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Ask Nurturance: Family in transition

Posted by on Jul 16, 2016 in Ask Nurturance, Child Development, Recent | 0 comments

Ask Nurturance: Family in transition

            Dear M, My husband and I have two little girls ages 3 and 10 months. Due to some unforeseen circumstances we find ourselves in limbo over the next few months. We will be travelling to 3 or 4 different towns and will be staying with friends and family before we settle in our new home overseas. What advice can you give us on how to make this a good experience for our kids and our gracious hosts? Thanks in advance, Rachel Dear Rachel, You are facing many...

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Message to New Moms: Don’t believe these myths!

Posted by on Jun 28, 2016 in Child Development, Recent | 0 comments

Message to New Moms:  Don’t believe these myths!

Dear new mom, I hope you are ensconced in adorable snuggles and kisses as you gaze into the eyes of your newborn baby. I see your gorgeous pictures on social media: the cute little feet, the tiny fingers, the peaceful slumber of an angel… I remember the soft feel of my own baby’s skin and that new baby smell! And then, when I dig deep into my memory bank, I also remember the distant fog of sleepless nights. I can still smell the soggy, smelly stench of spit up and other bodily fluids...

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Defining Childhood

Posted by on Jun 8, 2016 in Child Development, Recent | 0 comments

Defining Childhood

                Overheard in a seventh grade classroom: “I’m so excited for Finding Dory to come out in theaters – I can’t wait to see it!” “I know – me too! Finding Nemo has been my favorite movie every since I was little.” “Why are you guys talking about a CHILDREN’S movie? It’s so lame.” “We ARE children! So are you, didn’t you know?” Shaking head disdainfully. “We are TEENAGERS.” Being 13 years old has never been easy, but perhaps now more than ever;...

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Nurturance and Brain Development

Posted by on May 9, 2016 in Child Development, Recent | 0 comments

Nurturance and Brain Development

Caring for young children, however full of meaning and wonder, is a task that delivers little to no feedback and can at times seem mundane and unrewarding.   Any parent of a baby or toddler can attest to the fact that days may blur together in a haze of repetitive, thankless tasks and at times one might dream of days to come when children grow older and capable of independent self care and (more) interesting conversations. Take heart, parents of little ones: new research has shed yet more...

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When Your Child’s Preschool Teacher Gives You Bad News

Posted by on Feb 5, 2016 in Child Development, Recent | 0 comments

When Your Child’s Preschool Teacher Gives You Bad News

A mom tells her story: “It was a day just like any other. I walked into my child’s preschool classroom to help him hang his jacket and snack box on the hook in his cubby. As I leaned in to kiss him goodbye, the classroom teacher approached. “Good morning, Tommy! How are you today? Go ahead and a wash your hands and choose an activity, ‘K?” Then, turning to me, “Could I talk to you for a few minutes in the hallway?” In a quiet alcove just outside the classroom, the teacher began. “We have a few...

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Child Development Resources: Where to look for support in the early years

Posted by on Jan 20, 2016 in Child Development, Recent | 0 comments

Child Development Resources: Where to look for support in the early years

Katy was fascinated by her baby’s development. She carefully observed every new skill and developmental milestone, celebrated her son’s trajectory and diligently sought answers to her questions from a number of sources including books, magazines and websites. She was pleased to see that her son was right on track, if not a little ahead of the curve on most developmental markers. Katy had faithfully consulted the book, What to Expect When You are Expecting throughout her pregnancy and had come...

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