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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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Taking Your High Need Child to a Playgroup

Because my family recently moved into a new community, I have been finding meet-ups and playgroups for moms and little ones.  It’s one of the few chances I have to make friends, and let me tell you,

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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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Why It’s Not “Just” Colic or Fussiness

I loved Sophie’s last post on how parents of fussy, colicky or high need kids are part of an exclusive club. Without having thought of it in those terms before, that’s exactly what it’s like: The

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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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Travelling with a Colicky or Spirited Child

We’ve been on vacation in Florida now for about 2 weeks, which is why I haven’t posted lately. (By the way, to any American readers, I am very jealous that you have Florida. Thank you for sharing it

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The Spirited Child: Living with No Filters

For Chloe, the world has no off switch and no tuner. In my last post I talked about perceptiveness. It’s one of the most impressive traits of a spirited child. They don’t miss anything, and it can

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