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Ask Dr. Marla: Helping Your Toddler Overcome Shyness

Question: My daughter is almost 20 months old. She has recently become quite shy. She has a fair vocabulary, 20 words and one sentence (‘where are you?’) but she very rarely speaks outside of my home. Is this normal? Answer: It is very possible that your daughter has some language delays. Typically...

Timeout With Nanny Robina: Teaching Your Four-Year-Old Good Manners

When my son turned four, he opened a birthday present that he didn’t like. In all the excitement, instead of being gracious he made a face. I was mortified. How can I ensure this doesn’t happen again at his fifth birthday? It’s not too early to teach your son how...

Talking About Speech Problems

When my daughter was three, I noticed she was protruding her tongue slightly when pronouncing a soft ‘g’. At first it seemed sweet, but months went by and I began to worry. It wasn’t affecting the sound she made, but the maneuver looked unnecessarily difficult. What if it became permanent?...

Encourage your child to embrace independent play

Encourage your child to embrace the world of the make-believe.

Tips To Help Your Child Have Strong And Healthy Feet

Feet seem simple on the surface but are actually very complex. Each foot has 26 bones (a quarter of all the bones in the body), 33 joints and a network of more than 100 tendons, muscles and ligaments. According to the BC Association of Podiatrists, the average person takes...

Speech & Language Development

Children Use Many Ways To Communicate Babies use gestures and facial expressions, words, tone of voice and other vocal sounds such as crying and babbling to communicate. This is the beginning of learning language. Most children learn language very quickly. Your newborns cries are reflexes but your baby will soon begin...

Social Development

Babies start by learning the signals they can give to show adults they are hungry or tired. They watch how their parents respond to other people and situations, then begin to copy them. Children Learn Social Skills By Copying You Copying the adults that are close to them helps toddlers begin...

Your Child’s Early Brain Development

You've probably heard how important it is to help your baby's brain develop well. You may have seen advertisements for toys to stimulate your child's brain, and CD's to ggive your unborn baby a start in music. Many parents know it is important to help stimulate their child's brain, but...

Motor skills development

It takes a while for a baby's small and large muscles to develop.

Your Child’s Sexuality: Development & Communication

Sexuality is much more than sex. It includes our sense of who we are and how we feel about ourselves as sexual beings. Our children start the lifelong process of learning about their sexuality as soon as they are born. The loving touches you give your baby teach that the...

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