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7 reasons newborns cry (and ways to make it stop!)

7 reasons newborns cry (and ways to make it stop!)

Babies don’t cry to manipulate. They cry to communicate a physical condition or emotion. You won’t spoil your baby when you respond to crying. Rather, your response gives your baby a sense of security, that she knows she’s heard and understood and that you will keep her safe. It doesn’t teach her to cry more.

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7 reasons newborns cry (and ways to make it stop!)

7 reasons newborns cry (and ways to make it stop!)

Babies don’t cry to manipulate. They cry to communicate a physical condition or emotion. You won’t spoil your baby when you respond to crying. Rather, your response gives your baby a sense of security, that she knows she’s heard and understood and that you will keep her safe. It doesn’t teach her to cry more.

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#99 Is Risky Play Worth the Risk? With Audrey Rowland

#99 Is Risky Play Worth the Risk? With Audrey Rowland

How can parents effectively balance the inherent challenge of safeguarding their children while nurturing their autonomy, particularly in the context of risky play?   In this episode, we have the pleasure of hosting Audrey Roland, the visionary founder of Green...

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#98 What You Say Matters: To Yourself, To Your Child

#98 What You Say Matters: To Yourself, To Your Child

Have you ever paused to consider the conversations you have with yourself, and how those internal dialogues shape your mindset? In this episode we talk about how important it is to speak to yourself with positive words and how you can affirm your child in easy,...

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#97 Transcript – What Children Teach Us About Race

#97 Transcript – What Children Teach Us About Race

Hello, and welcome to the podcast. I am so honored to welcome my guests today. I have Christine Platt and Katherine Wigginton Greene. Christine is the executive director of Baldwin for the Arts and writes literature for children and adults that really centers on...

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#96 Transcript – Looking Ahead to 2024

#96 Transcript – Looking Ahead to 2024

 You're listening to Parenting in the First Three Years, the place where we explore the strategies and soul of parenting from pregnancy through the first three years of life. I'm your host, Ann McKittrick. Thank you so much for joining me. Hey there and welcome....

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#96 Looking Ahead to 2024 with Ann McKitrick

#96 Looking Ahead to 2024 with Ann McKitrick

What's the one dream or goal that, if achieved, would bring you the greatest joy and fulfillment in the new year?   As you think about the goals you'd like to set for the new year, remember that each step is a building block toward a more fulfilling life. Stay...

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#95 Navigating Holiday Gatherings with Kids

#95 Navigating Holiday Gatherings with Kids

    Parenting in the First 3 Years Podcast #95 Navigating Holiday Gatherings with Kids with Ann McKitrick Ever wondered how to transform holiday gatherings into a seamless experience when kids are in the mix? Let's unveil a treasure trove of tips and tricks...

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#94 Year End Family Finances with Ann Garcia

#94 Year End Family Finances with Ann Garcia

 Curious about the smart moves that can boost your family's finances as the year wraps up? As the year approaches its end, it's more than a season of festivities; it marks a pivotal moment to assess and plan family finances. Engaging in year-end financial planning is...

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#90 5 Healthy Mindsets for Moms with Brianna Wilkerson

#90 5 Healthy Mindsets for Moms with Brianna Wilkerson

Which distinct self-care methods have proven to be effective in cultivating a positive mindset, specifically within the realm of motherhood, and what advice is provided for integrating these practices into one's daily routine? It becomes clear that cultivating a...

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#89 Dealing with the Fears of Parenting with Amy Weber

#89 Dealing with the Fears of Parenting with Amy Weber

How can parents effectively balance the wisdom of their own upbringing with the need to forge a distinct, individualized parenting approach that caters to their children's unique needs and personalities? In this episode, Amy Weber, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker...

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#86: 4 Things You Need to Know About Childcare

#86: 4 Things You Need to Know About Childcare

How does the 'Child Care Cliff' impact parents? Child care is a big concern for parents, and its cost and quality can greatly impact families.  Finding the right child care provider can be daunting, with steep costs and complex choices. I'll share the various types of...

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#83: Simple Ways to Create Mental Space Daily

#83: Simple Ways to Create Mental Space Daily

As a mom, the days often feel like a whirlwind of responsibilities and cherished moments with our little ones. However, amidst the chaos, we must carve out moments for ourselves, nurturing our well-being and finding balance in the daily grind. In this episode, we take...

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#82: Why Young Children Bite (and How to Respond)

#82: Why Young Children Bite (and How to Respond)

What are some effective strategies parents and caregivers can employ to help their children outgrow the biting behavior while maintaining a supportive and nurturing environment? Biting is a common behavior observed in infants, toddlers, and 2-year-olds. However, the...

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#73 – Setting Up Your Home For Learning

#73 – Setting Up Your Home For Learning

Have you ever wondered what to do or how to set up your home when you have other children over to play?  In this episode, Jeanne-Marie Paynel, M.Ed, shares practical insights and tips to support your child's development. Our conversation reveals the beauty of...

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#70 – Overcoming Common Fears of Parenting

#70 – Overcoming Common Fears of Parenting

Parenting in the First 3 Years Podcast   #70: Overcoming Common Fears of Parenting   In this episode of "Parenting in the First Three Years," Ann discusses the common fears and worries parents may experience. She shares a recent personal story of feeling fear and...

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#68 – What to Do When Your Toddler Hits Someone

#68 – What to Do When Your Toddler Hits Someone

 Parenting in the First 3 Years Podcast   #68: What to Do When Your Toddler Hits Someone   In this episode of "Parenting in the First Three Years," host Ann McKitrick discusses whether parents should insist that their child says sorry when their toddler hits...

