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No-Cry Solution Series Author

Elizabeth Pantley is a parent educator, mother of four, and the author of the now-classic baby sleep book, The No-Cry Sleep Solution, as well as six other books in the series, including The No-Cry Separation Anxiety SolutionThe No-Cry Potty Training SolutionThe No-Cry Discipline Solution, The No-Cry Picky Eater Solution, plus other successful parenting books. She is known worldwide as the practical, reasonable voice of respectful parenting.

Heading off to daycare or preschool, and leaving Mommy or Daddy behind for the first time is a colossal milestone in a child’s life. There is no exact method for figuring out which child will happily wave and run off to play and which one will take one look at the new surroundings and superglue himself to a parent’s leg. If yours is one of those superglue kids, here are some ideas to help him loosen his grip and enjoy his new experience. Take small steps to your separation goal
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How to Tell if Your Child Still Needs a Nap
In the first year of life your baby needs lots of sleep (13 to 18 hours a day!). Sleep is necessary support for your little one’s rapid growth and development. But your baby doesn’t know that! He exists in the moment and responds to his body’s needs and the environment. Many parents don’t realize that their baby’s sleep needs are powerfully driven by instinct and by understanding and responding to his cues sleep can be a very easy, pleasant process. When your baby is tired, he’ll sleep – but only if the conditions are right. If not, he will fuss and cry about not sleeping.
Bringing a new life into this world carries with it an awesome responsibility. Parents ensure the physical growth of their child through proper nourishment. They build the foundation for emotional stability through a strong relationship with their baby built on love and trust. They promote the intellectual development of their child by talking, reading, and providing opportunities for discovery and exploration. And last, but certainly not least, parents are responsible for guiding their child along the path of spiritual and moral development.
A common mistake that parents of newborns make is to misinterpret their baby’s attempts to communicate and respond in just about the opposite way that Baby means for you to.
     Is there anything more exasperating than dealing with temper tantrum? Is there anything that makes you feel more helpless than watching your tiny child scream, kick and lose control, and being unable to stop his distress? It may be less baffling if you learn where these emotions originate.
Your children can make you angry. It happens. Very often your anger is triggered over normal childhood behavior. Your child isn’t acting out with the intention to upset you, though it may feel that way. When we view a situation with our adult outlook we set ourselves up with unrealistic expectations. The reality is that children are inexperienced, naïve and lacking in social skills. They have limited knowledge about social rules and expected behavior.
It's the time of year when many people hit the stores shopping for the best bargains in gifts and holiday foods. It's also the time of year for kids to beg, whine, fuss and have major meltdowns and tantrums in the malls and stores. Here are some tips to make your shopping trips pleasant - and maybe even fun!
At some point children resist their daily nap and parents ask, “When is it time to end the nap routine?” The best answer to that question might be “Never!” Naps take only an hour or two out of the day, but naps – or lack of naps – can shape all twenty-four hours of your child’s day. They have the power to influence mood, behavior, health, and brain development. Naps can affect how happy your child is in the morning and how easily she’ll go to bed at night. An appropriate nap schedule is a vital component for your child’s healthy, happy life. 
1.  Newborn babies sleep up to 18 hours per day. Parents of new babies all complain about of lack of sleep. But this is really about the parents’ experience – not the baby’s! Newborns need a massive amount of sleep – fifteen to eighteen hours each day. The problem for us is that they break up this sleep into chunks spread out over all 24 hours of the day and night. The good news is that over the early months their biological clock kicks in and they start to consolidate more sleep during the night.  
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