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  • Less Is More

    Less Is More

    By Alison Cupp Relyea   If there is one lesson many of us learned from the holidays, it is that often less is more. This applies to childrearing more than almost any other area of our lives, and as it is a popular New Year’s Resolution, I decided to look at a few ways this mantra can shape our parenting.  When it comes to gear, toys and clothing for young ones, you will be a happier, more organized parent from the early days if you adopt this philosophy. It is a hard thing to do, particularly with the clothes, which...

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  • Keep the Colds Away This Winter

    Keep the Colds Away This Winter

    By Alison Cupp Relyea Now that winter is upon us, many of us have had the first round of colds or other illnesses come through the house. Getting sick is uncomfortable, but it can also be a huge inconvenience as you cancel plans, miss days at work and do extra laundry! Here are a few simple practices for you and your family to prevent illnesses and to be prepared when something comes up.  Young children get sick, particularly if they are in group settings often. It is actually an important part of developing an immune system and should not be...

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  • Winter With Kids

    Winter With Kids

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    By Alison Cupp Relyea With the temperatures dropping rapidly and the holidays approaching, winter is getting underway. While many of us enjoy this time of year because it means seeing family and more time to relax and snuggle up with our little ones, it can also mean that some of the healthy habits we practice in the other seasons slip away. We know it can be harder to motivate in the winter months, but the best way to enjoy the season and avoid colds and the flu is to stay healthy, with plenty of sleep, exercise and good food. We...

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  • Celebrating Thanksgiving with Children

    Celebrating Thanksgiving with Children

      By Alison Cupp Relyea On Thursday, we will celebrate one of the oldest American traditions, a unique holiday in that most people in our nation celebrate it, regardless of religion, cultural background or age. As our families grow and we transition from from the young people’s table to the adult table or from guest to host, this is a perfect time to think about how to teach our children about family traditions and gratitude from an early age. After all, that’s what Thanksgiving is all about.  As we talked about in an earlier post, holidays are a perfect opportunity...

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  • Imagination Contained

    Imagination Contained

    By Alison Cupp Relyea     As the weather begins to turn cooler and the days get shorter, we often spend more time indoors. Many of us want to be outside with our children as much as possible, but indoor play does not have to feel limiting or confined. By approaching the play areas in your home to offer the most open-ended play opportunities, you can create a world of imagination that engages and delights your child for hours on end, even on the most brutal winter day. Depending on your child’s age, the specific toys in your play space...

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  • Baby sleeping in a basket. Baby bedding set. Newborn sleep.

    From Child to Parent: Making the Transition when Your Baby Arrives

    By Alison Cupp Relyea   For many new parents, the anticipation you feel when you are expecting your child is matched only by the anticipation of your parents, particularly if they are becoming grandparents for the first time. Having a child is a family affair, as it should be, but it is also a defining moment for you and your partner as your own nuclear family takes shape. No matter how many months or years you were together as a couple prior to this, having a baby changes the dynamic of your partnership. It also brings extended families into the...

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