Category Archives: Ask Babs

An area where best selling author and poet gives her advice on child care.

Ask Babs: Encouraging Openness

Q: How can I encourage my son to be open with me and know that I’ll love him unconditionally no matter what? A: Psychologist Marshall Rosenberg and numerous others have devoted their lives to studying and responding to this kind … Continue reading

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Ask Babs: Toddler Time Enhanced

Q: How can I interact with my toddler more and on a regular basis? A: Play a Senses Game: Listen, Listen! Sounds All Around! This is a fun and interactive game for you and your infant or toddler to play at … Continue reading

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Ask Babs: Building a Home Library

Q: Does my daughter need books at home when we can borrow from the library? Our budget is tight, but I sure do want her to learn to like reading. I know you say lots of books at home, but … Continue reading

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Ask Babs: Meltdown Magic

Q: I heard that you have kid poems and songs for many topics. Do you have one for my toddler who gets frustrated all the time? He had a giant meltdown this morning. He wanted a purple shirt instead of … Continue reading

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Ask Babs: Parenting with Patience

Q: What can I do when I know I am about to get worked up and act out impatience with my child? A: Great question! Thanks for being proactive! I’ve a couple of suggestions for you, strategies I often suggest for … Continue reading

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Ask Babs: On Hurtful Biting

Q: My toddler was just two and suddenly started biting during play dates. What can I do? A: Thank you for asking a question that’s in sync with my ongoing guest blog series. I share this poetic response with you. … Continue reading

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Ask Babs: Cooperation during the ”Morning Rush”

Q: How can I help my toddlers cooperate when getting dressed in the mornings? A: Cooperation from a toddler? ‘Tis a tall order. Fact is, this getting-dressed stuff is all about a parent’s need for task completion on a timetable. … Continue reading

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Ask Babs: Handling ‘Whine Time’

Q: How do I not let whining bother me? A: Close your ears? Sorry, I couldn’t resist that smart-alecky remark. Okay, let’s get down to some serious thinking on this frequently-asked-or-wish-we-had-asked query coming out of a real quandary nearly all … Continue reading

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Ask Babs: Easing my kids’ transition to a new school

Q: We’re moving this summer. Are there some tips to help make my child’s transfer to a new school easier? A: There sure are! Many factors––time of year, distance, reasons––can contribute to your child’s and your own feelings of anxiety. … Continue reading

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Ask Babs: When your toddler hits his newborn sis

Q: How should I respond when my 2-year-old tries to hit her newborn sister? Should I ignore it, or should I discipline her? A: Notice it and approve it. Your noticing it addresses everyone’s need for protection. You’ll approve it … Continue reading

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