Weaning with Wisdom

by Dana Smith Bader
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When my eldest daughter was ready for weaning, the process of introducing her to solid foods, I had no idea what to do, I started too early, and I made an absolute mess of the process. In fact, I’m convinced that mistakes I made in the weaning process impacted her early eating habits and even affected how she ate as a toddler and later as a teen.

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To Compete or Not to Compete?

by Dana Smith Bader
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 We can all agree that sports, or at least exercise, is good for our kids. Making sure children have a dedicated time when they are active, exercising, and, preferably, enjoying being outdoors is essential to keeping them healthy. By taking part in weekly sports classes or team sports children can be active with expert coaching to ensure they are engaging in the right kind of exercise for their age group. They can even develop essential social skills by regularly interacting with their teammates. However, the one drawback is whether or not they can deal with the competition. To compete or not to compete, really is the question.

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Learning Language by Age and Stage

by Dana Bader Smith
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Language is essential for building relationships, expressing our needs and wants, verbalizing our feelings, helping us to learn, and for sharing knowledge. As a result, parents and educators alike put a lot of emphasis on learning language. Parents often worry when their children are young that their speech is delayed or that their children will not be able to speak properly, but most often, parents just do not understand the stages of learning language or the language milestones for each age.

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