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Facing fears: Uh oh….and oh no!

by Dr. Maureen O’Brien

Posted on Thursday, October 3, 2019

Being afraid is part of being human.  Some typical toddler fears (darkness, loud noises, being alone) are logical to us adults because we remember having them ourselves. Other fears seem irrational at first, but become clearer when we understand how young children’s minds work.  Let’s take the...

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Splish Splash!

by Dr. Maureen O’Brien

Posted on Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Let’s be clear: bathing a baby and bathing a toddler are two VERY different scenarios. Bathing a tiny infant is definitely an all-hands-on-deck experience that can make even the most confident parent tense. Preparation is the key. Place all the items you need (washcloth, hooded towel, mild soap...

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Seasons change!

by Dr. Maureen O’Brien

Posted on Friday, August 2, 2019

I remember as a kid seeing back-to-school ads in early August and being really annoyed. It was still summer, after all! And summer was supposed to be a relaxed and free time, which is the complete opposite of school structure, right? Well, yes and no. 

In reality, young children...

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Fabulous Firsts

by Dr. Maureen O’Brien

Posted on Thursday, August 1, 2019

Greetings and welcome. This is my initial blog post for the First Years, which is exciting for me. But you know what’s even more exciting? When those firsts belong to your child. As a mom of twins, I recall eagerly anticipating those early firsts. Some of them are physical...

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