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Self-Esteem Builders: 14 Ways to Tell Your Kids How Much You Care

Self-Esteem Builders: 14 Ways to Tell Your Kids How Much You Care

Kind and loving words are critical to help children build self-esteem and confidence. Here are 14 simple ways to let your child know how special he really is!


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6 Tips for Surviving Your Newborn: A Guide For Dads-to-Be

6 Tips for Surviving Your Newborn: A Guide For Dads-to-Be

Dear New Dad: Caring for the wants and needs of mother and baby now is your Life's Purpose.

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"I ONLY Want Mama!" The Straight Scoop on Parental Preference

"I ONLY Want Mama!" The Straight Scoop on Parental Preference

It's normal and it's nothing personal! Here's what's behind the whole parental preference phase—and 6 ways to handle it with grace.

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Parents + Teachers + Good Conversations = Formula for Success!

Parents + Teachers + Good Conversations = Formula for Success! Read more

To TV...or Not to TV. That is the Question.

To TV...or Not to TV. That is the Question.

Once upon a time, we swore off screens as a babysitter. Then… we bought her a Kindle: Parenting in the screen age is all about compromise (and eating your words).

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50-50 Parenting: How One Dad Divvies Up the Duties (and the Dooties)  

50-50 Parenting: How One Dad Divvies Up the Duties (and the Dooties)  

Two working parents, two incomes...a whole new way of raising a family: In many a modern household, equal-parenting rules apply. Here's how one dedicated dad and his wife make 50-50 parenting work.

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Everyone Poops—But My Daughter Tried Hard to Game the System.

Everyone Poops—But My Daughter Tried Hard to Game the System.

What goes in comes out...until it doesn't. Stool-withholding, it turns out, is a common toilet-training pitfall. Here's how one mom helped her daughter through it.

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"Waaahh!" 6 Sweet Books That Teach Kids About Feelings

"Waaahh!" 6 Sweet Books That Teach Kids About Feelings

Blocks fall down, pool time ends, cookies crumble: Little kids have big feelings. Happily, a good book about emotions can help her express them positively.

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It's the Year 2040: Who Will Your Child Be When He's All Grown Up?

It's the Year 2040: Who Will Your Child Be When He's All Grown Up?

Look into your child's future. Who do you see? Our parenting coaches share a simple but powerful exercise that just might change the way you parent (for the better)! 

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The Other Rush Hour: How to Find Happiness at 6am

The Other Rush Hour: How to Find Happiness at 6am

Mornings with kids can be madness! One mom shares 5 strategies to tame the morning rush—it'll make the rest of your day shine that much brighter!

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Open Hearts: Teaching Kids to Embrace (and Love) Differences

Open Hearts: Teaching Kids to Embrace (and Love) Differences

Do you hope your children grow up to be kind and caring adults who embrace (and celebrate) other people's differences? Us, too! That's why we strive to create an inclusive environment in every single on of our centers. 

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Stop, Drop, Connect! Practicing Presence When Your World is Nuts

Stop, Drop, Connect! Practicing Presence When Your World is Nuts

Life can feel like one big to-do list. Dinner! Bedtime! Bills! Dust Bunnies!  Once a day, drop the chores in favor of this: genuine connection with your kids. Here's how.

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Board Books or iPads, Picture Books or Kindles: How is a Page Different than a Screen?

Board Books or iPads, Picture Books or Kindles: How is a Page Different than a Screen?

We all know that reading is great for kids...but does reading on an iPad or Kindle change the story time experience? Yes, it turns out. Why? Read on! 

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Celebrate Our Differences! 3 Books that Teach Respect for All

Celebrate Our Differences! 3 Books that Teach Respect for All

Teaching respect for people who are different from us—whether in appearance, behavior, manner of speech, religion, or physical ability—begins early. It must.

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Underpants on His Head? Letting Your Child Dress Himself

Underpants on His Head? Letting Your Child Dress Himself

When it comes to fashion, let your toddler express himself (within reason of course).

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A Globe-Trotting Family Finds a Home

A Globe-Trotting Family Finds a Home

Four young children, four different passports, two languages, two full-time jobs…oh, and a few triathlons thrown in for good measure. Meet the globe-trotting Colettas—a family on the go.


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How to Get Out the Door Without a Battle. (Yes, It Is Possible.)

How to Get Out the Door Without a Battle. (Yes, It Is Possible.)

Are your mornings calm...or crazy? Here are 6 positive-parenting strategies to help you put the "good" back in good morning.

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Searching for Child Care? 9 Essential Questions to Ask

Searching for Child Care? 9 Essential Questions to Ask

Looking for the perfect child care fit for your family? It’s a big decision—and these simple questions will help you make the right choice.

