Guest Post: Screen time and toddlers: What is transfer deficit?

Guest Post: Screen time and toddlers: What is transfer deficit?
With the COVID-19 pandemic, we've all been using screens more, and overall, that's OK. Screen time is less about the hours than the content. Screens can connect and educate, and keep us all safe indoors. However, research shows that for our youngest children, under age three, we need to be more careful and deliberate with devices. A study out of the Journal of Experimental Child Psychology in 2015 illustrates the limitations of digital learning w...
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Child Care: Should I Work or Stay at Home?

Child Care: Should I Work or Stay at Home?
I remember sensing the guilt my mom had as she dropped my siblings and I off at the neighbor's house where she traded babysitting services. Both of my parents have worked full time since I can remember. Making the decision to have child care versus staying home can be a taxing choice for parents. There is so much to consider when deciding what will work best for your family's needs. Some of these decisions include; the cost of working outside the...
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Vaccines and COVID-19

Vaccines and COVID-19
"Vaccine " is a hopeful word during this pandemic. We hope for a vaccine that will dramatically reduce the spread of COVID-19. Development of this vaccine is a top global priority; countries are working tirelessly on it. But with all our focus on COVID-19 right now, it is easy to forget that there are many current vaccines available to prevent a series of childhood diseases. Parents may also have concerns about visiting their doctor's office, or ...
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Guest Post: How to Get Ready for the School Year with the Pandemic in Mind

Guest Post: How to Get Ready for the School Year with the Pandemic in Mind
With many areas in a reopening phase, you may need to prepare for your children's school to open back up for the new academic year as well. Some schools may return to in-person classes, while others may offer online learning opportunities or a combination of both. Below, find out how your family can get ready for either situation and discover how to get your kids set up for success this year. Getting Ready for Digital Learning Depending on your s...
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Postpartum Depression in Men: Helping Dads Cope

Postpartum Depression in Men: Helping Dads Cope
Most of us have heard of postpartum depression in women, but did you know it can also affect fathers?! Figures vary depending on the source, but it's estimated that for every two women that have postpartum depression, one man will have PPPD (paternal postpartum depression), and approximately 25% of new fathers (though only 10% of cases are reported) will develop PPPD. Most cases of paternal postpartum depression get missed because (1) postpartum ...
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Tell Your Story! 3 Ways to share Help Me Grow Utah

Tell Your Story! 3 Ways to share Help Me Grow Utah
A surprisingly common question we get here at Help Me Grow Utah is "Can I tell my friend about this program?" Our answer is always "Yes! Please do!" While we love that most parents feel like Help Me Grow Utah is just for them, we want all parents in Utah to know they can feel that way too! Help Me Grow Utah envisions a vibrant community in which all families have the desire, resources, and confidence to make the best decisions during pregnancy an...
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Am I a Good Enough Parent?

Am I a Good Enough Parent?
I think every now and again we all struggle a little with self-worth. We are not perfect people. We all have our good days, and those days we wish we could change. Although we may be faced with fears of self-doubt on our parenting journey, remember that there is no one exactly like you. You have a unique perspective. You have unique experiences. And it's more than likely that you are a good parent; even on those hard days. As stated by Theodore R...
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Tantrums: A Good Thing?

Tantrums: A Good Thing?
As a Parent Support Specialist, one of the most common concerns that I hear about are tantrums. Often irrational, unpredictable, and unpacifiable, it comes as no surprise to me that tantrums can be so concerning to parents that are simply trying their best to keep their child happy and breathing. What is a parent to do when it appears that their child is the only one crying on the floor in the grocery store, or when they seem to still throw a tan...
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The Grieving Child

The Grieving Child
When we contemplate of the grieving process, we tend to think of the five stages of grief ( Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression, and Acceptance) first proposed by Elisabeth Kübler-Ross in her 1969 book On Death and Dying. Many people's general understanding of these stages is that you move from one to another at a steady pace. You are supposed to start with 'denial' and end with 'acceptance'. Right? When my father passed away a couple of years ...
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A Parent's Experience with Help Me Grow Utah

A Parent's Experience with Help Me Grow Utah
  Being with Help Me Grow has been one of the most rewarding experiences. I have worked with Help Me Grow for nearly 2.5 years, and I have learned so much from all of my coworkers and the parents I've talked to. As I reflect on all of the things I have done with regards to this job, I hope that I have helped make a difference in the lives of the parents and families that I've worked with. One of the mothers that I've worked with for over 2 y...
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Screen Time Recommendations for Children

