Author: Deborah Springer

What Your Preschooler Really Needs for Christmas

My “baby” is now 20-years-old. I consider myself to be a fairly good gift-giver, but his 20th birthday had me stumped. He is living in an apartment at college, semi-independent, cooking his own food and cleaning his own bathroom. He doesn’t need “things” from me, and he is hesitant to ask us to spend money on him because, well, college is expensive. So, I asked him what he wanted for his birthday. (A question I rarely ask anyone because it takes away the surprise element.) I should not have been surprised when he said, “Mom, just plan something for...

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How to Coach Friendship in the Preschool Years

Making friends and keeping them are important life skills. Just like learning to walk, talk, self-feed, and potty-train, there are steps that babies, toddlers, and preschoolers will master as they learn the skill of making and keeping friends. It takes a long time to learn these skills. I mean think about, we’re still developing them well into adulthood. Just like learning to walk and talk, preschoolers can learn to master friendship skills. Click To Tweet So, what do these skills look like as your baby/toddler/preschooler develops into a social being? Here are some thoughts to consider: Baby friendships When...

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Does My Child Measure Up? A Milestone Comparison Trap

Google “developmental milestones” and you may be surprised to see 1.5 million results. Are there that many milestones in the 18-year lifespan of a child from birth until they graduate from high school? No, definitely not. 1.5 million results tells us that common milestones happen at different times, on a different “schedule” for every single child. No need to panic if your baby does not automatically become a walking toddler by that first birthday celebration. Your three-year-old who refuses to potty-train will jump that hurdle before she leaves home for college. And, your five-year-old who still can’t master zippers...

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