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Archives for March, 2013

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Meltdown, Part Deux

I wrote in a previous post about my 14-month-old daughter's first tantrum/meltdown, seemingly ahead of schedule.  She went for a repeat performance yesterday in a much more contained environment: the car.

It's a frequent experience among the parents of toddlers, an example of the competing needs parents have to juggle, and decisionmaking under stress.

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Doing Too Much for Our Kids?

I read an interesting tidbit recently that suggested one reason some babies/toddlers lag in  their developmental milestones is because their parents are too attentive.  Meaning, the kids never have to work for anything--they can just whine when a toy is out of reach and it appears.

Sometimes I'm guilty of that particular example.  But I also went into parenting believing you can't spoil a baby.  From an attachment perspective, parenting ones so young is about trusting them to recognize...
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A Toddler Too Soon

Truth be told, my baby is not the most advanced on the block.  She's almost 14 months and has never really crawled.   Sure, she can roll.  Last week, my husband and I whooped and cheered for a scootch backward.

But really, she doesn't seem on the verge of toddling.  While other babies have gotten lean and mean--they look like toddlers by now--our  baby looks like, well, a great big baby.

Yet today, in the grocery store, she...
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The Sequester and Our Mental Health

I'm getting the feeling that people are tuning out when they hear talk of the sequester, kind of like a song you've heard played too many times.  From the fiscal cliff to the deficit ceiling to the sequester, we're all getting tired of manufactured Washington crises.

But as a mental health professional (and a mom, and a concerned member of society), I respectfully request that you tune back in, and speak up.  Because the sequester's cuts to...
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