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Dealing with Defiance in Your Spirited Toddler or Preschooler

Defiance in toddlers and preschoolers may be normal, but that doesn’t it make it fun or easy! And when you have a spirited or strong-willed child, the defiance may be more frequent and more

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An Open Letter To Partners of High Needs Babies’ Mothers

Dear Guys, It’s not just her. We’re all like that. Mommies are biologically wired to respond to our babies’ needs. Crying is the only way they have to communicate with us, and when they

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We Are Individuals – And We Happen to Parent

On many occasions I’ve read, in this blog and in other spaces, about how mothers of fussy or colicky babies often feel like frauds. They fear that they are the cause of their child’s fussiness or that

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The Truth About Parenting

Last month my post encouraged mothers (and fathers) to recognize when it was time to come out of the bunker mode, the take it one day at a time – we’ll get through this mode, and start to think

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Rejoining the World

Sooner or later it will be time – perhaps not yet, but one day you’re going to recognize that it’s time to come out of your hole. You’ll step tentatively at first, maybe squint a bit. You might

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An Inconvenient Truth: Parenting is a Tough Job

It’s been a rough couple of weeks. Emily had a stomach bug, then Chloe had a stomach bug which turned into a cold, which turned into some other flu-like virus. Then Emily got the flu-like virus, and

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Beware of Opinions that Pass for Gospel

The other day, an acquaintance of Julie’s asked for help with her child’s sleep through a posting on Facebook. Instead of help, she got a link to Dangers of Crying it Out: Damaging children and their

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Being a Man and a Father

Let’s face it; the bar’s not set that high for fathers of young children. Some score points just for sticking around. Most get nods of approval if they don’t forget to bring the kid’s

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The Lonely Mother

Young, overwhelmed mothers of fussy babies don’t usually ask for help. It’s almost unheard of. They can be treading water, on the verge of being pulled under and they’ll still need to be coaxed

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Tell it Like it is: A Father’s Perspective on Colic

When we tell the people in our lives that having two young children can be a real handful (and I’ve said this many times with a half-grin and sagging shoulders), or that we’re exhausted because our

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