child-development

Parenting

The Many Moods Of A Work-At-Home Mom

While I’m fortunate to be a work-at-home mom, each day is a roller coaster of emotions. There is no divide between my life as a mom and my career and every move I make is is a multi-tasking miracle. Stressful, much? You bet. Here’s what my average day is like: It’s 6:30 am, and my […]

Health

These 4 Behaviors Can Be Symptoms of a Bigger Issue

For years, the mom of a nine-year-old boy struggled to understand his behavior. He was prone to meltdowns and genuinely appeared to dislike school, no matter the classroom. She described his meltdowns as “overwhelming,” sharing that he would throw himself on ground and scream and cry. Teachers, administrators, and school counselors suggested better boundaries, an […]

Toddlers

When Can a Toddler Throw and Kick a Ball?

In a world full of “smart” toys that take the guesswork out of just about everything and include fun sounds and flashing lights, it’s easy to forget that what toddlers need most of all is time to move and play with no frills toys. A ball is one such toy. Between the time when a […]

Tips and Tricks

6 Ways To Help Your Child With Back-To-School Anxiety

Does your kid have back-to-school jitters? The start of a new school year after a summer break is full of school supplies, paperwork, and new lunch ideas. But with all the frenzy of back-to-school preparation, we as moms might forget that our children are having some anxiety about starting a new classroom, with new peers—they […]

Toddlers

When do Toddlers Master Climbing Skills?

Climbing is a skill that children reach incrementally. While some toddlers seem hardwired to climb absolutely everything in sight, others are content to sit and watch the world go by. Some toddlers might even appear fearful, or overly cautious, about climbing. Climbing often begins with crawling over objects in their path, progresses to climbing onto […]

Toddlers

When Can Toddlers Use Simple Sentences?

After months of desperately trying to read nonverbal cues and listen for the meanings of ever so slightly different cries, talking is a very exciting (and welcome) milestone. Like most developmental milestones, however, it takes time and practice to progress from single words to stringing two or three words together to using complete sentences. Talking […]

Toddlers

Toddlers and Early Literacy Skills

Long before your child begins to read, she’ll develop pre-reading skills that set her up for early literacy skills and future reading success. Believe it or not, some of these skills emerge during the toddler years. While the toddler years are often characterized by chasing down new runners, picking up dropped (or thrown) food, and […]

Parenting

When Do Babies Develop Fine Motor Skills?

When it comes to reaching developmental milestones, smiling, laughing, crawling, and walking are viewed as the most exciting, but while achieving these big milestones babies are also hard at work on things like fine motor skills. While crawling and walking require a ton of energy and are often rewarded with smiles, hugs, and clapping from […]

Parenting

When Do Babies Develop Object Permanence?

For about the first four months of life, babies think that when something is out of view, it’s gone for good. That blanket or pacifier that drops to the ground is gone forever. At around five months, however, babies learn that their favorite toys, people, and items still exist even when they’re out of sight. […]

Parenting

When Do Babies Sleep Through the Night?

Some developmental milestones, like smiling and laughing, are great fun for parents and babies alike, while others just feel necessary. Sleeping through the night is one milestone many parents look forward to, but it doesn’t always happen at a specific time. In fact, many factors contribute to frequent night wakings, even after an infant seems […]

Parenting

When Do Babies See Color?

When a newborn first enters the world, vision is fuzzy at best. During the first six months of life, your baby will begin to see with increasing depth and clarity. As color begins to emerge for your baby, she will begin to see the world in a whole new light. Newborn vision sharpens gradually over […]

Parenting

When Do Babies Laugh?

From sleeping through the night to walking around the house, your baby’s first year is packed with exciting milestones. Each “first” is an indicator that your baby is growing and learning, and a baby’s first laugh is a sign that your baby is content. After what might feel like endless sleepless nights, laughter is always […]