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In this episode I am talking to Dr. Jenicka, a Neuropsychologist & Clinical Scientist who made it her mission to help moms with evidence-based mental health and toddler tips. Today we are discussing:Different reward systemsWhy do reward systems have such a bad reputationThe benefits of using reward systemsHow can a reward system work for something like potty trainingFind Dr. Jenicka on Instagram @drjenicka.
Today on Monday Mornings with Dr. Mona, I had a Mom call asking if learning two languages simultaneously hinder or delay language development. To answer that question I explain:Common misconceptions about bilingual upbringingWhat to watch out for if you speaking to your child in multiple languagesAnd a method I recommend 
In today’s episode I’m talking to Susie Allison, the woman behind Busy Toddler. As a  former teacher and mom of 3 kids, she is an advocate for early childhood education and made it her mission to bring hands-on learning and play back to childhood, support others in their parenting journey, and help everyone make it to nap time. We discussed the following:Why it’s okay not to love playtimeWhy you don’t need to play with kids all day long Not all kids are great at independent play from the startHow to use playtime/awake time to complete choresFind out more about Susie Allison on her website Busytoddler.com or via Instagram @busytoddler
On this episode of Monday Mornings with Dr. Mona, a mom calls in because her 22 months old daughter has started to wake up at night screaming and she is unsure if this is separation anxiety, a nightmare, or a sleep terror. I’ll explain the difference between a common sleep regression, nightmares and night terrors, what causes them to happen to toddlers, and how to support them.
In this episode I am talking to Jenna Helwig, the food director at ‘Real Simple’ magazine, the mom of a 1 one year old and author of 3 fantastic cookbooks. Besides others she wrote the number one bestseller ‘Baby Led Feeding’ and that is the main reason I’m so excited to talk to her about:What is baby-led weaning?The biggest mistakes while baby led weaningHow to make the process more simple and enjoyableHow to simplify food preparationThe difference between meal prepping and meal planning Favorite supermarket shortcuts How to minimize food wasteFind Jenna Helwig online at jennahelwig.com or get her amazing cook books Bare Minimum Dinner and Baby-Led Feeding.
This may be my favorite Finding Joy episode for you: 5 ways (values) we can bring ourselves more joy and peace as a mom.This episode tackles our emotions and values, the way we view ourselves, and the way we view struggle to give ourselves more grace and peace through our parenting journey. 
On this episode of Monday Mornings with Dr. Mona, a mother of a 2 year old calls in about how to make brushing a toddler's teeth happen without a fight I normalize this common phase in kids and explain ways to approach this with Five Tips to Making Brushing Teeth Fun and not a Fight If you have a question (parenting mindset, development, behavior, or a parenting question) for Monday Mornings with Dr. Mona, call it in to 954 526 2641 and I may answer it on a future episode.  
On this episode I welcome Dr. Jessica Steier, a public-health expert, and Dr. Andrea Love, an immunology expert. They are the hosts of Unbiased Science, a podcast devoted to objective, critical appraisal of available evidence on health-related topics relevant to listeners’ daily lives. We discuss the following: What could have been done differently in this pandemicThe difference between misinformation and disinformationWhat’s next in this pandemicWhy debunking information is so difficult as science-educatorsWhat it means when a pandemic becomes endemic Follow them at @unbiasedscipod on Instagram and visit www.unbiasedscipod.com where they offer a searchable database. Listen to the Unbiased Science podcast wherever you listen to podcasts. 
On this episode of Monday Mornings with Dr. Mona, a mother of a 1 year old calls in to ask bout the impact her postpartum depression can have on the development of her child. I discuss why maternal (and parental mental) health matters and what we see for the developmental impact for kids.A few resources:https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2724169/https://www.rikidscount.org/Portals/0/Uploads/Documents/Issue%20Briefs/3.18%20Maternal%20Depression%20Update.pdfhttps://www.ncsl.org/research/human-services/from-pregnancy-to-postpartum-the-effects-of-maternal-depression-on-mothers-infants-and-toddlers.aspxIf you have a question (parenting mindset, development, behavior, or a parenting question) for Monday Mornings with Dr. Mona, call it in to 954 526 2641 and I may answer it on a future episode.  
In December 2019, we gave birth to our beautiful son. It was under the most difficult of circumstances where both he and I were in the ICU. Over the last 1.5 years, we thought our story would be different but we realized we had secondary infertility from the delivery and complications. In this episode of The Finding Joy Series, I share our story: How we found out we had secondary infertility, the ups and downs of that process, our decision to start IVF, and how Im navigating this emotionally and physically draining process. If you are struggling with anything that is robbing your joy or causing you guilt as a parent, make sure to call it into the podcast at 954 526 2641 and I may discuss it on a future episode!
