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  • Alone Time

    Alone Time

    By Alison Cupp-Relyea Summer. It was supposed to be a season to relax and enjoy more free time, right? This is often not the case for parents of young children, and many of us enter September needing a break for ourselves after two months of constantly changing schedules, travel plans, family visits and longer days. Unfortunately, with back-to-school responsibilities, it is even harder to get time alone! This fall, be sure to put time for yourself back on the calendar. If this sounds like a foreign concept and utterly indulgent, chances are you are one of those new parents who...

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  • Back To School: Making the Most of a New School Year

    Back To School: Making the Most of a New School Year

    By Alison Cupp Relyea     Regardless of the age of your child or children, September marks a time of transition for all of us. The long days of summer are coming to an end, along with family trips and other adventures, and we return to a more consistent routine. Even if your children are not yet in school, September probably feels like a time of change and renewal. For all of us, this is the ideal moment to pause and set goals for the year ahead, for us and our children. We suggest having a family meeting with your partner...

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  • 5 Tips To Introducing New Foods To Your Child

    5 Tips To Introducing New Foods To Your Child

    By Alison Cupp Relyea    In the first year or two, our pediatricians instruct us through the transition to solid foods, and introducing new foods is rather straightforward. Many parents delight in their children’s reactions to new textures and flavors, and come to an early conclusion that their child is an adventurous, or at least curious, eater. Suddenly, the toddler years arrive and many children use food as a way to exert control. They suddenly refuse foods that they liked the previous week, and insist that food look a certain way or they will not try it. This is a...

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  • Nighttime Visitors: What to Do?

    Nighttime Visitors: What to Do?

      By Alison Cupp Relyea   At every turn of parenting, there are changes that can interrupt your child’s sleep: teething, transition to a bed, nightmares and potty training are just a few things that can lead to nighttime visitors for you! Sleep, that precious thing you worked for long months in the newborn phase to encourage and protect, can suddenly be an issue again. Recognizing the source of the problem, and preparing yourself to deal with it, is the best way to get everyone back to sleep quickly  Nightmares can start around age two, probably near the time that you...

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  • Calm in a Storm: How to Address Tantrums

    Calm in a Storm: How to Address Tantrums

    By Alison Cupp Relyea  As a mother of three young children, I have seen my share of tantrums. In the early years, I heard the advice about staying calm and trying to ignore the fury of a screaming toddler, but I didn’t fully listen. I found myself engaging in these battles all too often. My third child benefits from years of practice and from the reality that I no longer have the time to give his tantrums any attention. When he kicks and screams out of sheer frustration, my blood pressure – and my tone of voice - do not...

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  • For Father’s Day

    For Father’s Day

    By Alison Cupp Relyea     Father’s Day is quickly approaching, and as you think about how to celebrate, consider the traits that set your husband apart, and the unique gifts he brings to your family. Father’s Day is a perfect opportunity to pause time and see your family in the present, while honoring the person you chose to join you on this journey years ago. Gifts that capture who your husband is as a person and his special role in your family can speak volumes about what he means to you.  Five ways to make your Father’s Day a...

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