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Silly faces with my loves

A couple of weeks ago, I posted on Instagram Stories that we were driving around, and P was complaining about the Disney music. “Stop that song! I no like it. Change it!” Over and over again. Finally, I was just like, “Ok, if you don’t want to listen to your music, we’ll listen to my music.” I turned on Cardi ...

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3 ways to help get more children immunized

3 ways to help get more children immunized

Follow me on Twitter @drClaire There is much to celebrate during National Infant Immunization Week this year. More than 90% of children 19 to 35 months have received all the recommended doses of vaccines for their age against polio, measles, mumps, rubella, chicken pox, and hepatitis B — and more than 80% have received all the recommended protection against diphtheria, ...

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7 Myths about Parenting that Can Make You Miserable

7 Ways to Stop Time

If anyone tells you their parents were perfect in every way, they are either terribly mistaken, lying, or their parents were angels in disguise. No parent is perfect. I’m not. You are not. The parents of our various cultural heroes weren’t either. Sometimes even the experts on parenting make a mess of things with their own kids. Being imperfect comes ...

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6 Ways to Stop Absorbing Other People’s Emotions

7 Ways to Stop Time

“Sometimes I think I need a spare heart to feel all the things I feel.” — Sanober Khan I felt her agony and loneliness as if it were my own. Even as I write that sentence, my eyes well up and heaviness fills my heart. Then, I’m reminded to apply the advice I give others. My mom was a special ...

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A Serious Postpartum Disorder You Probably Haven’t Heard About

A Serious Postpartum Disorder You Probably Haven’t Heard About

Within 24 hours of her second daughter’s birth, Dyane Harwood felt elated. From the moment she came home from the hospital, she started writing. Furiously. She wrote while nursing her daughter and going to the bathroom. She wrote on her hands, on the bathroom mirror, inside books and on tabletops. She yearned to write down every thought she was having. ...

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A tired child? What you should know

A tired child? What you should know

Follow me on Twitter @drClaire Children often complain of being tired. Usually it’s for simple reasons — because it’s the end of a busy day, or because they stayed up late the night before, or because they are trying to get out of doing something they don’t want to do. When kids are sick they are usually tired, and need ...

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Is Your Toddler Struggling with Anxiety? What You Need to Know

Is Your Toddler Struggling with Anxiety? What You Need to Know

Anxiety issues can start early. Very early. In fact, you can spot the signs in toddlers. Which is important because contrary to what many people believe, anxiety struggles don’t dissipate with age. Kids don’t grow out of their anxiety. Instead, their anxiety simply morphs into other behaviors. According to Janine Halloran, a licensed mental health counselor who specializes in kids ...

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Are Babies Able to Reason Before They Talk?

Passing it On

The famous Swiss developmental psychologist, Jean Piaget, believed that children begin to acquire the ability to reason between the ages of four and seven. Those who have taken a child development course will likely remember the conservation of matter experiment, where children younger than seven are not likely to understand that a beaker of water poured into a tall, thin ...

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