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#66 – How to Find the Best Childcare Center

#66 – How to Find the Best Childcare Center

Parenting in the First 3 Years Podcast   #66: How to Find the Best Childcare Center   In this episode, we explore the world of childcare and share practical tips for parents who are on the hunt for the best care for their children. We explore some important...

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#65 – Learning with Fred Rogers Productions

#65 – Learning with Fred Rogers Productions

Parenting in the First 3 Years Podcast   #65: Learning with Fred Rogers Productions with Mallory Mbalia   As a parent, you play an important role in helping your child learn and grow. You get to choose what shows they watch, and it's a great chance to pick ones...

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#64 – Teaching Diversity with Books

#64 – Teaching Diversity with Books

Parenting in the First 3 Years Podcast   #64: Teaching Diversity with Books with Tracey Baptiste   A great children's book should have a well-crafted story, engaging language, and entertaining illustrations. This combination can stimulate your child's cognitive...

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#60: 5 Simple Ways to Support Language Development

#60: 5 Simple Ways to Support Language Development

Parenting in the First 3 Years Podcast   #60: 5 Simple Ways to Support Language Development   You know it's important to read to your child, but what's really happening as you read? Probably the most important is the cozy connection that happens when you hold...

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#59: How You Can Become a Mompreneur with Rachel Neill

#59: How You Can Become a Mompreneur with Rachel Neill

Parenting in the First 3 Years Podcast   #59: How You Can Become a Mompreneur with Rachel Neill   Did you know that 4 of every 10 new businesses are owned by women? What is it about parenting that equips moms to be amazing entrepreneurs?  In this episode Rachel...

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#55: 5 Myths about Newborns with Deborah McNelis

#55: 5 Myths about Newborns with Deborah McNelis

   Parenting in the First 3 Years Podcast   #55: 5 Myths about Newborns with Deborah McNelis   It's easy to feel lost and overwhelmed when it comes to caring for your newborn, but don't worry! Let me introduce you to Deborah McNelis, who's here to help guide...

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#51: The Benefits of Play with Dr. Stephanie Goloway

#51: The Benefits of Play with Dr. Stephanie Goloway

   Parenting in the First 3 Years Podcast   #51: The Benefits of Play with Dr. Stephanie Goloway   What are the benefits of play, besides entertaining your child? Our guest today says there's lots more going on when you simply play and interact with your...

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#47: New Year Intentions for Every New Parent

#47: New Year Intentions for Every New Parent

   Parenting in the First 3 Years Podcast   #47: New Year Intentions for Every New Parent What will happen in 2023 for you? What will happen for your child? You’ve likely got some new year intentions for yourself... or maybe not. Some people love setting...

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#45: Wisdom from a Montessori Mom with Maranda Deason

#45: Wisdom from a Montessori Mom with Maranda Deason

 Parenting in the First 3 Years Podcast   #45: Wisdom from a Montessori Mom with Maranda Deason In this mom story, you'll meet Maranda Deason, Montessori teacher and mother of 7 children including 3 under age two! She shares her thoughts on the cultural changes...

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#43: Attachment Parenting Explained

#43: Attachment Parenting Explained

Parenting in the First 3 Years Podcast   #43: Attachment Parenting Explained with Diane Goyette and Gabrielle Holt    There's a lively conversation on social media about attachment parenting and sometimes it feels like just one more thing to get right, or...

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#42: How Your Enneagram Type Affects Parenting

#42: How Your Enneagram Type Affects Parenting

Parenting in the First 3 Years Podcast   #42: How Your Enneagram Type Affects Parenting with Rochelle Bridges   What's your Enneagram type? I'm a 9 all the way, straight up. I have all the quirks and characteristics of this Enneagram personality type. I'm...

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#40: How to Organize Toys with Amanda Liford

#40: How to Organize Toys with Amanda Liford

 Parenting in the First 3 Years Podcast   #40: How to Organize Toys with Amanda Liford   You love ‘em, your kid loves ‘em, people give you lots of them and after a while, they take over your house! How do you organize toys? Amanda Liford, has the answers. ...

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#38: What to Expect in the Fourth Trimester

#38: What to Expect in the Fourth Trimester

Parenting in the First 3 Years Podcast   #38: What to Expect in the Fourth Trimester with Meg & Carly of Fourth Trimester Foundations The "fourth trimester" is the term coined for the first 3 months after birth. Those first weeks are beautiful, memorable and...

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#37:  Making Holiday Plans that Work for Your Child

#37: Making Holiday Plans that Work for Your Child

Parenting in the First 3 Years Podcast   #37: Making Holiday Plans that Work for Your Child with Prerna Richards It's time to make holiday plans, which will likely include get-togethers and parties with lots of people. What do you do when your child screams,...

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#34: What Grandparents Need to Know

#34: What Grandparents Need to Know

Parenting in the First 3 Years Podcast   #34: What Grandparents Need to Know Grandparents, aunties, uncles, extended family all play an important role in your baby's life. Babies have a way of bringing a new dimension to families and learning what works for your...

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#30: 5 Things to know about starting preschool

#30: 5 Things to know about starting preschool

Parenting in the First 3 Years Podcast   #30: 5 Things to know about starting preschool Starting preschool is an exciting milestone for your child and will build a strong foundation for kindergarten. In this episode, you'll learn what types of programs are...

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