When Your Toddler’s Favorite Word is “No!”

When toddlers declare "no!" over and over, it is a sign of age-appropriate emerging independence. As children ages 18- to 24-months realize they are their own person, they have a rapidly growing experience of needing to test this out and feel their power. This is the first step on a long evolutionary path ahead of them; a path of independence and personal power. (Just wait until the teen years!) Have you noticed -- "no" is a very powerful word? And…

TV Alternatives for Children under Two

While letting a child watch TV may seem to be an easy way to free up a little time for mom and dad, a recent policy statement released from the American Academy of Pediatrics says that there are no benefits associated with children under the age of 2 watching television. In fact, there is evidence suggesting that it actually interferes with normal development. Primrose School of Legacy Owner and pediatrician Dr. Laura Jana was recently interviewed by CBS Evening News…

A Few Tips on Potty Training from Moms Who’ve Been There

 The setting… a bright, cheery grocery store promising yummy goodies and household necessities! Then just as you’re perusing the latest selection in organic milk you hear, “Mom-m-e-e-e! I have to go pee-pee… NOW!” While moments like these have all the makings of a great television sit-com, this scene could have been taken from any number of parents’ potty-training anecdotes. Reaching the decision to potty train your child is the easy part. The tougher part is tackling the process so the…

Toddler Talk: Developing Language Skills

“My grandma is the bestest grandma. She swimmed with us in the pool.” Last year in honor of National Grammar Day, we asked our Facebook fans to share some phrases they’ve heard from their children that weren’t so grammatically correct. Some wondered where their children had ever picked up some of the things they had heard them say. They knew their children weren’t repeating anything they had ever said. Learning language is a creative process -- not an imitative one.…
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