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Car Seat Concerns?

Babies don’t come with an instruction manual—but car seats sure do, and even then, we, as parents, still question whether we are using the right type of car seat (infant seat, convertible car seat, booster, high-back booster?) and installing it correctly (rear-facing, forward-facing, back seat, front seat?). If you too have had these questions, you …

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Social Support Reduces Risk of Isolation

Families socializing and having fun in the Children’s Play Room at Parenting Now. Between feedings, diaper changes, holding, swaying, and rocking, it can be easy to get caught up in the demands of parenthood—leaving little time to attend to your own individual needs. It’s not uncommon for new parents to feel sad, anxious, overwhelmed, or …

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Supporting Your Child’s Re-Entry To School

After a year-plus of distance learning, Lane County children are re-entering the classroom. For some, it’s their first time away from home. Whether your child is entering kindergarten for the first time or going into elementary school, children of all ages are likely to experience separation anxiety from their caregivers as they transition into a …

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Bending The Truth: Why Kids Lie and How to Respond

Children, of all ages, lie for a variety of reasons. In fact, it is so common that a study from the University of Waterloo found that 96 percent of young children lie at some point.  Children are trying to figure out how to act in the world, the difference between real and pretend, and how …

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Picking a Pediatrician: Where to start and what to ask

Being pregnant can be such an exciting time. There’s baby clothes to pick out, potential baby names to gush over, and lots of decisions to make, including who your child’s pediatrician will be. But where do you start? And how do you know if a pediatrician is the right fit for your family? Pediatrician Anita …

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Grow Your Social Support Network to Reduce Isolation

Along with all the joys and precious moments with your little one, parenting a new baby can be lonely work. Especially as a new parent – you are adapting to a lot! There are long days of seemingly endless feedings and diaper changes, rocking and swaying, swaddling and then re-swaddling—and, ironically, you are never really …

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The Power of Positive Attention

Everyone at every age can thrive on positive attention! It feels good when someone focuses his or her full attention – in a good way – on you. Children, especially, need that attention in order to grow emotionally, develop their self-esteem, confidence, and a positive sense of identity. But as parents, we get busy and …

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Team Parenting After a Separation

Team parenting is about having a shared approach to parenting, even when the parents don’t live together. It includes having similar approaches to everything from bedtime to how to handle discipline, and supporting one another in those choices. Team parenting can make the daily challenges of parenting so much easier, by helping your child understand …

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Surviving Summer Pregnancy

When you’re pregnant, it doesn’t take much time in the sun to feel overheated, but there are some things you can do to stay cool (or at least comfortable) during the summer months as the temperatures start to spike.  Did someone turn up the thermostat? No, it’s not an illusion. Your internal body temperature is …

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Survival Tips for Summer Parenting

Summer is a busy time for parents. There’s swimming, camps, sleepovers, picnics, playgrounds—not to mention the everyday chores like laundry that need tending to. It can be hard to manage it all in one day! So what can parents do to juggle the demands of parenting, while still finding balance in their day and keeping their sanity? …

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