Screen Time Recommendations for Children
We have all heard that we need to limit our children's screen time. In this technology-driven time it is hard to know what we should let our children watch, how much, and what that could be possibly doing to our children's development. Defining screen time has become difficult and while many parents know that children over two should not watch more than 2 hours a day, the amount of digital media our children are exposed to has changed. There are ...
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Guest Post: Grooming Online: What Parents Should Know

Guest Post: Grooming Online: What Parents Should Know
Grooming is a process where a sexual predator identifies and gets access and the trust of a child for the purpose to sexual exploitation and/or assault. Unfortunately, the Internet has provided a medium in which this exploitation can be shared and traded, and children can be accessed more easily. We teach young children "stranger danger" but when it comes to sexual abuse, young children under age 12 are most likely to be victimized by family memb...
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Parenting with Temperament in Mind

Parenting with Temperament in Mind
Ever wonder how your child can react to and behave in situations so differently than you do? Though parents surely have an influence on children's behavior and mannerisms, temperament is also a unique influence that a child brings on their own. Temperament needs to be taken into account to not only have successful parenting, but also a secure attachment between parent and child-- which impacts a child's exploration, independence, and relationship...
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Type 1: A New Diagnosis

Type 1: A New Diagnosis
"When I was four years old, I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. It was a huge struggle for my family, as it was early in the technology of Diabetic care and everyone in my family (parents, five older siblings, and a twin) had to learn how to take care of me. My siblings have never forgotten practicing with syringes on oranges. As we became more educated, it became easier to care for my diabetes. About four years after my diagnosis, my twin brot...
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How to Talk to Your Children About the News

How to Talk to Your Children About the News
The outside world can be a scary place, and kids need to know they can go to mom and dad for help answering their big questions about what they see on the news and hear at school. There are hard questions in life, and as a parent, you may be amazed at the big questions your little ones may come up with. From the refugee crisis to school shootings, having answers for your children will help put them at ease and reinforce the importance of open com...
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How to Foster Empathy and Gratitude During the Holiday Season

How to Foster Empathy and Gratitude During the Holiday Season
Ho Ho Ho! Merry Christmas! Ah, 'tis the season for oversized sweaters, hot cocoa, red wind swept cheeks and Hallmark movies. It's also that time of year when children young and old start wondering what Santa or their parents might put under the tree for them come Christmas morning. While the hustle and bustle of Christmas shopping is real and exciting, how can we make sure we are also fostering an environment of empathy and gratitude with our chi...
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4 Tips for Combating the Flu

4 Tips for Combating the Flu
Did you know that the flu is so contagious that five to twenty percent of Americans get it each year ? The good news is, the flu is preventable – for both parents and children. Unfortunately, many people ignore the importance of prevention methods that can drastically decrease the risk of getting the flu! Fire up a new health routine and boost your family's immune system by following the methods below! Minimal Efforts = Maximum Prevention : Focus...
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Guest Post - Smartphone Alternatives for Young Children

Guest Post - Smartphone Alternatives for Young Children
Want to get your child a phone, but don't want to give them a smartphone? You're not alone. More parents are finding alternatives beyond internet- connected devices filled with apps. As young children start school, there's lots of changes. Previously they may have been in your care all the time, but now they're doing things on their own. They may be in afterschool programs, or staying overnight at a friend's house or on a school trip. Ages 5-12 a...
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The Ins and Outs of an Autism Spectrum Disorder Diagnosis

The Ins and Outs of an Autism Spectrum Disorder Diagnosis
As a parent support specialist with Help Me Grow Utah, I sometimes get asked questions regarding receiving an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) diagnosis. Frequent questions often sound like: Does Help Me Grow screen for autism? My pediatrician administered the M-CHAT to my child and it said he is at high risk-- doesn't that count as a diagnosis? My child just received an autism diagnosis-- what does she need now? For any parent that has similar que...
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Asthma: Triggers and Treatments

Asthma: Triggers and Treatments
By the time I was 2 years old, I had been to the Emergency Room no less than 8 times for breathing troubles. My first visit was at just 6 weeks old. A few months before my third birthday, I would be diagnosed with severe persistent asthma . Today, my asthma is so well-controlled that you would never know that for most of my childhood, I spent days at a time struggling to breathe, and the moments between these flare-ups being terrified that I migh...
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