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A Salute to the LEGO Brick

A Salute to the LEGO Brick
I once had a formal living room. Mind you, it wasn’t overly spectacular but it was mine and it was complete with basic living room necessities: warm lighting, a coffee table, and a comfy couch.  I had an L-shaped couch and I just loved wedging myself into the corner.  For years, it was that very corner that helped me start the day.  As a not [...]

The Art of Parenting

The Art of Parenting
  We all have our own preconceived notions about what it means to be a “good parent”.  Although there are some definitive dos and don’ts when it comes to parenting, being a “good parent” is less about getting everything right and more about creating a “good fit” with your child.  Achieving “goodness of fit” with your child is much like [...]

Exploring The Decision: Breast or Bot...

Exploring The Decision: Breast or Bottle
When it comes to the art and science of raising children, there is no shortage of controversy and debate. When a baby is born, one of the most immediate needs the baby has is nutrition. Therefore, new mothers must make the immensely personal decision whether or not to breastfeed their infant. Today, we want to weigh in on the topic of breast [...]

Love Me Tender

Love Me Tender
As we create each post for Perspectives4Parents, we make our way through a diligent writing and editing process. As we near completion of the writing, we begin the hunt for an image that will serve as a visual representation of our thoughts.  That is not at all what happened with this post. We stumbled upon the image for this post many month [...]

Hawk Eyes, Bat Ears, and the Nose of ...

Hawk Eyes, Bat Ears, and the Nose of a Bloodhound: Infant Sensory Development
There is nothing more satisfying than to see the blooming self-confidence of a child.  So, I couldn’t help but smile when, at the age of 6, my son proclaimed during a leisurely bike ride that he had “hawk eyes, bat ears, and the nose of a bloodhound”.  I appreciated his positive energy and spirit, as well as, the creative spark he ignited in [...]

Early Language Development: A Journey...

Early Language Development: A Journey From Sounds To Words
Becoming an effective communicator begins in infancy.  Babies are hard wired from birth to connect with their caregivers and participate in the reciprocal interaction of communication.  Newborns in alert states respond verbally to language.  When given the opportunity, babies use early sounds to “talk back”. Birth to three years old is consi [...]

ThinkOne: Revolutionize Your Relation...

ThinkOne: Revolutionize Your Relationship with Food
Food. A simple word, but a complex notion. In its’ entirety, food conjures up a variety of attitudes and emotions. For some, food is sheer delight. For some, food is a mere necessity. And, for some, food is a persistent nemesis. Regardless of your relationship with food, I want to present to you a mindset that promotes two things our childre [...]

Back To Sleep: The Rest of the Story

Back To Sleep: The Rest of the Story
The Safe to Sleep Public Education Campaign was first implemented in 1994 as the Back to Sleep campaign.  It has been remarkably successful over the past two decades in decreasing the incidence of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).  When it comes to children, and especially infants, it must always be safety first and foremost.  That said, [...]

The Fear Not Santa Clause

The Fear Not Santa Clause
For many children around the world, December will bring a magical visit from none other than Santa Claus.  If you are the parent of a child whose holiday celebration includes a visit from Santa, it is important to consider the visit through a child’s eyes.  Let me set the stage. On a much anticipated cold winter’s night, a large man with a sn [...]

What now? Promoting Infant Developmen...

What now? Promoting Infant Development
Quite some time ago, my final clinical affiliation as a student physical therapist included many hours in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) of a pediatric hospital. The hours I spent working in the NICU were unlike any other experiences I have had as a physical therapist.  Although my career path has not taken me back to the NICU, I wil [...]