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Parents of young children and parents-to-be: you're in the right place! This podcast takes a kind and respectful view of your child's development during pregnancy and first 3 years. Host Ann McKitrick brings a unique perspective through 30+ years as a child development professor, parenting coach, teacher educator and mentor and most importantly, as a parent. Subscribe now for expert interviews, insightful advice, and real stories about raising a little one in the world today.

Go to https://nurturednoggins.com/ for show notes, downloads and resources for each episode.
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Parenting in the First 3 Years Ann McKitrick, MS

    • Kids & Family
    • 5.0 • 17 Ratings

Parents of young children and parents-to-be: you're in the right place! This podcast takes a kind and respectful view of your child's development during pregnancy and first 3 years. Host Ann McKitrick brings a unique perspective through 30+ years as a child development professor, parenting coach, teacher educator and mentor and most importantly, as a parent. Subscribe now for expert interviews, insightful advice, and real stories about raising a little one in the world today.

Go to https://nurturednoggins.com/ for show notes, downloads and resources for each episode.
Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/ann-mckitrick/support

    Six Quick Tips for Toddler Parenting Struggles with Gabrielle Holt

    Six Quick Tips for Toddler Parenting Struggles with Gabrielle Holt

    You’re doing it all... working a job you love, taking care of littles, finding time for the big things that matter. But right now, at this moment, all you need is just to get to work on time. You’re dressed, packed up, and all set to go when your toddler starts World War 3 as you’re trying to get them out the door.

    Why does your kid resist today what she was perfectly fine with yesterday?

    We may never really understand, but in this episode we’ve got some tried and true tips for some of the most common places that parents find exasperating: getting out the door, into the car seat, getting your child to eat, taking the iPad away when time is up, and getting those darn shoes on.
    Gabrielle Holt is the Birth-through-3 Coordinator at the Montessori Country Day School in Houston, Texas. She joined me for this episode to bring her perspective and 10 years of experience to tackle these everyday toddler struggles.
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    • 31 min
    Finding Guidance through Faith and Prayer with Bunmi Laditan

    Finding Guidance through Faith and Prayer with Bunmi Laditan

    Parents around the world find comfort and guidance in their spiritual faith, even during the hardest of times of their parenting journey. Prayer, journaling, and reflection are powerful tools that can bring peace during turmoil and a sense of direction on those days you feel lost.

    In this episode, I talk to award-winning author Bunmi Laditan about how parents can use their faith to ease the worry that comes with being a parent. Her new book, Help Me God, I'm a Parent is a collection of poetry that gives voice to the vulnerable thoughts that everyone has about parenthood, but may be afraid to say out loud. These lyrical prayers echo the same fears, joys, delights, loneliness, regrets, and love that caretakers hold in their hearts.

    Bunmi is a Webby- nominated writer from California who lives in Quebec, Canada, with her family. She has contributed to the New York Times, Parenting, and the Huffington Post and is best known for the satirical Twitter account Honest Toddler.

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    • 21 min
    The Power of Smell in Attachment with Jude Stewart

    The Power of Smell in Attachment with Jude Stewart

    Everyone knows that special newborn smell. And if you haven't experienced it yet, you've no doubt heard about it. Mothers young and old can recall the smell their children had during the first few weeks of their life. It's one of those things that sticks with you forever. But do fathers experience it the same way mothers do? And what about the babies - what role does smell play in developing an attachment to their parents?

    In this episode, I talk to author Jude Stewart about the importance of smell in raising babies and toddlers. I learned how the smell of our children changes with each developmental stage, and how that affects our role as their caretakers. It's all so fascinating!

    Jude has written three books, most recently Revelations in Air: A Guidebook to Smell (Penguin Books, 2021), along with pieces for The Atlantic, The Wall Street Journal, The Paris Review, Quartz, The Believer, Fast Company and many other publications. You can find her on Twitter and Instagram. If you'd like to read more of Jude's writing on the science of smell, check out her article in the Wall Street Journal, What Your Smell Says About You.

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    • 29 min
    Babies Need Diversity: Fathers and Attachment with Dr. Josh Thompson

    Babies Need Diversity: Fathers and Attachment with Dr. Josh Thompson

    Fathers play an important and complicated role in their family. Not too long ago, fathers were expected to provide financially, and not much else. Boy how things have changed! Now, a father is considered a good one if he takes an active role in parenting and keeping house, splitting the responsibilities and duties with his partner. How can fathers learn from the way things used to be while embracing the new way of parenting? How can they interact with their babies and toddlers to create lasting bonds?

    In this episode, I talk to Dr. Josh Thompson about the crucial role that fathers play in creating diversity in a baby's life, plus how their partners can support and encourage the unique bond between father and child. Dr. Thompson is a Professor of Early Childhood Education at Texas A&M University. His professional mission is to promote and protect child-like wonder and love of learning in everyone he meets.

    Check out the full show notes here!

    Looking for ways to bond and play with your baby? Grab my free guide: 20 Ways to Play with Your Baby & Toddler, filled with activities for your child using regular household items!






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    • 30 min
    Debunking Breastfeeding Myths with Erica Campbell

    Debunking Breastfeeding Myths with Erica Campbell

    Breastfeeding. It's one of the most controversial topics concerning motherhood. And no wonder - it's both communal and extremely personal, there are so many expectations surrounding it, and when you're first getting started, each session can feel like a make-it-or-break-it moment. So how can new and expectant mothers keep a level head and weed through all the breastfeeding myths flying at them?

    In this episode, I talk to board-certified Lactation Consultant Erica Campbell about the biggest breastfeeding myths currently making the rounds, plus how new moms can navigate the world of information available to them while still trusting their instincts.

    Erica is a registered nurse and mother of two, currently residing in Houston, Texas. For more than 10 years, she has helped families with their lactation and breastfeeding journey. You can find her on Instagram and YouTube.

    If you or someone you know is expecting, check out Birth School! Erica was one of my featured experts and answered all the burning breastfeeding questions.

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    • 21 min
    Keeping a Growth Mindset While Parenting with Estelle Giraud

    Keeping a Growth Mindset While Parenting with Estelle Giraud

    When you have a growth mindset, you believe that your abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work (compared to solely relying on brains and talent). Many expecting parents think if they can just read enough books and do enough Googling leading up to the birth of their child, they'll be prepared for everything to come. Too bad that's not how that works. In order to become better parents, give our children more meaningful experiences, and make deeper connections with them, we must have a growth mindset. But what does this really mean, and what does it look like in day-to-day parenting?

    In this episode, I talk to Dr. Estelle Giraud, a PhD Scientist, leader in biotech and frontier medicine, and mother to a toddler. We chat about her transition into parenthood, and how her intuition has served her better than her book smarts. Estelle is a wonderful example of how keeping a growth mindset, and instilling one in our children, can create a more enjoyable, enriching, and developmental parenting experience.

    If you or someone you know is expecting, check out Birth School.

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    • 25 min

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