Baby Talkin’

Bella Breakdown Baby talk is not so cheap! You might have heard that participating in baby talk is not great for your child’s cognitive development. Well, throw that little factoid out the window. Baby talk is actually really great for children’s development. Studies have shown that using shortened words, or nicknames for everyday objects along with a long vowel sound, have actually helped children create a better overall understanding of language development. There is also something soothing to children when you coo to them, and speak to them in a loving, higher toned manner. Also, at the most basic...

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We Love Our Siblings

Bella Breakdown Growing up, you might have felt like we got stuck with short end of the stick if you had siblings. It was sort of like being on a playdate you never asked for. All the time. I don’t know about you, but I am the middle sister of two brothers. To say we fought was an understatement. Every time my younger brother and I would go out and play basketball, it would usually end in tears and someone would always get the ball stuck under the deck. My older brother absolutely hated the idea of us younger...

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Love, Conflict, And How To Deal

Bella Breakdown No two people can get along perfectly well, that’s just a fact. When we’re in a relationship, it’s almost inevitable that at one point or another there will be conflict. It’s how we deal with that conflict that essentially makes or breaks the relationship. It’s important to remember that you and your partner are two completely different people. You may have similarities, but you are different in the sense that your family lives, past relationships, social experiences, and communication skills don’t always align. Taking this into consideration, it’s important to discuss with your partner what kinds of...

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Phones Don’t Make For Great Parents

Bella Breakdown I think of the days when my mom or dad would take my brothers and I out to dinner. Other than the occasional book brought to the table, we were pretty much always engaged with one another. I guess we were lucky to have never been sitting down, having a meal together during the age of the smartphone. Now, when I’m out with my own child I can’t help but notice all of the other parents nose deep in their phones, not interacting with their child. Now, I’m not saint, I too have been guilty of the...

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Best Tips When Traveling With Young Children

Bella Breakdown I’m not sure which part about traveling with a baby I dread the most. Is it the part where I have to deal with a child who may or may not end up screaming, whilst in a flying tube for hours? Or is it the part where I have to give apologetic glances to the other passengers? Passengers whose own glances are either that of annoyance or pity. Hmmm.. what to decide? It sort of all sounds miserable. Stop the dreading though, parents! There are ways to stave off the impending misery that is traveling with a...

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