• 00:29

    Mommy Talk

    in Family

    Intro of Sweet Melody and Kitty. Being a parent, the pros and cons 

  • 00:44

    A Closer Look At Adoption and Foster Care In America

    in Family

    Thousands of children in the U.S. are awaiting adoption while the foster care system remains saturated with cases. The national award-winning family radio talk show Let's Talk America with Host Shana Thornton will put the spotlight on adoption and foster care with respected licensed social worker Nicole Harris on Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at 7:30 pm EST. This exclusive conversation will highlight essential information for all individuals considering adoption or foster care. Real talk for real people! 


     


    Please support our national sponsors by visiting www.letstalkamericawithshanathornton.com. Thank you. 


     

  • 00:53

    #256 New Siblings and Late Talking Toddlers... Oh My!

    in Parents

    Join pediatric speech-language pathologist Laura Mize, M.S., CCC-SLP of www.teachmetotalk.com as she answers a mom's question about her late talking toddler since the arrival of a new baby...


    "I hope you can help me! We bought your dvd for our daughter who will be 3 in April. Before our second daughter was born (in August), she would name everything we pointed to. She would tell us the color of things animal sounds, etc. Since the new baby, she refuses to answer these questions. We know she knows them because she will be in the room alone and say "What's this? A horse! Nay!" And occasionally she will answer them for us. But hardly ever. She also prefers to say "Thirsty" instead of "I am thirsty." which she CAN say. Same thing for "I want...." She prefers to say "Muffins" instead of "I want muffins" but she occasionally says the whole thing. When we ask her to say it, she gets upset. A while ago, she would scream "THIRSTY - AHHHH!" and we would try to get her to not scream. She stopped saying it altogether, so we are trying to avoid that again. Can you help us? Our insurance does not cover speech therapy and the person who came to us with early intervention didn't believe she could speak at all. We are trying just to repeat what we want her to say but give her what she wants but we're getting nowhere. Same thing with the labeling questions. We followed your DVD and she follows everything perfectly, it's just these other things.
    Thanks so much for your time!"


    Tune in for my ideas! It may not be what you think!! 


     

  • 03:01

    Authors of Children's Books: Why Do They Do It ?!

    in Culture

    There is more to being the author of childrens books than you know.


    By Mary Rodd Furbee


    1. Consider why you want to write children's books.
    If you want to write books for children, it helps to be a little crazy. I developed a passion to write nonfiction biographies for middle-school children about four years ago. My daughter's experiences made me realize that there were hardly any children's books on America's founding mothers. It hit me, hard: This was what I had to write. There was a need. The subject was fascinating. I knew I could do it, and found the prospect exciting. If you have a similar passion, perfect. If not, perhaps you are meant to do something else. It's hard to write books, harder still to write books for children. It's difficult to get published, and you'll face a lot of rejection.


    2. Don't expect to make big money or make it quickly.
    Writing books for children is like starting a business. You must invest both time and money. I hoped to make money writing my first books, but I didn't. Four years and six published books later, I still haven't made as much money as I could have in most professional writing or editing positions. It's the rare children's book that hits the bestseller list or wins a Newbery Award, and the rare full-time children's writer who makes a living.


    3. Read children's books.
    When I decided to write biographies of women in American history, I read biographies, histories, books about writing biographies, and lots of middle-grade fiction and nonfiction. It's amazing what you can learn by reading the books you want to write - be they board books for infants and toddlers, picture books, early readers, middle-grade novels or young adult nonfiction. Read the best authors - over and over. If you can, take a class in children's literature or writing for children.

  • 00:14

    How Much Coffee Does Your Child Drink?

    in Health

    A recent study shows that 15% of toddlers in Boston consume coffee on a daily basis.  The verdict is not yet in on how healthy caffeine is.  Some feel that it's okay in certain amounts for adults, but what about kids?  Not just kids but ages 2 and under! 


    Caffeine consumption is also often associated with other unhealthy habits.  So is it truely safe for our kids?  Sugar consumption, obesity, diabetes.


    Get all the perks and quirks of caffeine during this show and it's effect on kids. 
     

  • 00:55

    #255 Goal Writing, Fatigue during Therapy, The Power of Distraction and more!

    in Parents

    In this episode pediatric Laura Mize, M.S, CCC-SLP of teachmetotalk.com answers a variety of questions from SLPs and parents. We'll talk about how I write goals for toddlers and young preschoolers for speech therapy, what it means when a toddler is fatigued during therapy (it may not be what you think!), and why DISTRACTION is one of the most powerful tools you can use when working with our little friends. If we have time, we'll even tackle a mom's questions about handling her toddler's language regression since the arrival of a new baby. All that and maybe even a little more on this week's show!! 

