Ages & Stages

Keeping up with our kiddos during each stage of childhood.

If there is one thing I have learned about myself as a mom, it’s that I don't like messy play. Honestly, the thought of letting my kid play in mud makes me want to cry. I prefer a mess-free,...
You’re the parent of a four-year-old or soon-to-be four-year-old. First, you wonder where the time went. Then, you start thinking about where to send your child to school. Choosing the right school for your family can be overwhelming, and...
I have been a social worker for almost nine years now. I have worked many jobs and have experienced some amazing things during my short career. It has been an honor to look back on my life. I see...
Does texting replace face-to-face conversations? Of course not, but please hear me out. I work full-time outside the home. While I love my job, working is a necessity for my family. I have a lot of guilt associated with working...
I recently read a forum for parents of toddlers, where they were debating the right time to transition from a crib to a bed. As I was reading through the comments, I realized how unconventional our sleeping arrangements are....
I have two older bonus daughters, currently sixteen and eighteen, whom I met when they were thirteen and fifteen. Given their age when we first connected, I've adopted a somewhat hands-off approach to parenting. I let them know that...
I recently graduated with my master's degree in Clinical Mental Health. During my practicum and internships, I had the privilege of working with teen clients. For several years prior, I was a volunteer mentor for at-risk teens and worked...
Toddler parenting is a constant challenge. Whether it's getting them to eat, getting them dressed, or keeping them entertained for more than five minutes, it never seems to end! Over the past six months, I have tried countless activities with...
As the parent of a preschooler, I constantly wonder if I'm doing the right thing. Especially when it comes to her social-emotional growth. I want her to be able to handle her emotions and interact well with others. Psychologist Erik...
As the mom of five children, I have been involved in multiple sports and activities. Hands down, youth football was the best sport we were ever involved in. Three of my sons played youth football from elementary school up...
A while back, my son (about five months old at the time) and I met a lovely woman on an elevator. He smiled brightly at her, and she struck up a conversation about babies and motherhood. She was really...
The teenage years are the worst. No, seriously, they are pretty bad. Maybe not as bad as stepping on a Lego, but darn close. Of course, I can't speak for all teenagers, but let me share how I came...
I am not the best with dates, but July 27th is the day that I decided to quit breastfeeding. Enough was enough. I had every excuse in the book. Enough with the two hours to try and get my...
Body safety for children encompasses many things, but let’s discuss how we can effectively have conversations with our children about “safe” and “unsafe” touch/behavior. As I sit here and begin to write this article about body safety, I am filled...

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