Most children go through a period of picky eating once they start to become more mobile. This stage of selective eating is thought to have evolved as a mechanism to keep children safe as they explore their surroundings and gain more distance from caretakers who previously handpicked all food. Many children naturally outgrow this stage […]
Picky Eater or Selective Eating Disorder? How to tell the difference in children and what to do to help.
I thought I had a good grasp on parenting before we adopted our cat, Tardis. The boys love Tardis and Tardis loves the boys in return. Which turned out to be a bit of a problem because Tardis always wanted to be around the boys and play with them and would keep […]
I’ve been blessed a large, amazing family. One of those amazing members is my dad’s youngest brother, Joe. Joe’s had an interesting life with a lot of unique experiences from spending time hitch hiking around, to living in a yurt in the Oregon forest, to raising 3 children in a beautiful college town. I’ve learned […]
What can I do now at home to help prevent or treat developmental delays? -A Guide for Concerned Parents Part 3
This is part three of “I Think my Baby has Autism. -A Guide for Concerned Parents”. The first part, What are the early warning signs of autism? How can I tell the difference between a sign of autism and normal behavior? covers the early warning signs of autism for infants and toddlers and discusses what developmental delays […]
This is part two of “I Think my Baby has Autism. -A Guide for Concerned Parents”. The first part, What are the early warning signs of autism? How can I tell the difference between a sign of autism and normal behavior? covers the early warning signs of autism for infants and toddlers and discusses what […]
Ever since I started speaking about my son’s autism diagnosis at 17 months, I’ve had a lot of friends and strangers approach me with concerns about their own children. Even though study after study shows the importance of starting therapy as soon as possible for autistic children, most aren’t diagnosed until after 4 years of age, […]
Updated Nov 21st, 2015. Affiliate links added for shopping ease. Toddlers are well-known for their tantrums. It’s one of the most common questions I’ve seen posted on parenting message boards, yet the advice on how to deal with tantrums is nearly as mixed as the advice on baby sleep: “Don’t give in to the tantrum.” […]
The problem with articles on autism risks and how to evaluate studies. Or why circumcision is unlikely to increase rates of autism.
It seems like every month, articles pop up all over the internet blaming something else for causing autism. To the average person, it looks as though scientists have no idea what they are doing and are just throwing out darts to see what sticks. It’s hard for the average person to have faith in science […]
This excellent article, Stop The Hyperbole When It Comes To Breastfeeding encompasses many of my beliefs in regards to breastfeeding. My son, Alden, was born unable to suckle, even from a bottle, and I chose to supplement with formula and donated milk until I could make enough on my own. It required a lot of […]
Stop telling worried parents that Einstein didn’t talk until 4 and start giving them practical advice.
On parenting message boards, facebook groups, and elsewhere online, I see posts by parents concerned about the development of their children and, at one time, I was making those posts. Even in groups populated by well-educated, well-informed parents, it is quite common for these concerned to be brushed off as parental worry. I’ve seen and […]