  • 00:09

    What The Heck is Baby Sign Language?

    in Parents

    Join Sara Bingham, WeeHands Founder and author of The Baby Signing Book, each week as she shares parenting tips, language development strategies, and the joys of connecting with your baby, toddler and/or preschool child. On this show, we'll answer the question: What The Heck is Baby Sign Language?


    Since 2001, WeeHands has been an industry-leading children's sign language and language development program delivered through interactive, fun classes, as well as a line of tailored products. In 2014, WeeHands became part of Morneau Shepell’s Children's Support Solutions, an organization that provides health-centered and educational services to children with differences to help them reach their potential.

  • 00:16

    Heart Centered Stories for Kids with Heart– Flower Fairies in Rainbow Garden

    in Family

    Flower Fairy episode moved to March 6th! Cold and flu season hits hard. Will find our flower faires in the turn of spring! 


    Need a few moments of quiet time for the kids? Something soothing to help them calmly wake up or calmly head towards naptime or bedtime? Come with us and listen in as we tell tales of heart, adventure, fun exploration with characters to love! 


    Original stories made up on the spot through the imagination of Miss Jeannine with the occasional talented storytellers and songwriters guests that kids love based on The Melodies Life Readiness Lessons for Preschoolers! Perfect for naptime or bedtime, these social and emotional heart felt stories are available live each Saturday morning or archived on demand listening for your child ages 2-8. Coloring pages for the shows are available for download on the Heart Centered Stories website. Come join in the fun and open your heart to Heart Centered Stories today!


    This week’s story idea is:Flower Fairies in Rainbow Garden


    Inspired by The Melodies Rainbow Song with The Melodies lesson: Shine Your Light!

  • 00:40

    Cracking The Code of Toddler Behavior

    in Family

    This week on Mom Talk Radio, Michael McCurdy, the Testing Dad, shares the 7 core abilities that every child needs to know for kindergarten. Spotlight on Moms features Karla Call of TheShowerShimmy.com. Jennifer Chellis Taveras, L.Ac., creator of the Holistic Baby Acupressure System, shares how acupressure can be helpful for babies. Tovah Klein, author of How Toddlers Thrive: What Parents Can Do Today for Children Ages 2-5 to Plant the Seeds of Lifelong Success, shares tips for “cracking the code” of toddler behavior. Christy Johnson, registered nurse and former college softball player, shares the importance of concussion testing with the King-Devick test.

  • 00:13

    Sarah Jessica Parker's toddlers are guided by Dr. Tovah Klein...call in to talk

    in Lifestyle

    Sarah Jessica Parker—one of the many parents in New York City and beyond whose children have benefited greatly from Dr. Klein’s guidance and now your children can too —HOW TODDLERS THRIVE, unpacks the toddler mind, making sense of the unique combination of headstrong independence and need for close attachment that can be perplexing to both new and experienced parents.  With a blend of groundbreaking research and tender insight, Dr. Tovah P. Klein, director of the esteemed Barnard Toddler Center  has become the go-to expert for parents seeking a practical, adaptable set of techniques for “cracking the code”of  their toddler’s behavior.


     


    Klein and her research team study children’s social and emotional development, the influence of parents on children’s development, and the experience of being a parent in the early years.  The research looks at the ways mothers and fathers transition to parenthood and negotiate the challenges of work and family issues. Another line of research focuses on the impact of trauma on young children and their families, looking at children who were direct witness to the events of 9/11. A newer study examines how toddlers communicate through and use play to process and learn about emotions, from everyday/typical situations (i.e., separation) to stressful (i.e., a new baby; emergency room visits) and traumatic situations.


     

  • 00:15

    Heart Centered Stories for Kids with Heart by The Melodies – Lyla's Blank Wall

    in Family

    Need a few moments of quiet time for the kids? Something soothing to help them calmly wake up or calmly head towards naptime or bedtime? Come with us and listen in as we tell tales of heart, adventure, fun exploration with characters to love! 


    Original stories made up on the spot through the imagination of Miss Jeannine with the occasional talented storytellers and songwriters guests that kids love based on The Melodies Life Readiness Lessons for Preschoolers! Perfect for naptime or bedtime, these social and emotional heart felt stories are available live each Saturday morning or archived on demand listening for your child ages 2-8. Coloring pages for the shows are available for download on the Heart Centered Stories website. Come join in the fun and open your heart to Heart Centered Stories today!


    This week’s story idea is: Lila's Blank Wall


    Inspired by The Melodies Expression with The Melodies lesson: Express Yourself!

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