Preventing After School Meltdowns

Jenna is a kindergartener who loves school.  She enthusiastically goes each day and is one of the more engaged students in the class.  By all accounts, her first month of kindergarten has been a huge success and her parents are relieved and happy that all is well at school. But once Jenna gets home, thingsRead more

Does Your Child Have Trouble Letting Things Go?

Can your child bounce back after something disappointing or upsetting happens?  Is he able to solve problems rationally?  Does he know the difference between a “big deal” and a “little deal”?  Lots of kids struggle with letting things go after a set-back.  Everything seems like a big deal, which can be overwhelming. Kids are stillRead more

Weighted Blankets – What’s Best For My Child?

What should be a simple question is, unfortunately, mostly misunderstood in both the medical and occupational therapy industries. The most common advice given to parents is to get a blanket which weighs 10% of the child’s weight plus one or two pounds and while this isn’t “bad” advice it is a bit too vague toRead more

Why Watching the Sad Part of the Movie is OK

Disney movies are a hallmark of childhood.  I loved them and my boys did too.  But I always wondered why Disney chooses to kill off parents in seemingly every single movie. Bambi (mother shot), The Fox and the Hound (mother shot), Jungle Book (mother killed by tiger), Tarzan (mother killed by leopard), The Hunchback ofRead more

This Book Could Spell Success For Your Fearful Preschooler

Children in between the ages of 4-8 are learning and growing everyday.  Not only are they beginning to develop academic skill such as reading and math, but they are also figuring out life.  Books are powerful teaching tools.   While many deal with concepts such as letters, numbers and colors, few cover topics such asRead more

When It Comes to Potty Training, Your Child Wants The Facts.

Potty training can come with its fair share of challenges.  If you are among the 1% of parents whose child potty trained effortlessly, good for you.  For the rest of us, potty training entails a hodgepodge of  treats, bribes, triumphs, and frustrations.  For many children, the “value add” just isn’t there.  Why would they useRead more

Night Terrors? Try The Lully Sleep Guardian

Night terrors.  If you’ve never experienced them, you may think they are no big deal, similar to a bad dream.  But if you are one of the many parents who have a toddler with night terrors, you understand why they are called “night terrors” because your child is out of their mind, inconsolable, and completelyRead more

Fun Social Emotional Videos (Volume One)

If you are like most parents, you have a certain “reliance” on YouTube.  Perhaps its when you are waiting on a prescription at the drugstore and your child is restlessly taking magazines off of the shelf.  Perhaps its when you are trying to get dinner on the table.  Perhaps its waiting on a flight atRead more

Help! My Toddler is Obsessed…

Dear Fledglingkids, A few months ago, I noticed my toddler becoming very fixated on the characters from the movie Planes.  Dusty and Skipper are the only thing he wants to play with, Planes is the only book he wants to read, and, of course, Planes is the only movie he will watch.  We are goingRead more

Preparing Your Child For An X-Ray.

Having a young child undergo a medical procedure is a stressful experience for children and parents alike.  One of the best ways to support your child is to prepare them for the experience ahead of time.  Preparing children for experiences lessens anxiety and increases coping skills. An x-ray takes a picture of the inside ofRead more