Thursday, February 27, 2020

Myths About Speech Delay in Children

Myth #1: Boys take longer to develop speech than girls. Fact: Speech and language development occurs at similar rates in boys compared to girls, typically before the age of 3 years old.  Myth #2: It is normal for boys to have a delay in language. Fact: Language delay should...

McDonald’s For a Family Fun Activity?

I never thought I would say this, but I think McDonald’s in moderation (once a month for us) can be great for families. Before having Madi, the only time I would eat McDonald’s was on road trips. On cold nights when my husband and I both finish work late, one of the most fun and time-efficient activities we discovered...

Signs That Your Child May Have a Speech Delay

When Madi was 15 months old, we were at a play area and we met a little girl who was 16 months old. This little girl was speaking at a toddler level!  She was speaking in almost full sentences and knew her first and last name. At 15 months, Madi could only say “Mama,” “Dada,” “Boo-boo” (her...

Should We Use Soothers (Pacifiers) For Infants?

Before I became a mother, I did not realize how attached an infant can be to their soother. Madi loved her soother, and we lovingly nicknamed it “soo-soo.” Madi would reach for her “soo-soo,” call out for it, and we always make sure we had it in her diaper bag. Then one day, at around 8 months...

Guest Post: Toddler Morning Routines

Morning routines with children are hard! Waking up, eating breakfast, and getting out the door and into the car on time can be challenging and frustrating for parents and children, alike. So much so, that meltdowns, yelling, and tantrums can all be part of it.  As a child psychologist, I also understand the impact...

Does Learning Two Languages at the Same Time Cause Speech Problems or Speech Delay?

Dr. Mom blog explores if learning 2 languages at the same time result in speech delay or speech problems
Growing up, I was fluent in Cantonese and I want my daughter Madi to be fluent in Cantonese. I once heard from a friend that learning two languages may negatively affect speech. Is my friend right, can learning two languages at the same time increase the risk of speech problems or speech delay? Will...

How To Get Your Toddler To Stop Using A Pacifier/Soother?

When Madi was 8 months old she suddenly decided that she was done with her soother and never looked back. That is, until I became pregnant with our second baby. The past few months I have caught Madi opening up the soothers I purchased for the new baby and putting them in her mouth. If I found...

What Is Swaddling and What Are The Risks and Benefits?

As a first time mom, I had no idea how to swaddle or why we even swaddle babies. Fortunately, I learned how to swaddle 2.5 years ago with Madi and was ready to swaddle George when he was born! I now explain swaddling to parents as wrapping your baby tightly in the shape of a baby burrito. 

Guest Post: Preparing Your Older Child for a New Baby

Our daughter Madi has been the center of my husband's and my life since the day she was born. Our family, friends and nanny have commented about the significant adjustment that Madi will have once our baby boy arrives. I asked a friend and colleague Dr. Sarah Nunes, who is a mother...

Becoming bilingual: How to help your child learn another language?

Dr. Mom blog explores how to help your child learn another language and become bilingual
It is very important to me that Madi is able to speak both English and Cantonese. I try my best to speak Cantonese with her at home, but it's hard as my husband only speaks English. Here are someways a child can learn another language and become bilingual. Becoming bilingual through simultaneous bilingualism: