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Why do kids have tantrums, and what should you do about it?

angry child tantrum

As unpleasant as they are, tantrums are a completely normal part of early childhood: according to the Supernanny website, one in five 2-year-olds may have two or more tantrums a day. (Yikes!) It’s a common behavior among kids ages 1-3, and can still occur for a few more years afterwards.  It makes sense: your child’s physical and intellectual skills are ... Read More »

Why circle time is so important for child development

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This article came from our friends at My Gym, a chain of children’s fitness centers dedicated to making fitness fun! They offer classes for everyone from babies up to tweens, and our local parents can check out locations in Boston, Newton, Framingham, Norwell, and much more – find your nearest location here. Naturally, with this kind of mission, child development knowhow ... Read More »

Ages and stages and pets, oh my! Age-appropriate pets for kids

young boy with puppy

The fond memories and affectionate snuggles are the first things that come to mind when we think about our childhood pets, but kids have plenty more to gain from having a fuzzy (or feathery, or scaly) best pal. Here are just a few of the benefits of pet ownership for your littles: 1) Pets teach kids responsibility. Assigning age-appropriate pet care ... Read More »

How old is too old for toys? (Spoiler: there’s no such thing!)

too old for toys

In an era in which thousands of action figures are clearly manufactured just for grown-ups, adults film loving tributes to their toy collections, thousands of adults get gussied up in their finest superhero duds for comic and anime conventions, and Lego Master Builder is a real paid job, who could imagine that playtime was just for kids? As geek culture continues to ... Read More »

How old is too old for a stroller?

If there’s anything we know about toddlers and preschoolers, it’s that they’re quite opinionated about what they wish to be doing and how. So when this mom asked the community at BabyCenter at what age you should transition your kid out of using a stroller, many moms answered with some variation on, “My kid won’t sit in one – he’s ... Read More »

Is your child ready for potty training? Look out for these signs!

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By Cecilia Matson, MA, Child Development Expert and Stacey Jackson Flammia, MLA, Adult Learning and Development Specialist.  Galoop – Child Development Classes for Babies and Toddlers and Expert Advice for Caregivers Coolidge Corner, Brookline, MA www.galoopclasses.com facebook.com/GaloopClasses     The million-dollar question: how do I know when my child is ready to use the potty? Do I go by her ... Read More »

Helping your toddler adjust to a new baby in the house

happy sister hugging baby brother

By Cecilia Matson, MA, Child Development and Parenting Specialist Galoop – Child Development Classes for Babies and Toddlers and Expert Advice for Caregivers Coolidge Corner, Brookline, MA www.galoopclasses.com facebook.com/GaloopClasses If you have your second child on the way: first of all, congratulations! Second of all: it is completely normal to feel anxious about becoming a parent again. I am sure ... Read More »