17 Feb · Linda Searles · No Comments

ATTENTION (positive and negative)

When you think your child’s behavior might be a problem, you have 3 choices: Decide that the behavior is not a problem because it’s appropriate to the child’s age and stage of development. Attempt to stop the behavior, either by ignoring it or by punishing it. Introduce a new behavior that you prefer and reinforce …


17 Feb · Linda Searles · No Comments

Do Toddlers Have Friends?

1 – 2 year olds Research conducted in the past five years has changed the way experts view child-to-child interaction. It was believed, in the past, that very you children play only side-by side with very little interaction. Social interaction for kids 1 – 2 years is fun time to socially interact as well as …


27 Jan · Linda Searles · No Comments

Language Milestones

Language milestones mark various stages of language development. They are small constant successes.  In addition to being able to make sounds and words, your baby also needs to be able to hear and understand. Most children speak their first work between 10 to 14 months of age. They may say “ma ma” or “da da” …


1 Dec · Linda Searles · No Comments

Vitamins for Toddlers? Good or Bad?

A varied diet is the key to a healthy toddler!   The diet includes three meals a day, one to three snacks of healthy whole foods. Offer four servings a day of fruits and vegetables, especially dark green  and orange ones. Three servings of grain products, one serving of meat or a meat alternative day …


10 Nov · Linda Searles · No Comments

How to Enjoy the Holidays with Your Toddler

Accept and understand your child’s temperament. Some children are born with easy temperaments while others are born with not so easy temperaments and show stress right from the start. Some of their challenging behaviors may include—increased crying, tantrums, clinging and even excessive energy. Being turned on to your children’s temperament helps you organize your children’s …


23 Jul · Linda Searles · No Comments

Pediatric Sunburn

What is sunburn? Sunburn is a viable reaction of the skin’s exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation, the invisible rays that are part of sunlight. Ultraviolet rays can also cause invisible damage to the skin.Exposure to the sun during daily activities and play causes the most sun damaged. Overexposure to suinlight before age 18 8s most …


21 Jul · Linda Searles · No Comments

Department of Mental Health Masking Recommendations for Child Care: COVID-19

Updated 6/30/21 “Child care settings will continue to have both vaccinated and unvaccinated people as there is not a vaccine approved for children under 12 years of age available yet. For this reason, it is strongly recommended that child care settings continue prevention measures, including use of face coverings and physical distancing, even after staff …


14 Jun · Linda Searles · No Comments

11 Signs Your Baby Will Be A Genius

A genius child is a rare occurrence so ideally you want to recognize these signs early. The Obvious Mile stones:  Beginning to read, walk and talk early. You can tell if you observe your infant interacting with other children around the same age. They will talk baby talk and may try expansive muscle movements like …


24 May · Linda Searles · No Comments

8 Signs Your Child is Smarter than Average

    When it comes to intellectually gifted children, it’s common that they begin showing signs very early on. But that is not the only factor. Much of how they act is tied to birth order or is family related.  Smart doesn’t necessarily mean successful, and science tells us that parental influence is much more …


23 Feb · Linda Searles · No Comments

The Effects of Television on Learning to Speak

TV is linked with slower language acquisition because TV time tends to displace conversation time between babies and adults. When it comes to learning speech, nothing beats a live conversation with your child.  Research suggests that conversation, not listening to stories or watching TV, has the strongest positive effect on early language development. By contrast, …