Parenting, Child Development, and Family Life

Parent Coaching Sessions

We're excited to share a special offer with you!

We've partnered with Sarah Crawford, Ph.D., Owner of Mariposa Counseling Services, to offer our parents a special parent coaching session rate this summer!

We can help parents seeking support with:

  • Tantrums and meltdowns
  • Children who "aren’t listening” or...
Special Education Consultant

Why may a family seek guidance from you?

Navigating the world of disability services within public schools or seeking private therapies and treatment can be overwhelming. There is a sea of acronyms, emotions to reconcile, and some perceived (and real) barriers to initiating services. All of these factors combined can make initiating or changing your child's service or care plan difficult. It can...

Fun Activities for a Snow Day

While a snow day can be a great opportunity for family time, we are often left wondering what to do throughout the day. Cozying up on the couch to watch a movie and enjoy popcorn is always fun, though, sometimes we still need to move around or use our creative side. If a snow day is unexpected, there are lots of activities to do using items you most likely already have in the house. Here are a few ideas for fun activities to do on a snow...


What is a Tongue-tie or Lip-Tie?

If you take a look under your tongue and lips, you’ll see small bands of fibrous tissue which attach your tongue and lips to your mouth, called frenum. For some infants and children, this attachment is too tight or thick which restricts movement of the tongue and lips. This excessive attachment of the tongue, commonly known as a tongue-tie, is also called ankyloglossia and for the lip may be referred to...

Build Speech & Language Skills

We are quickly approaching the time of year that children love. Along with the holidays comes winter break. While a great time for family bonding, winter break can be a challenge for parents to find indoor activities for the whole family - and also sneak in some learning.

However, it is possible to learn and have fun doing so if you "...

Infant sleep training

It’s back to school time which seems to go hand in hand with endless parent nights and new introductions which means lots of opportunities for the constant question of, “What do you do?” For the last seven years, I have responded, “I am a Child and Infant Sleep Consultant,” and inevitably two things happen: I am either met with a completely bewildered look or the person says, “Why didn’t I know you a few years ago?” So, what is a sleep...

Austin Family Photographer

Hi! I'm Heather Gallagher and I'm an Austin, Texas based documentary and lifestyle family photographer. I have over 15 years of professional experience and have had the honor of capturing over 500 families across the US and abroad. In addition to being a full-time photographer, I'm a mother, wife and CODA (Child Of Deaf Adult).

These days there are endless options for families looking for a photographer and while it's wonderful to have...

5 Yoga Poses to Calm Your Child

It’s 8pm. Dinner is over, the dishes are done (maybe), bath time is over, and you’re ready to fall into a heap, but the kids are bouncing off the walls. We’ve all been there. First you ask nicely, then you beg, then you bargain (“Ok, ok, one more story…”). What if there was an easier way? Good news -- there is, and not only will it calm your kiddos, but it might just calm you down a touch as well.

According to the Mayo Clinic, not only...

behavioral specialist

"If a child can’t learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn." - Ignacio Estrada

Our modern education system requires students to sit stationary for long periods of time. Traditional school settings often impose expectations that may not be developmentally appropriate or ideal for your child’s learning style. There is a range of acceptable behavior and coping skills that most students...

parent counseling

1. The book: Mind in the Making by Ellen Galinsky

About the book:

This is a great read for any parent wanting to learn about supporting and encouraging the seven essential skills to helping your child thrive emotionally, socially and relationally in this day and age. The chapters are broken down into the seven skills, based on research along with applicable...

developmental specialist

"Intuition will tell the thinking mind where to look next." - Jonas Salk

Parents are the ultimate experts on their children. They have an innate instinct around their child's needs, and are their best advocates and teachers.

All children have different strengths, as well as their own unique developmental trajectories. Beyond the typical worries around milestones and skills, some parents may find themselves...

Social Emotional Activities for Toddlers

Why does it feel like we are always so pressed for time in December? Oh, yeah, because it’s the holiday season, children are off from school, for some it’s year-end at work or for small business owners, and we have to clean, cook, shop and entertain! That’s a lot to cram into a few weeks, not to mention all the other daily activities and…life. I know it may seem impossible, but there are ways to get a little bit of extra help from your kids...

nutrition tips for kids

The holiday season is approaching, and that means many families will be packing suitcases, hoping in the car or boarding an airplane, and heading over to their friends and families. Aside from suitcase essentials, food is my next biggest concern. Providing nutritious snacks while traveling can be tough, so here are a few tips to help you keep the food your kids eat reasonably healthy, affordable, safe, and well-received by your...

Nutrition for kids

One of the number one ways to help kids learn to eat and appreciate new foods is to get them in the kitchen. Great idea, right? The only problem is that cooking with kids is not always easy and stress-free. When kids are in the kitchen, it is messy. It is loud. It slows down food preparation. It is exhausting. It tests your patience. But it is totally worth it.

Research, over and over again shows that if parents can encourage their...

advice for new parents

Did you know a normal 10-year-old owns about 238 toys; however, only plays with about twelve each day. That is only 5% of their toys!

What?! I know! If your child only had twelve toys, play room clean up would be a snap.

But most children do not have just twelve toys and thus playroom and bedroom clean up, where toys are concerned, usually takes a long time or is just never done or completed due to the overwhelming nature of the...

family nutrition

How to encourage awareness and acceptance of others through a fun dinner activity.

This is a wonderful family activity that promotes global cultural awareness in a fun and engaging way. It encourages acceptance of others as well as an understanding of the differences in the way people live around the world.

I was over a friend’s house having a discussion on how to motivate kids to try new food when I learned of this...

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To fulfill our mission of providing a central resource for families to turn to anytime they seek guidance, we are constantly looking for new ways to make your search processes and decisions a bit simpler. We know that summer time is a favorite for children and families, we also know that finding activities to keep children entertained and enriched during the summer can be a time-consuming and challenging task.

So, we have some exciting...


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