babies

Shifts & Starts: 3 Major Times Our Little Ones Change Up Our Routines

I don’t know about you, but lately, my Facebook newsfeed is filled with adorable first-day-of-school photos.  I love it.  You can see the anticipation in their little faces and I completely understand what those moms and dads posting them must be feeling.

This time of year always makes me a bit reflective about transitions.  And I can’t help but think about how parenthood is constantly insisting we grow right along with our kids.

Shaping Perceptions of Racial Diversity in Babies, Toddlers & Young Children

Quick--If you had to guess, when do you think our children first begin to notice racial differences?

 

You might guess that it begins in grade school, when kids are under more pressure to fit in or have had more time to absorb their parents’ perceptions and commentary on different races. But, you’d be wrong.  These concepts begin taking shape much, much earlier than that.

Separation Anxiety & Stranger Danger: How to Get through it with Confidence & Empathy

Has your baby or toddler hit the “separation anxiety” phase in their development yet?  Our littles can start feeling separation anxiety as early as 6 months and usually phases out by age 2, but the peak age range is 8-18 months.  It usually looks like clinginess, tantrums or resistance to other caregivers. It often happens when mom or dad leaves the room for a moment, or during bedtime routines, or when a child is dropped off at a caregiver’s place.

How to Deal When Your Baby Hates the Car

Not all of us win the lottery when it comes to kids and car rides.  Some parents love driving their babies or kids around because they’re guaranteed to knock out during the ride.  Other parents, not so much.  If your baby screams as if they’re being tortured during any drive or if your toddler gets carsick, I know how traumatic it can feel for you, momma.  I have two kids and they are like night and day when it comes to personalities.  Their reactions to car rides….also like night and day.