Ease your Child’s Separation Anxiety

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Back to school is in full swing! BLEH! How did the summer go by so fast!? With going back to school, or for some of our young ones who are just starting school, it can be an extremely scary time! Leaving Mom and/or Dad is rough! It can sometimes cause some pretty serious separation anxiety.

One of the hardest parts of my day, as an educator, is to see children upset when their parents have to leave. It breaks my heart each and every time! Everyday I would remind the parents to just “rip off the band-aid” and leave quickly.

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10 Advantages of WEARING your Baby

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When I was pregnant with my second, I researched and researched all the double stroller options. In the end, I came to the conclusion that I would get a wrap or a sling. My 2.5 year old prefers to walk…no…RUN everywhere! So, I decided i would not spend the money on a double stroller. Instead, I would wear my baby when possible and have the stroller just in case my 2 year old wanted a break, or if I needed a break from “wearing” my baby! So far I am SO glad I decided to do this! I wear my baby EVERYWHERE! I started out with the Boba Wrap and absolutely LOVE It! Once I figured out how to tie it, it was a dream! I was recently given the Mamaway Ring Sling to try out and I am really liking it!! When I am around the house doing chores or moving around a lot i prefer the wrap. But when I am wearing my baby out at the park or on a walk the ring sling is quick and easy! Check out all these advantages of wearing your little babe! (Other than the fact that it is a dream to snuggle your baby all day!!)

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Be Summer Safety Savvy

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Can we just talk for a second about how much I LOVE summer!!?? The heat, longer days, warm nights, fun activities, summer holidays,NO SCHOOL, and so much more! Really, I could go on all day! I was meant to be in the sun. I was MADE for the sun.  Summer is my favorite!!!! But, with all that summer awesomeness there are also a lot of summer dangers! Especially when kids and babies are involved! So lets chat about how to prevent any nastiness from happening while you are out enjoying the sun this Holiday Weekend!

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How to Encourage Pretend Play

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pretend play coverIn the early Toddler months, your child should start to engage in “pretend play”. Pretend play is that awesome time when your child brings you imaginary cookies, plays with dolls (bathes, feeds, comforts) talks to toys, interacts and plays with toys approriatly etc…. Pretend play is a very important time in your child’s life and opens the door to many more imaginary opportunities later in life!

Pretend play should also be important to you!!! It helps with your child’s development, practices and teaches problem solving, teaches story telling, increases language (Especially adult world language- think, “Bye Daddy, I’m going to work”) and most of all….keeps them from getting bored!!!

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10 Children’s Book that teach Acceptance of Disabilities

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Teaching Disability Acceptance to young children is a HUGE life skill that has unbelievable benefits. Research has shown that children who are taught about diversity early in life have higher self esteem, greater empathy, excel in education among many other things! One great way to teach disability acceptance is through children’s books! (Let’s face it- the amazingness of children’s books is non-stop!) Here is a list of 10 of the most awesome books that teach how we are different and the importance of disability acceptance!

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