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The Benefits of Using Sign Language with your Baby or Toddler

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Have you ever been at a loss about what your toddler wants, where they are hurt, or why they are having a tantrum? Chances are, your answer is yes. It is almost impossible to tell what your child wants, needs, or feels if they are unable to communicate with you.[br]Implementing sign language on a consistent basis can help your child learn how to communicate before they are able to talk. You can easily teach your baby simple signs to communicate what they want or need. This can help lessen or even eliminate meltdowns over not being able to communicate.[br]I know you might be thinking, But I don’t know any sign language! How am I supposed to teach my child? Your knowledge of sign language does not matter. You don’t have to be fluent in ASL to learn the most important signs and teach them to your baby. There are many apps, programs, books, and flashcards out there that can be used to learn and teach one sign at a time.[br]Where to Start:Begin by using a few signs daily. Don’t try to learn and teach your baby everything at once. You…

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How to Support Your Husband as a New Dad

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Okay mamas! You have done the hardest job of all. You delivered a precious baby after carrying for 10 whole months. You’ve endured morning sickness, night sweats, and heartburn. You haven’t had a good night’s sleep, a shower, or a good meal in DAYS! You have put all of your energy into taking care of this brand new baby.It can be easy to feel like you have nothing left to give to anyone else. Let’s face it, you probably don’t, and that’s okay. So, how can you support your husband as a new dad when you feel like you are hardly getting by?You might be surprised by some of the answers I got from some new dads. In fact, the number one response I got is something that might even help YOU out. So here we go, ten ways to support your husband as a new dad. Give him opportunities to bond. The overwhelming majority of dads said they would like more opportunities to bond with the baby. Many times, especially if mom is breastfeeding, the mom takes on all things baby, while she has dad fetch, change, cook, make, clean, etc…

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How to Support Your Wife as a New Mom

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Motherhood. It seemed so easy, until I became a mom. I walked into the hospital with grand ideas about what motherhood would be like, but when I came out (with my new baby), it was like everything had shifted. I was no longer the same person. It was like I had to learn how to be me again, but in a different way. At first, it was all just surreal. It took some time to realize that this tiny human was mine and she depended on me for everything. She depended on me to figure out breastfeeding, diaper changing, sleep schedules, bathing, clipping fingernails, and SO much more.[br]In one day I went from doing whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted to not having energy to eat![br]Now, I’m not saying I didn’t love being a mom. I am saying that I was overwhelmed and unexpectedly so. Thankfully, I had my (amazing) husband to help me through this time. He must have had someone coaching him along the way because he always seemed to know what to say to calm my fears and anxiety. However, this is not always the case. So many women deal with…