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Dropping your kid off at childcare without feeling like a jerk: a behavioral scientists’ guide to mastering childcare drop off

We all dread the day – whether your baby goes to daycare at 3 months old or starts preschool at 3 years old, the idea of sending your little one off into the care of someone you don’t know can be devastating. No matter how much research you do on the quality of the care … Read More

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5 amazing alternatives to screen time: and teaching your toddler to choose them first!

I often get asked about alternatives to screen time. With the pandemic still among us and lots of variation in childcare availability, many parents find themselves at home with their children, trying to stay productive and happy. Screen time is absolutely okay in moderation, and for the 2 to 5 age group, one hour or … Read More

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Pumping Pride: A mama’s guide to finding joy in pumping breastmilk!

Disclosure: I only recommend products I would use myself and all opinions expressed here are my own. This post may contain affiliate links that at no additional cost to you, I may earn a small commission. You can read my full disclaimer, here. Feeding baby is at the top of every mama’s mind as soon as … Read More

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Why it’s okay to let your kid eat dessert during dinner (a guide for the picky eater!)

You know the scenario: You’ve prepared a healthy meal and think to yourself “this will finally be the night we’ll all sit together and eat. No fussing, no crying, everyone eating many bites of food, laughing, talking about our day……” BUT your toddler has other plans. If your life is any bit as crazy as … Read More

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Part 2: Teaching baby to sign: phase 2 (8 months+)

Welcome back! If you’ve followed the procedures in part 1 of this blog and your baby is older than 8 months, you’re ready to move on. I consider 8 months to be the very earliest you can start the next phase of sign language training, so don’t be discouraged if your baby is not quite … Read More

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Teaching Baby to sign: phase 1! (0 to 8 months)

If you have an infant, you’ve probably read somewhere that sign language can be helpful in laying a foundation for communication skills. This is true! However, most guidance on this topic focuses on WHAT to teach, not how to teach. This can be confusing for parents because even if you learn, for example the sign … Read More