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written by Carol Castanon, Child/Family and School Consultant carolcastanon.com carolcastanon@icloud.com This is a compilation of strategies to support adults helping children feel safe when there is a crisis.  There are two different kinds of adults. The first is an adult who may be a helper, but is not experiencing this crisis as a close family...

by Carol Castanon and Andi Metlzer For many people, there is nothing better than falling into bed after a long day. For adults, the idea of a cozy bed can make them giddy with joy as they think about laying their head on a fluffy pillow and snuggling down into their comforter.  But, before a restful...

March 28, 2019 Escrito por Carol Castanon and Andi Metlzer Para muchas personas, no hay nada mejor que acostarse después de un largo día. Para los adultos, la idea de meterse a una cama cómoda les hace feliz al pensar en acostar su cabeza sobre una almohada suave y acurrucándose en su cobija. Pero antes de que...

written by Carol Castanon, Secure Beginnings Parent Consultant and Mary Biggs, Director Basic Trust (www.basictrust.org) Many families experience primary caregivers going back to work. Let’s look more closely at what this means for adults, babies, tots and young children. There is a transition waiting in the wings for these families. Adults and children will have an...

written by Carol Castanon, Parent Consultant What do young children hear when adults talk about the new baby that’s coming? How does a toddler or young child understand the baby inside Mommy’s belly? What are tots and young children asking, what do they need, and how do they feel? When families are expecting a new baby there are extraordinary...

written by Elizabeth Memel, M.A., Infant & Toddler Specialist In looking through books dealing with toddlers, one finds several definitions of these very young children. In some cases, toddlers are defined as those who have just acquired the ability to transport themselves in an upright position and are at the toddling stage between creeping and true...

written by Carol Castanon, Parent Consultant Just the idea of more than one child can bring up strong adult emotions.  These might be connected to your own experience in your family of origin, or to your now growing family.  More than one can trigger feelings of anxiety or loss for the parent expecting their second child. ...

written by Renee Mandala, ParentCare Director Infant caregiving is demanding and rewarding. Adults and babies grow capacities rapidly, and caregiving times can build connection. As such, feeding time is about more than nutrition.  The infant’s physical, social, neurological, emotional, and sensory systems develop, while relationship-building and co-regulation of our nervous systems take place, in addition to...

written by Renee Mandala, M.A. CD(DONA) C.L.C. Expectant families are rightly, more frequently being advised by their medical providers to breastfeed their babies. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends at least 6 months of exclusive nursing, and continued nursing through at least the first year with the addition of complimentary solids. They also recommend nursing beyond...