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Tales For Tots & Tips for Parents

From local stories to fun activities, to inspire you and your toddlers creativity.

Outdoor Play

The Benefits of Outdoor Play

Kids are naturally drawn to playing outside and there are numerous benefits of outdoor play: it allows them to explore their environment, develop muscle strength and coordination, and gain self-confidence. Playing actively outdoors also increases flexibility, fine and gross motor skills, and is related to the development of a wide variety of physical skills, including those...
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Parenting Lies

5 lies I seriously believed when I first became a mom

5 lies I seriously believed when I first became a mom Let’s be honest— the first few weeks and months of your baby’s life can be the worst. We all know it’s true, but for some reason, many moms downplay this in order to play up the beauty of the newborn. Yes, it’s magical when...
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Baby Milestones

Baby Speech Developmental Milestones

A stage-by-stage guide to your baby’s language development. Talking is one of the biggest milestones there is, and the latest research suggests there’s a lot you can do to help your child become a master chatter. Months before my daughter Ella spat out her first official word (“bath!”), she was a Chatty Cathy in terms...
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How to calmly respond when other adults break your parenting rules

Guiding children to follow rules requires awareness, understanding, patience and, let’s be honest, a little creativity. You work so hard to create a set of rules that work for your child and your family—and then another adult (a grandparent, aunt or a friend) breaks those rules. The behaviors of others can cause frustration and even...
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happy parenting

Want to be a happy parent? Let go of these 15 things to find joy

Because parenthood is challenging, we can sometimes forget how to just be happy in the midst of it all. So I invite you to consider which of these 15 things keeps you from happy parenting. My advice? Let them go. When a baby is born, a parent is born Allow yourself to be a happy...
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toddler to stay asleep

How to help your toddler go to sleep + stay asleep (so you can get rest, too)

How to help your toddler go to sleep + stay asleep (so you can get rest, too) If you are parenting a toddler, you are my hero. From potty training to tantrum managing, and learning your child’s little personality, life is nothing short of an adventure. You might be enjoying sleep as a part of...
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child not listening

20 phrases to use when your child isn’t listening

Our children are often the best mirrors. Over time, I have gracefully taken a step back and realized I needed to clean up my communication. I replaced my judgmental, negative, threatening tone with a neutral, problem solving, empathetic, encouraging one (this took TONS of practice, and I’m still a work in progress) and my little...
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Baby Sleep

Tired new mama: Accept the help

I get it. I get that a lifetime of being an overachiever to suddenly not isn’t so simple a metamorphosis. You will always be that little girl in the front row, waving her hand for the 13th time that day because you have the right answer and you figured it out yourself. You will always...
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February babies

6 reasons February babies are special, according to science

Mamas expecting babies this month are a special bunch—and not just because it’s statistically unique to have a birthday during the shortest month of the year. Science shows babies born in February already have advantages with everything from physical growth to creativity to even presidential elections. (It’s no coincidence that President’s Day is this month!)...
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