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Ages + Stages

These posts address issues related to issues children usually face in specific stages of life, (newborns, infants, toddlers, preschool, tweens, and teens), as well as developmental and behavioral changes and challenges that pop up along the way.

Do Workbooks Help Preschoolers Learn?

By October 24, 2016 1 Comment
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We constantly hear about how our children are underperforming academically relative to the rest of the world. We want our children to be ahead of the academic curve, not behind it, and some have reasoned that if traditional academics are started sooner, children will be ahead of the curve. This too often involves reducing playtime […]

Categories: Policy, Politics, + Pop Health, Toddlers + Preschoolers


Managing Anxious Monkeys in the Classroom

By September 14, 2016 No Comments
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As someone who has suffered from anxiety I have found that, along with clinical treatment, basic meditation and practicing mindfulness can help me relax. When I meditate, which is admittedly not often because I have a five-year-old, the clutter of my life and surroundings (parents, you know what I mean) do not distract me, and […]

Categories: Mental, Emotional, + Behavioral Health, School-Aged Children


Developmental Milestones and Delays: When To Seek Help

By September 13, 2016 No Comments
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Whether it’s your first child or your third, parents often wonder if their child is meeting their milestones on time. We’ve all felt our stomachs drop as a fellow parent on the playground asks if our toddler or preschooler is doing something yet because their child is. If you have more than one child, you’ve […]

Categories: Ages + Stages, Disability + Disability Advocacy, Newborns + Infants, School-Aged Children, Toddlers + Preschoolers


Thirty-Five Thousand Minutes: How Do You Measure a Year of Breastfeeding?

By and August 29, 2016 No Comments
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When my friend Kate hit the tremendous milestone of exclusively breastfeeding her son for one year, she shared the following with members of our new moms Facebook group: “I have spent 24,666.4 minutes nursing him, or 411.1066666 hours nursing him, or 17.129 days nursing him a total of 1,656 times in the last year!” “I […]

Categories: Food, Nutrition, + Infant Feeding, Newborns + Infants


Kids Can Get Urinary Tract Infections Too

By August 15, 2016 1 Comment
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If you’ve ever had a urinary tract infection (UTI), you know it can be very painful and when it’s not painful it’s uncomfortable.  Pretty much anyone who has had one would say that it’s not very fun. In fact, 50% of women will have had a UTI before the age of 32, and pregnancy only increases […]

Categories: Ages + Stages, Infectious Disease + Vaccines, Science 101 + Mythbusting


Can Thumb Sucking Really Prevent Allergies?

By July 27, 2016 No Comments
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Wouldn’t it be great if there was something we could do to prevent or decrease the development of allergies? Especially if that something was a common behavior that most of our children are already doing? That would make everyone’s life a lot easier. Well, that’s what a recent study out of New Zealand attempted to […]

Categories: Chronic Illnesses + Conditions, Newborns + Infants, Toddlers + Preschoolers