Holiday Shopping With Kids – keep it real and unplugged

I’ll admit it...this time of year, I’m a cybershopper. I have mixed feelings about this, actually. “Back in the day”, I used to love the thrill of the hunt. Shopping for the perfect gift was fun and added a special touch to the holiday season. With Black Friday now happening on Thanksgiving Thursday, and shopping chaos erupting into fist fights, it’s just not worth it any more. So, a cybershopper … [Read more...]

Stubborn Toddler Poops Part I: The Behavioral Side

Two issues that often cause a great deal of frustration when potty training toddlers are poop and preschool pressure. I received this question from a grandparent a while back that well captures both issues. Q) Hi: We have been trying to potty train our 3 1/2 granddaughter.  She does pretty well with the pee, but bowel movements have not been successful. She says “the poopy doesn't … [Read more...]

New AAP Car Seat Guidelines Explained

Do the new American Academy of Pediatrics car seat guidelines seem confusing to you? Changes in old practices can be overwhelming but these changes are really not so daunting when you take a step back and think about them for a few minutes. To help clear the waters of confusion, I went on zyvox this morning and talked about the guidelines and what they mean to your family:   For more … [Read more...]

Pull-Ups Potty Training Dance adds fun to an age-old process!

When my girls were toddlers, a friend of mine leant us a video tape that she swore was the secret to potty training. "It's like magic", she told us. "It's in the me!" A song, really? I was convinced she needed a girls' night out and a break from diapers, Elmo and Barney! One viewing with my toddler, though, I realized she was onto something...a song really can make all the difference … [Read more...]