parenting


12 Tips to Fill Baby’s Word Gap

Monday, May 29, 2017 By Aimee Ketchum
how to stay away from the word gap, helping your baby reach their milestones

You’ve heard of the wage gap, the gender gap, and the price gap, but are you familiar with the gap that affects babies? No, I am not referring to Baby Gap! The word gap is a tremendous problem in America and a lot of parents are not even aware that it exists. The word gap is the term for the words that babies do not hear throughout their first few years. Babies derive most of their vocabulary from the vocabulary of their parents or caregivers. Studies show that babies are listening and taking in information from the world before they…

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6 Reasons Why Training for a Marathon and Bedtime are Basically the Same Thing

Tuesday, May 23, 2017 By Quinn Kelly
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The other day a friend asked me, “Would you ever be interested in running a marathon with me?” And before I could emphatically scream NO—in Spanish, French, and Italian for added fervor—she began to describe the 18-week training program she had in mind. But as she talked, I came to a shocking realization: I have somehow been tricked into marathon training for the last EIGHT YEARS. And no, I don’t mean marathon training in the traditional sense of the word because the only running I do is when my toddler escapes from me at the store. Instead, I’m talking about…

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Sleep Tips: So You Think Your Baby is Teething?

Friday, May 19, 2017 By Violet Giannone
sleep tips when your baby is teething

If I had a penny, just a penny, for every time a parent tells me that teething is causing their baby’s sleep troubles, I would be one rich lady!! Or how about when they tell me that their baby has been teething for weeks, months, heck ever since their baby was born. GEEZ . . . Really? Realistically, there is no way teething is causing your baby to fight bedtime and be up all night for weeks and months on end. The fact of the matter is that teething is not even painful for many babies. Some babies find it…

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What is an Occupational Therapist?

Thursday, May 18, 2017 By Aimee Ketchum
what is an occupational therapist

If you have ever met an occupational therapist (OT), you know that we do not find people jobs. The title of our profession can be misleading. We work very closely with physical therapists to rehabilitate adults, children, and babies alike. While physical therapists work on strengthening and exercises, occupational therapists work on functional skills and activities or “occupations.” The Occupation of Being a Baby So, what are the occupations of a premature baby? As a pediatric OT working in a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), I get asked this question often. The most critical “occupation” of a newborn is the ability to…

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How to Encourage Purposeful Play With Your Kiddos

Monday, May 15, 2017 By Cheyenne Bell
purposeful play, playtime, parenting

It is probably no surprise to most moms that children love to play. Playing is not only essential for kids to get their wiggles out, but a certain type of play is critical for brain development and allows children to gain all the skills they need physically, socially, cognitively, creatively, and emotionally. This kind of play is called “purposeful play” and parents and teachers should try to encourage their children to engage in it as often as they can. What is purposeful play? Purposeful play is an enjoyable activity that allows children to make meaning out of their experiences. When children play, they are…

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