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Starting Your Baby on Solid Foods: Questions and Answers

Starting your baby on solid foods is an exciting milestone that can be fun and messy and, like most new things in parenting, comes with lots of questions. Here are some common questions and answers to help your baby get off to a healthy start with solids. 

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When Your Child Fails

Your son tried out for the junior high basketball team and didn’t make it. Your daughter wanted a part in her school play, but wasn’t chosen. Your youngest child failed an important math test. What is your response when your child goes through disappointments and outright failures? Perhaps a better question to ask is: What can you teach your children through the inevitable disappointments and failures of life?

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Bye Bye Binky! Weaning Your Child From the Pacifier

Pacifier weaning is often dreaded by parents; however, there are some gentle tips to slowly but surely wean your child from their pacifier. Unless there is a specific reason you must take away your child’s pacifier quickly, then it is best to take a gradual approach. When you are ready to start weaning, follow these tips.

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Encouraging Bravery in Your Preschooler

For three- and four-year-olds beginning to step out into the world from the safety of a parent’s arms, there can be much to fear, whether it be a bump in the night or walking into a new classroom. Bravery is a trait that can be developed and as a parent, there are things you can do for your child to equip them to live more courageously. According to Psychology Today, courage is "feeling fear, yet choosing to act." Let your child know that it’s okay to feel afraid. Then explain that learning bravery is about trying not to allow fear to make decisions forth.

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