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Carleen’s Story: The Marathon of Raising a Spirited Child

On a scale of one through ten, Liam’s activity level was definitely at a ten. From the day he was born he was alert and active.  Whenever I had gone to visit friends’ newborns they’d lay in a swing

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Do High Need Babies Turn into High Need Kids?

  Wouldn’t it be nice to know whether your spirited, high need or ‘difficult’ baby will outgrow this behaviour later in life? Well one of our moms recently passed on this article

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When Do High Need Babies Get Easier?

Unfortunately there’s no ‘one size fits all’ answer to this question, but there are some definite patterns. I know when your baby is up yet again partying at 3am, or your toddler is having

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The Great Jacket Fiasco [Video]

I thought I’d share this little diddy from when Sammy was about 3 years old. I was trying to get him into the routine of hanging his jacket up on his hook every time we came in from being outside.

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A Grandparents Guide: 5 Major Problems, 5 Solutions

Babies and grandparents. Usually a packaged deal. Sometimes that package is AWESOME. Sometimes…not so much. I’ve divided these Grandparent Packages into five personality types. Use them to steer

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Ages and Stages of the Fussy Baby

When Sammy was a baby, I would have given anything to have an idea of what to expect as each month (and even week) passed. Something to give me hope that things WOULD get easier. Or if they weren’t

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The 9 Causes of Colic, Fussiness, High Need Behaviour and the Spirited Temperament

*Please note: This entire post is TONGUE IN CHEEK. I figured I better state that up front before I receive any more hate mail 😉 Great news! Having run The Fussy Baby Site for 5 years, I’ve had

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The Green Eyed Monster

I had two disagreeable newborns. Neither were the kind of babies who could nap anywhere or go anywhere or be amenable to whatever situation they found themselves in. They hated the car, they hated being

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Q & A with Mary Sheedy Kurcinka

Have you ever wondered how you’re supposed to react during your toddler’s temper tantrums? Or what about what to do when your baby or toddler consistently wakes up SUPER early in the morning?

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The Wheel of Choice

Who doesn’t need another tool in their arsenal of anti-tantrum strategies? I recently came across the idea of the Wheel of Choice. It comes from the positive discipline model of parenting, and helps

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