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Bed of Thrones: In a King-Sized Bed, Flailing Limbs STILL Find You

Bed of Thrones: In a King-Sized Bed, Flailing Limbs STILL Find You

Even a mattress the size of Kansas isn't big enough when your kid loves middle-of-the-night cuddles.

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The Final Stretch: 5 Relaxing Yoga Poses to Help You Sleep

The Final Stretch: 5 Relaxing Yoga Poses to Help You Sleep

Quiet your mind, forget the day, and prepare for sleep with...yoga! These 5 relaxing poses will help you get the sleep you need.

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The Destroyer: 8 Ways to Help Kids Express Big Feelings in a Better Way

The Destroyer: 8 Ways to Help Kids Express Big Feelings in a Better Way

Chucking books, ripping up artwork, generally destroying stuff: Have a little destructosaur? Here's how to understand this common behavior—and help him move through it.

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It's You Time! 8 Great Yoga Apps to Get in Your Oms at Home

It's You Time! 8 Great Yoga Apps to Get in Your Oms at Home

Too busy to make it to the studio? We know how that goes! These 8 yoga apps and videos will help you do your downward dogs on your own schedule.

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Keep Calm: 4 Easy Breathing Techniques to Help You Stay Centered

Keep Calm: 4 Easy Breathing Techniques to Help You Stay Centered

Feeling a little harried? Practicing breath work, even for a few minutes a day, has been proven to reduce stress. (Sounds good to us!)

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So Your Kid Went Thermonuclear…

So Your Kid Went Thermonuclear…

When a previously angelic toddler suddenly goes off like a neutron bomb (in public!), how do you handle yourself?

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Brain-Building Activity #10: Pretend Play Sparks Your Child's Smarts

Brain-Building Activity #10: Pretend Play Sparks Your Child's Smarts

Kid, one day you could be a king! A rowdy game of animal charades helps your kiddo build communication skills and more.

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Want to Light Up Your Baby's Brain? Talk, Coo, and Smile, Too.

Want to Light Up Your Baby's Brain? Talk, Coo, and Smile, Too.

Stimulate your baby's brain by asking questions and making faces. It's never too early to interact.

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Pretend Gun Play: Why Do Some Kids Love Games that Go Bang-Bang?

Pretend Gun Play: Why Do Some Kids Love Games that Go Bang-Bang?

Fascination with weapon play is normal for many children (boys especially), but it can also be really distressing for parents: Here's how to nurture the positive side of his good guy, bad guy world.

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Millennial Moms & Dads: 6 Ways They're Raising Kids Differently

Millennial Moms & Dads: 6 Ways They're Raising Kids Differently

Millennials (those ages 18 to 34) are now raising the next as-yet-to-be-named generation. So what kind of parents are they? Busy, positive, and super safe. Read on!

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Brainy Baby Activity #1: Pick Up the Spoon... Again?!

Brainy Baby Activity #1: Pick Up the Spoon... Again?!

Go ahead, play along with your brilliant little baby—that little spoon-hurdler is busy discovering cause and effect.

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Let Her Play! Pretending Today Helps Kids Build Skills For Tomorrow

Let Her Play! Pretending Today Helps Kids Build Skills For Tomorrow

Dramatic play is a powerful way for young children to develop socially, emotionally, and cognitively.

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All About Drool and Babies: The Drippy, Droppy Facts

All About Drool and Babies: The Drippy, Droppy Facts

Some babies don't drip a drop, while others go through eight bibs a day: Everything you’ve ever wanted to know about baby drool, but never thought to ask.


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Brainy Baby Activity #2: This Little Piggy...

Brainy Baby Activity #2: This Little Piggy...

WEEEEEEEE-wee-wee-wee-wee-wee! Tickle-y little piggy games help your baby's brain grow strong.

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No One Is the Same. (Hooray!) How to Talk with Kids About Differences

No One Is the Same. (Hooray!) How to Talk with Kids About Differences

Children notice everything, and often questions follow. Learn positive ways to talk about how we're all different.

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Road Trip! It Was the Family Van of My Dreams... Well, sort of.

Road Trip! It Was the Family Van of My Dreams... Well, sort of.

I imagined the three of us traveling the highways and byways in a glistening silver Airstream. For now, a 1978 Dodge TransVan would have to do.


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9 Positive Parenting Strategies to Nix the Whining for Good

9 Positive Parenting Strategies to Nix the Whining for Good

The sing-songy pleas of a whining child has all the pleasantness of nails scraping a chalkboard. These 9 positive strategies will help you minimize whining before it becomes a habit.

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Babble With Your Baby! Those Adorable Coos Are the Start of Language

Babble With Your Baby! Those Adorable Coos Are the Start of Language

Babble with your baby now to keep her excited about talking in the months ahead.

