Fine-motor skills

The Best Toys and Tool for Fine-Motor Skills Development

February 16, 2019, Author: Tamra Cater

This post contains affiliate links, so if you click on the link, we may earn a small commission at no cost to you. Fine motor skills are “skills that employ the small muscles used in manipulation, such as those in the fingers” (Rathus, 2017). Fine motor skills allow a child to dress themselves, stack blocks, […]

Parenting Books

Best Parenting Books for Enhancing Development

February 12, 2019, Author: Tamra Cater

This post contains affiliate links, so if you click on the link, we may earn a small commission at no cost to you. There are lots of parenting books out there, so it can be hard to choose which one is best for your needs, as well as for enhancing development. I have a created […]

Infant Sleep

Guide to Safe Sleeping for Infants: How to Prevent SIDS

February 10, 2019, Author: Tamra Cater

This post may contain affiliate links and we may earn compensation when you click on the links at no additional cost to you.    According to the Mayo Clinic, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) “is the unexplained death, usually during sleep of a seemingly healthy baby less than one-year-old.” In order to reduce the number […]

Tantrums

Simple Strategies for Taming Tantrums

February 7, 2019, Author: Tamra Cater

Toddlers are at a time in their life when they experience big emotions, but they do not yet know how to manage them. This comes with time, experience, and support/guidance from others. And sometimes, the causes of tantrums may seem ridiculous to us. For example, my daughter had a full blown tantrum, because Rubble, the […]

Shyness, Sports participation

The Positive Impact of Sports for Shy Children

February 4, 2019, Author: Tamra Cater

I was always shy as a child, and I still am as an adult. However, there was one thing that truly helped my shyness and self-esteem, and it was participating in sports. For example, I participated in gymnastics and swimming. This helped increase my overall self-esteem, my social anxiety, my perceptions of my appearance, and […]

Postpartum period

Things I Wish I Knew After Having a Baby: Coping with the Changes

February 2, 2019, Author: Tamra Cater

This post may contain affiliate links and we may earn compensation when you click on the links at no additional cost to you.  It was almost scary to leave the sanctuary of the hospital, as I was a first time mom and didn’t know what I was doing. I couldn’t keep a plant alive, so […]

Infant feeding

Choosing between Breastfeeding and Bottle feeding

January 29, 2019, Author: Tamra Cater

This post contains affiliate links, so if you click on the link, we may earn a small commission at no cost to you. Before my daughter was born, I knew I wanted to breastfeed. I wasn’t sure how often or how much, but I felt as if I needed to because of the health benefits […]

Listening

The Secret to Getting Your Kids to Listen

January 27, 2019, Author: Tamra Cater

My daughter went through this stage where she would purposefully not listen. For instance, I could tell when she was about to go do something she knew she wasn’t supposed to do such as climb the bookshelf. She’d slowly walk over to it and glance back to see if I was looking. I would tell […]

Nightmares

Fight Against Nighttime Monsters: How to Help Children Cope with Nightmares

January 24, 2019, Author: Tamra Cater

  My daughter had a nightmare a few weeks ago that resulted in her walking up screaming for me. When I heard her scream, it sounded like she was in pain or sick. When I walked into her room, however, she would say, “Spiders!” and “It hurts!” She then picked up her pillow, and pointed […]

Crying

How to Calm a Crying Baby

January 21, 2019, Author: Tamra Cater

This post may contain affiliate links and we may earn compensation when you click on the links at no additional cost to you.  As a new parent, I can remember struggling to figure out how to calm my crying baby. Case in point: I can remember driving down the road at 5 am weary eyed […]