Teach Your Children to Excel with the Power of Music

You can use the power of music to help a child with so many different things, including both educational and social growth. Music can help children develop hobbies and become a better-rounded individual. When words are difficult to comprehend or emotions are simply running too high, music is something that can soothe the soul and nurture common ground. As a parent, helping your child harness this creative energy and use it to build self-confidence is one of the most important things you can do.

“Music, the great communicator.” Red Hot Chili Peppers

Growing Up

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How To Get Your Toddler To Love The Pool!

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I watched my sister Linda as she took her toddler out to the family pool for the first time and I even got to help with the orientation. It was fascinating to see how Linda worked with the youngster, to make sure his first pool experience was positive. Here’s what she did:

She started slow. Linda is great at doing research on a new topic, so that’s what she did with her toddler and the pool. She read that it is best to start early and allow the child to just get

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Rebecca’s 11 months

Dear baby girl,

You’re just a little sweetheart… the other day at the children’s museum another mom asked me if you were “7, maybe 8 months old?” You’re just a petite little girl, like your mama! You’re not walking yet, but you love standing and cruising along furniture or walking with a push toy. Just recently you’ve started attempting to stand unassisted! It won’t be too much longer!

You also love to climb… you can go all the way up the stairs on your own (with someone right

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Milestone: Rebecca’s smiling!

I’d say she started a few days ago–so just about 5 weeks old. They definitely aren’t just gassy smiles, they’re real! 🙂 Steve is better at getting her to smile than I am, but if you make some clicking noises with your mouth, it seems to do the trick. Sorry for the crappy iPhone photos, but I wanted to capture the smiles and it’s all that was nearby. She is just starting to make coo-ing sounds too!

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Structured play for a toddler? HELP!

I need advice from other moms or people who know more about child development than I do. Should a toddler (Ryan is 2o months) have structured play and be expected to listen and follow directions? Or should he be free to explore and do as he pleases?

Here’s the deal…

We’re taking a parent-tot tumbling class at the local gymnastics academy. We went to our first session this past Friday and it goes all the way through December. The class has about 6 kids I think and they’re all around Ryan’s age. One I

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Pregnancy: week 10

After this week, our baby will officially be a FETUS! It’s just over an inch long and babycenter.com claims it’s the size of a kumquat, but who knows what the crap a kumquat is?! I don’t. Sooo, it’s just bigger than a grape but smaller than an AA battery 😉

Passing this week also means the most delicate and critical development time is over. WHOOO! Can I celebrate with some tequila? ……………. kidding……………….

So now it’s time for tissues and organs to grow rapidly. He’s kicking a ton (although I don’t feel it

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17 months: milestones

ohmygosh, Ryan is almost one and a half years old!!!! That means he’s almost 2!!! That means he’s almost off to college!!! LOL. But seriously.

I think I skipped this last month, but thought I’d check out the milestone chart again at babycenter.com just to see how awesome Ryan is 😉 Soo…

Mastered Skills (most kids can do): *uses 6 words regularly: ummmm, Ryan definitely knows at least 6 words (mom, dad, up, cracker, grandma, grandpa, yes, cheese, down, bye, hi, car…) but he doesn’t use them regularly. He prefers to point and whine.

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