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Go Ahead, Let Your Baby Make a Mess. (It's Good for Her Brain!)

Go Ahead, Let Your Baby Make a Mess. (It's Good for Her Brain!)

Touching and experiencing a wide variety of textures is important for babies' brain development.

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There She Goes Again! Tips for Keeping Your Little Runner Close

There She Goes Again! Tips for Keeping Your Little Runner Close

Got a kid who loves to bolt? We've got 4 common reasons why kids run—and positive parenting solutions that really get at the heart of the matter.

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Homemade Baby Food: Raise a Good Eater 

Homemade Baby Food: Raise a Good Eater 

Jarred baby food may win on grab-and-go convenience, but making your own homemade varieties takes spoon-feeding to next level.

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Here Comes Baby #2! 14 Tips to Prepare Older Siblings for a New Baby

Here Comes Baby #2! 14 Tips to Prepare Older Siblings for a New Baby

A new baby is a big change for everybody, including older children. A little planning and some extra special care keeps the whole family humming happily along together (most of the time, anyway)!

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After Baby: Supporting New Moms When Days Are Full of Tears

After Baby: Supporting New Moms When Days Are Full of Tears

Up to one in seven women may experience depression, anxiety, or mood changes after giving birth. OHU's Dr. Nicole Harrington Cirino helps you and navigate big emotional changes that babies can bring.

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Raise Kind-Hearted Kids: 5 Sweet Ways to Nurture Empathy

Raise Kind-Hearted Kids: 5 Sweet Ways to Nurture Empathy

Can you really teach empathy to young children? Award-winning pre-K educator Sue Davies says the answer is a resounding YES!

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Kindergarten, Here We Come! What Kids Need to Be Ready

Kindergarten, Here We Come! What Kids Need to Be Ready

The first day of kindergarten is a huge milestone in a child’s education. Here's how to get them (and you) ready—socially, emotionally, and academically.

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Broccoli Rocks! 13 Food Rules to Help You Raise a Great Eater

Broccoli Rocks! 13 Food Rules to Help You Raise a Great Eater

Wish your kids ate something other than plain pasta? It takes a healthy dose of resolve, but you have the power to change what's on their plates.

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You Got This! Advice for New Parents From a Veteran Infant Teacher

You Got This! Advice for New Parents From a Veteran Infant Teacher

Janet Simons has been teaching babies for 25 years. What has this award-winning educator learned from babies? A lot. Rule No. 1? Don't sweat the small stuff.

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Award-Winning Infant Teacher Talks Good Naps and Safe Sleep

Award-Winning Infant Teacher Talks Good Naps and Safe Sleep

Veteran educator Wendy Spriggs has helped hundreds of babies get to sleep safe and sound. Here’s how she does it.

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Full Plate: 10 Restaurant Etiquette Tips When Dining with Kids

Full Plate: 10 Restaurant Etiquette Tips When Dining with Kids

"I know! Let's go out!" Heading to a restaurant with young children can put a lot on a parent's plate. When dining out, plan ahead, pack your patience, and teach your kids consideration for others.

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Good Nights: 6 Ways to Improve Your Baby's Sleep Skills

Good Nights: 6 Ways to Improve Your Baby's Sleep Skills

Great news for tired parents: Good sleep skills are a learned behavior! Sleep expert Dr. Elizabeth Super shares common-sense approaches for breezier ZZZ’s.

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What's Your Baby's Sleep Temperament?

What's Your Baby's Sleep Temperament?

Have you got a self-soother or a signaler? Dr. Elizabeth Super, a pediatric sleep expert at OHSU, explains the sleep temperaments that all babies are born with.

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Making Friends: How to Raise Kind and Caring Kids

Making Friends: How to Raise Kind and Caring Kids

Whether your budding buddy is a wee babe or a big kid, you  can help her become a kind and caring friend. Here's how.  

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7 Lessons from a Potty-Training Legend

7 Lessons from a Potty-Training Legend

Real-world potty training strategies from a woman who really knows. Hattie Mae Covington has taught 2-year-olds for 39 years—she's taught more tots to use the potty than all of us put together.

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The Drop-Off: A Guide to Happier Good-Byes

The Drop-Off: A Guide to Happier Good-Byes

Some children bound into a new classroom without a backward glance. But others are, understandably, a little more nervous about starting school. These 10 tips will make drop-offs easier for your kids AND you.

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"Caaaaarrrry Me, Mama!" Should you?

"Caaaaarrrry Me, Mama!" Should you?

Groceries in one arm, baby in the other...and still your toddler wants to be carried! 6 ways you can honor her desire to be in your arms when you just can't pick her up.

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