Monday, October 31, 2011
There is nothing cuter than a pudgy baby tummy; unless you're One Sassy Doctor (me) and also like to snuggle baby toes. Back to tummy time! Tummy time is a challenging yet critically important part of baby play and development. Although we always hear how important tummy time is from a “doctor advice” angle, it’s not “Should I do it?” but “How do I do it?” that most parents struggle with. This first blog post on tummy time will explore why tummy time is so important. Next week, I’ll give you some pointers on how to get started!
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Having experienced my own children being bitten—and also biting others—I consider myself a mommy/doctor biting control pro!
Why do kids bite, and how should adults respond?
Biting is a way for a child to express frustration, anger and loss of control. It is a normal part of social development, although not an acceptable part. There are certain behaviors that parents, teachers and caregivers should simply ignore and let children work out for themselves. Biting is not one of them.
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Have you ever felt like your own body and mind come last on the list of priorities? Who can even think about popping in a yoga video when you are covered in poop, the phone is ringing, and your chicken is burning in the oven! Trust me, this One Sassy Doctor is the furthest thing on the planet from a “zen” momma. (Just ask my husband!) However, over the past eight years of being a multi-tasking mother, I have developed four simple tips that I live by and want to share with you:
Thursday, October 20, 2011
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
It’s only October and we’re already planning for Thanksgiving and the rest of the holidays coming up! Ahhhh!
Thursday, October 13, 2011
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Last week, we discussed why exposure to language is so critical to a baby’s language development. Now we’re going to explore the ways to do it!
There are so many wonderful ways to expose your baby to language during the early stages of development! Here are some ideas:
Thursday, October 6, 2011
The “terrible twos” may arrive before the second birthday! Parents of toddlers often ask for my tips on how to handle public outbursts with really young kids. Here are Dr. Jen’s tips on discipline—for pre-two-terrible-twos!
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
Language development in babies is one of the most magical parts of parenting. Many parents remember the first word and first sentence. Honestly, with two sets of twins, I can barely remember my keys in the morning! But, the first words are impressed in my mind forever—cookie, dada, paci, ball, my four pookies’ first words.
Talking to children (or singing if you have a stellar voice like I do) is one of the most important parts of language progression. In this post, we are going to explore WHY talking to babies is so important.