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Safe, Secure Baby & Toddler

RRP $18.99

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Safe, Secure Baby & Toddler: Effectively Baby Proof your Home and Car for the Safety of You & your ChildWhy is It Important for My Baby to Have a Baby-Proof Home?Parents often feel overprotective especially when it comes to their children. Because of their protective instincts, they often feel scared especially when they are away from the house. They often cannot shake the feeling that their children might be in one form of danger or another while they are away. For parents, the well-being of their children is a 24-hour concern. No matter how much tasks they have to do, they think about their children and their safety. This is not unfounded. Experts believe that kids over the age of 1 and 4 are more likely to be injured because of being overly curious. This heightened curiosity often results in accidental injuries brought about by touching and playing with things they are not supposed to touch or going to places where they are not supposed to. Each year, over 2.3 million children are injured accidentally and a thousand more are killed due to lack of protection. Such statistics can be found in the U.S Center of Disease Control or CDC. Unsupervised children inside or outside the house are not safe. The only way to decrease the possibility of accidents from happening is for moms to baby-proof their homes. Baby-proofing involves several stages that coincide with your baby's age and developmental stage. According to Jean Piaget, a famous Swiss developmental psychologist and psychoanalysts, the first stages of the infant from birth and to 1 year is the child's coordination stages. During birth to 6 weeks, coordination and sensation are developed by the infant. The child learns several primary reflexes, such as sucking, following movements of items, and clenching the hands. During the 4th and 8th months, the infant already becomes object-oriented and he follows repeated actions. The infant follows the actions of everyone inside the house and his secondary circular reactions are developed. At this stage, parents should spend time with their babies and observe whether they are developing as expected. The reflexes and actions that they learn will actually help them deal with some of the risks they encounter in their young lives. This will also be a good time for the parents to observe and take note of any special areas of safety concern that they need to address both at present and a few weeks or months down the road.


Baby Signs

RRP $12.99

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Long before they?re able to talk, babies have a whole lot to say. With this adorable board book of essential signs, babies and toddlers can easily learn how to communicate their needs, wants, and feelings?and even make basic observations?with a simple gesture. Studies show that babies who use sign language feel less frustrated, throw fewer tantrums, and often learn to talk more easily. Just point to a sign in the book, say the word while making the sign, and the baby will soon be signing. Communicating a wet diaper or a hungry belly, asking for help or saying ?all done? becomes as easy as waving hello or good-bye. And these are just a few of the thirteen signs inside this small and adorably illustrated board book, perfect for little hands?and minds?to grasp.


Potty Training Your Baby

RRP $19.95

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Contrary to traditional belief, the transition from nappy to potty can be started even before your child's first birthday - and be fully completed by the second! Katie Warren advises taking advantage of the early months - when babies do most of their communicating on an emotional level - because that's when children understand things intuitively much sooner than they understand words or actions. The author stresses the importance of a friendly, positive environment - one that lovingly encourages a child's performance on the potty - because a child responds much better to a parent's smiles, laughter and enthusiastic support than to fear and coercion. If such an atmosphere prevails whenever children are on their potties - and they are made to feel happy and proud each time they are successful in their training - then they will repeat these performances just to get that same, happy response from their parents. This is the underlying principle of Katie's method. "Potty Training Your Baby" includes information on everything to do with potty training, including dealing with those inevitable little "accidents". The material is presented in a down-to-earth fashion and is enhanced by personal flashbacks from the author's own parenting experience. Perhaps most importantly, the book shows you how to turn this often dreaded and frustrating task into a time of mutual growth and learning for both you and your child.


Second Thoughts On A Secret Life

RRP $15.99

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THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
I once began a list of the contradictory notions I hold:
Look before you leap.
He who hesitates is lost.
Two heads are better than one.
If you want something done right, do it yourself.
Nothing ventured, nothing gained.
Better safe than sorry.
Out of sight, out of mind.
Absence makes the heart grow fonder.
You can't tell a book by its cover.
Clothes make the man.
Many hands make light work.
Too many cooks spoil the broth.
You can't teach an old dog new tricks.
It's never too late to learn.
Never sweat the small stuff.
God is in the details.
And so on. The list goes on forever. Once I got so caught up in this kind of thinking that I wore two buttons on my smock when I was teaching art. One said, "Trust me, I'm a teacher." The other replied, "Question Authority."
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What Shall We Do With This Baby?

RRP $15.95

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Jan Spence created this short Christmas Eve children's program for her small, rural church. It includes five brief scenes built around a suggested order of worship. Clergy can easily write a meditation to complete the service.
Speaking parts are available for a narrator and two readers. These roles are appropriate for junior or senior high students.
Any number of younger children can easily be added in non-speaking roles as shepherds, angels, and wise men. The program also includes speaking roles for Mary, Joseph, and baby Jesus.
The service has appropriate breaks for carols or songs by children's choirs.
Narrator: " What shall we do with this baby? Yes this is the question that has echoed through time. Nothing is more helpless and needy than an infant alone. Without human help, a baby alone cannot thrive or survive. What shall we do with this baby indeed!" (from scene 1)
Jan Spence was the Sunday School superintendent of West Mendon United Methodist Church, Mendon, Michigan, when she created this Christmas Eve service to involve children, youth, and young families in her small, rural congregation.



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