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Child Sleep Issue: My 9 Year Old Needs Me to Go To Sleep!

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Would you like to have me answer your sleep question in my next video? If so, scroll down and submit your question in the comment section below. I will pick several questions a month to answer and post them here on the blog! If you would rather read than watch my above video then here is the transcript of this week’s child sleep issue video: Hi! I’m Kim West, The…

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Is Stress-Free Parenting Possible? One day at a time, I think it is.

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By Christine Carter, PhD Stress is the trash of modern life – we all generate it but if you don’t dispose of it properly, it will pile up and overtake your life.—Danzae Pace I’ve met very few parents who don’t complain about how stressful life is; just getting out the door in the morning can feel downright Herculean. Feeling stressed out is not uncommon in our crazy busy society, even…

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Your Child’s Growing Brain: Keeping It Happy, Healthy and Moving Forward!

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A guest article about your child’s growing brain by  Frank J. Kros, MSW, JD, President of The Upside Down Organization I have taken several workshops with Frank Kros from the Upside Down Organization. They are great!!! Just had to share this article with you all! The article is written for teachers but the advice applies to all children and parents! Parents can do a lot to support the growth and development…

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Is My Child Ready? – Toilet Training Tips for Stress-Free Potty Training

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Many parents are wary in the months leading up to potty training, as it seems this milestone can be rife with stress, power struggles, and messy problems. While it is certainly a stressful time for parents, it also is for the child being trained! Defusing that stress is what Stress-Free Potty Training, A Commonsense Guide to Finding the Right Approach for Your Child (AMACOM Books) by pediatric neuropsychologist Dr. Pete…

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10 Tips for Pleasing Your Picky Eater

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10 Tips for Pleasing Your Picky Eater, by Karen Mahan, BS, MS- Guest Blogger Being a picky eater is part of what it means to be a toddler. There are developmental reasons why kids between one and three years of age peck and poke at their food. After a year of rapid growth (the average one-year-old has tripled her birth weight), toddlers gain weight more slowly. So, of course, they…

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Toilet Training Tips While Preserving Your Child’s Sleep

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Parents often have a lot of questions about toilet training and how it interacts with sleep. Here, in a nutshell, is what I tell them: Sleep Training and Daytime Potty Training I don’t see any problem doing sleep training and daytime potty training simultaneously as long as the child is ready, able, and reasonably enthusiastic.  Indeed children often have a “window” between 18 and 30 months (later is not abnormal, don’t worry…

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