On this episode of Monday Mornings with Dr. Mona, a mother of a 2.5 year old calls in to ask if it's normal that her son doesn't want anybody looking at his genitalia during bath time/diaper changes.I discuss how to balance body autonomy with the need for parental monitoring/intervention. I also discuss why body autonomy is important AND why we should be teaching children from a young age about normal anatomical names for genitalia. If you have a question (development, behavior, or a parenting question) for Monday Mornings with Dr. Mona, call it in to 954 526 2641 and I may answer it on a future episode.  
I'm sharing a parenting principle of mine that has been a game-changer in creating independence, fostering autonomy, building confidence, and also reaffirming to our children that we are there for them when they need us.It's called the Independence/Intervention Principle and it will change the way you approach multiple parenting situations from infancy and beyond!Tune in as I explain this principle, why it matters, and examples from the newborn months to school-age on how it works. 
On today's episode I welcome back Katherine Sellery, a 3x TEDx speaker, who has taught thousands of parents the Conscious Parenting Revolution  to help them raise resilient, considerate, centered and empowered kids who know their inner voice and honor it.Check out my previous episodes with Katherine: Episode 45: How to be a more conscious parent and why it’s important Episode 93: Why it’s okay to raise kids who are self-centered For today's episode, we discuss the following:  The difference between praise and acknowledgment How to create kids who are self-directed How to raise kids with a fire to succeed that is self-directed Examples of acknowledgement Why being mindful as a parent is important for your child’s success To find out more, visit, www.consciousparentingrevolution.com.  This episode is brought to you by: THE NEW MOM'S SURVIVAL GUIDE: The first digital e-course/community created and founded by a Pediatrician mom to guide you and your baby through their first year.  To find out more and to join, visit: http://pedsdoctalk.com/survival-guide.
On this episode I welcome Dr. Rupa Wong—Pediatric Ophthalmologist, practice owner, mom to three kids, podcaster and YouTuber.  We discuss the following and so much more! The correlation between screen time and visual diagnosisNearsightedness Ages (in relationship to eye development) where screen time should be minimizedGenetic components How parents can balance screen time and eye health Find Dr. Wong online at https://drrupawong.com/. Take her Myopia Management Quiz here: www.drrupawong.com/myopiaquiz and get her additional thoughts on screen time here: www.drrupawong.com/screentime. This episode is brought to you by: THE NEW MOM'S SURVIVAL GUIDE: The first digital e-course/community created and founded by a Pediatrician mom to guide you and your baby through their first year.  To find out more and to join, visit: http://pedsdoctalk.com/survival-guide.
On this episode of Monday Mornings I tackle the ever-frustrating high chair refusal. It is very common in the toddler years and I offer some tips and suggestions to get you through this phase.If you have a question (development, behavior, or a parenting question) for Monday Mornings with Dr. Mona, call it in to 954 526 2641 and I may answer it on a future episode.  
We've all been there.Those days or weeks where you feel like nothing is going right.You're wondering if everybody has it this hard.In this episode of the Finding Joy series, I discuss some tips on getting yourself out of that negative spiral and those moments/days when negative thoughts and energy seem to consume you. If you are struggling with anything that is robbing your joy or causing you guilt as a parent, make sure to call it into the podcast at 954 526 2641 and I may discuss it on a future episode!
On this episode of Monday I discuss 10 principles to promote language development. If you have a question (development, behavior, or a parenting question) for Monday Mornings with Dr. Mona, call it in to 954 526 2641 and I may answer it on a future episode.  
On this episode I welcome @speechsisters (speech language pathology), @themovementmama (physical therapy) and @mammamia_ot (occupational therapy) for a frank discussion around the new CDC guidelines. We discuss the following: Introductions of specialties: speech language pathology, occupational therapy and physical therapyConcerns and discussions regarding the new CDC milestone guidelines The "wait and see" approachThe parental role in a child's development So much more! Updated milestones:https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/actearly/milestones/milestones-30mo.htmlInformed SLP opinionhttps://www.theinformedslp.com/review/no-sl-ps-were-in-the-room-where-it-happened
On this episode with Monday Mornings with Dr. Mona, I answer a question about power-struggles with grandparents.Grandparents can have a positive influence on your child's life and vice-versa, but it's also important that you think of your desires and wants as a parent and communicate these with people who take care of your child. Listen in as I discuss some things to consider as you navigate a grandparent taking care of your childIf you have a question for Monday Mornings with Dr. Mona, call it in to 954 526 2641 and I may answer it on a future episode.  
On this episode I welcome Jessica VanderWier, Registered Psychotherapist and creator of the platform Our Mama Village. At Our Mama Village, they share tangible tools to help families with their children’s behavior and help parents develop relationships with their kiddos that will last a lifetime. Today we are discussing generational trauma! In this episode we cover: What generational trauma is and examplesWhy it’s important and why it’s so hard to break Tips for breaking the cycles Follow Jessica on Instagram @ourmamavillage and online at https://ourmamavillage.com/. This episode is brought to you by: THE NEW MOM'S SURVIVAL GUIDE: The first digital e-course/community created and founded by a Pediatrician mom to guide you and your baby through their first year.  To find out more and to join, visit: http://pedsdoctalk.com/survival-guide.
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