure. This is a necessity for toddlers as they need to have a sense of security in order to grow and that being said, it is still okay to change things up from time to time. Toddlers also need to learn to be able to handle surprises and be flexible...
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Anxiety

Tune Out the Bad News

I was recently interviewed by Meredith Carroll for her article in Redbook, "My 6-Year-Old Is Obsessed with National Tragedies — and I Doubt She's Alone," which is based on the author's experience that "it's practically impossible to go outside, online, open a newspaper, or turn on the TV and not have to pick your jaw up off the floor over an international crisis, natural disaster, or a national tragedy." The article specifically discusses how to talk to young children about tragedy or disaster...
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Family Life

How to Promote Healthy Emotional-Social Development of iGen Teens


In her popular article, Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?, Jean M. Twenge refers to the “iGen”---those born between 1995 and 2012 that have been shaped by smartphones and social media. She says that while this generation might be physically safer than adolescents have ever been (because they’re “more comfortable online than out partying”), they are “on the brink of a mental health crisis.“ She adds that the research says, “The more time teens spend...
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parenting

Advice for an Overwhelmed Parent (Anonymous Reader Question)

This is me, pregnant with #2 and freaking out as #1 digs her razor sharp elbow into my belly. For some reason, this seems like an appropriate picture to share with this post.

Here's my latest response to an anonymous reader

A few questions: How do I introduce chores in a young family of three? What are best practices for limit setting? How do I get my kid to stop playing...
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Entanglement

#265: The Motherhood Myth

Did you see the TIME magazine cover for October 30 0f 2017? In the 21st century society is still telling women how to mother. The article describes the mandates to breast-feed and to pursue “natural” childbirth without painkillers. To do so will, or so...
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parenting

Girls Can Play With Boys, Too!

While I usually write about practical ways parents can play with their children, I think it's just as important to write about how parents can influence and redirect playfulness. Refusing to conform to traditional gender roles while their children play with friends and peers, is one way in which parents can help.

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Meditation

How to Calm Your Freaking Brain

Don't get me wrong; I'm really glad this place exists. But boy does it make me anxious.

“Maybe I should google the possible risks and side effects of anesthesia in children.”

That’s the thought that popped into my decidedly unhelpful brain last Thursday night. I was lying in the dark on my daughter’s bedroom floor, waiting for her to fall asleep. She was having a hard time for the same reason I...
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