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When Your Toddler Won’t Hug Relatives

Your toddler refuses to hug one of his relatives.  The relative appears to experience this as rejection, and you want to soothe hurt feelings.  You also want your toddler to feel safe and secure hugging his loved ones as you want him to be an affectionate child.  Here are some tips to help you accomplish […]

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How to Help Your Kids Overcome Fear of Pets

Your kids are afraid of dogs or cats (or both).  You want your kids to be comfortable with dogs and cats because pets are omnipresent in our world.  Here are a few tips to help your kids overcome their fear of pets. Determine the cause of the fear.  Did your kids have a bad experience […]

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Rejection in Childhood

Rejection is a part of life.  It happens both in childhood and adulthood.  Sometimes it’s constructive (in that we learn and grow from it); sometimes it’s destructive (in that it leads to feelings of worthlessness, depression, or anger); sometimes it has elements of both.  Often, the difference between constructive rejection and destructive rejection centers around […]

Healthy Holidays for Your Kids

Most people think the holiday season is the time to throw off their kids’ sleep cycles, give them sugar rushes and crashes, allow poor nutrition and over-consumption, and find other unhealthy ways to celebrate the holidays.  While each of these may be ok from time to time, they are unhealthy, so parents may want to […]

Why does my toddler pull her hair out while sleeping?

Your toddler may seek the sensation (touch) of holding onto or pulling something firmly. Your toddler may be pulling out her hair as a self-comforting behavior.  Perhaps she is overly tired, has stress or anxiety, etc.  (Toddler stressors include teething, bringing home a new sibling, conflict within the family, and divorce.) Either way, your first […]

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Why Does my Toddler Use Only One Color of Crayon or Paint?

There are a number of possible explanations for this behavior. Toddlers frequently feel out of control of their own lives because adults make decisions on their toddlers’ behalves, tell them what to do, and introduce them to rules and environments that they don’t yet understand.  Toddlers may be choosing to limit their color palette to […]

The Babysitter Box

The babysitter box is a box that you fill with everything a babysitter might need while you are away.  What should you include in the box? Emergency contact list (names, telephone numbers, and the circumstances under which they should be called) Timeline of what to do and when, including the bedtime routine and when you […]