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Being a Mom

Typical Toddler Development

Children grow so quickly in the first years of development typically includes many changes in the areas of:

Gross motor skills

This includes things like walking, running, climbing, and exploring the area around one's self (think at a park or in a new place).Toddlers are fast at work developing their gross motor skills. This is one factor in why toddlers seem to have a lot of energy and may...
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General

7 Ways Halloween May Negatively Affect Trauma Victims

What do you like (or not like) about Halloween? For me, I have firm feelings that most likely will never change. On one hand I can understand the interest and amusement inherent in deviating from the natural, monotonous, and boring daily lives most of us feel we live sometimes. I also understand the joy inherent in watching children dress up, get candy, and enjoy the thrills of fantasy. But what  I don't like about...
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Animal Mentors

What Animals Have Taught Me About My Childhood

Pearl, my parrot, investigates Dr. Verdolin's new book, "Raised by Animals."

I learn a lot from animals every single day - this mostly on account of how I live with three of them, a parrot, a turtle and a tortoise and am auntie to a fourth, a dachshund puppy.

For instance, animals have helped me better understand my instincts and habits and where they might have originated from, especially the ancient fight-or-flight...
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Communication

7 Kinds of Fake Love

There is perhaps no word in any language that is used as much as the word, love. It is viewed by most cultures as the thing that gives life meaning, as in “Love is the answer.” Good parents, we say, love their children. Good husbands love their wives. Good wives love their husbands. Good people love their country.

And yet defining what love is often escapes people. If...
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Children

Let’s Explore! The American Academy of Pediatrics Report on Kids and Digital Technology

In October, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) published a technical report entitled Children and Adolescents and Digital Media. In this report they write: “Over the past decade, the use of digital media, including interactive and social media, has grown, and research evidence suggests that these newer media offer both benefits and risks to the health of children and teenagers.”

Identified benefits include:

Early learning
Exposure to new ideas and knowledge
Increased opportunities for social contact and support
New opportunities to access health...
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