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Parenting in the First 3 Years

Parenting in the First 3 Years

By Ann McKitrick, MS

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 nurturednoggins.com/ for show notes, downloads and resources for each episode.
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Parenting in the First 3 YearsJan 17, 2023

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Mom Story: My Experience Breastfeeding vs Pumping Exclusively with Emily Nguyen
May 30, 202312:50
How to Find the Best Childcare Center
May 23, 202326:05
Learning with Fred Rogers Productions with Mallory Mbalia
May 16, 202318:04
Teaching Diversity with Books with Tracey Baptiste

Teaching Diversity with Books with Tracey Baptiste

A great children's book should have a well-crafted story, engaging language, and entertaining illustrations. This combination can stimulate your child's cognitive development, support early reading skills, and foster a stronger connection between you and your child during shared reading time.

During this episode, Tracey Baptiste, a New York Times bestselling author, discusses her recently published book, Mermaid and Pirate. This book has served as a model for Disney's upcoming live remake of The Little Mermaid. It stars Halle Bailey - the first and so far only black Ariel. She wrote this book because she was inspired by her love for the ocean, fantasy, and storytelling. Click here for the full show notes.

Check out all the parenting goodness at ⁠⁠Nurtured Noggins⁠⁠ - free resources, blogs and videos that answer your biggest questions.

May 09, 202317:53
The Simple Interactions Tool: Cultivating Positive Connections with Children
May 03, 202328:16
Mom Story: I Want to Normalize My Mom Struggles with Christine Amerman
Apr 25, 202316:12
How to Make Tummy Time Fun with Michele Napierkowski
Apr 18, 202321:32
5 Simple Ways to Support Language Development
Apr 11, 202314:08
How You Can Become a Mompreneur with Rachel Neill

How You Can Become a Mompreneur with Rachel Neill

Did you know that 4 of every 10 new businesses are owned by women? What is it about parenting that equips moms to be amazing entrepreneurs? How can you create a business of your own?

In this episode, Rachel Neill, a mother of six, answers these questions. She's created several businesses, most recently Figgy, which features a multi-use play couch that provides a versatile and engaging way for children to learn, play, and build amazing forts! You'll learn how (and why) she developed the idea and successfully launched a Kickstarter campaign for it. We discuss the importance of moms as business women and how they're naturally inclined to see a problem, create a solution and make it work - exactly what mompreneurs do.


Here's the show notes.

Check out all the parenting goodness at ⁠⁠Nurtured Noggins⁠⁠ - free resources, blogs and videos that answer your biggest questions.

Apr 04, 202317:03
Mom Story: What It's Like Being a New Mom and an Entrepreneur with Allie Martin

Mom Story: What It's Like Being a New Mom and an Entrepreneur with Allie Martin

Moms love to hear each others' stories and today Allie Martin, an entrepreneur who's a visibility expert and owner of Fame and Fortune shares what it's been like to go from full-time, all-out business woman to full-time, all-out mom to her beautiful newborn baby. Allie shares what it has felt like to fall in love and how being a parent has changed her perspective, plus...

What it's like to create and take maternity leave when you're an entrepreneur How she and her husband had to use their "just in case this happens" plan How Allie gets refreshed as the mom of a newborn to fight fatigue - what's worked for her

Here's the ⁠show notes⁠ for this episode.

Check out all the parenting goodness at ⁠Nurtured Noggins⁠.

Mar 28, 202315:44
Nurturing Children’s Curiosity with Dr. Diane Schnoor
Mar 21, 202324:25
Surviving the First Year of Motherhood with Becky Viera, author of Enough About the Baby

Surviving the First Year of Motherhood with Becky Viera, author of Enough About the Baby

Motherhood can be an incredibly challenging experience, yet many of the struggles that new mothers face are not openly discussed. Becky Vieira's book Enough About the Baby: A Brutally Honest Guide to Surviving the First Year of Motherhood helps new moms understand their experiences and prioritize self-care during the first year of motherhood.

In this episode, Becky discusses the challenges of motherhood and how these problems are often not openly discussed, even among mothers. This can lead to feelings of isolation and inadequacy. We talk about the importance of reaching out for help as a new mother but how difficult it can be to do so. 

Here's a link to the show notes.


Mar 14, 202324:04
5 Myths about Newborns with Deborah McNelis
Mar 07, 202330:59
Mom Story: How I Helped My Only Child Welcome a New Baby with Zlata Stankovic-Ramirez

Mom Story: How I Helped My Only Child Welcome a New Baby with Zlata Stankovic-Ramirez

When she found out she was pregnant, Zlata wondered how she could help her only child welcome a new baby into their very established family of three. After all, they didn't think they'd ever have another baby! In this episode, new mom Zlata Stankovic-Ramirez shares how she and her husband helped Daniel not only prepare for a new little sister, but how they insured he wouldn't feel displaced or insecure about this new little person who would soon make her appearance in the family.

Download 7 Tips for Helping Your Child Welcome a New Baby, based on an article authored by Dr. Stankovic-Ramirez, which will be published in Dimensions of Early Childhood, the professional journal for the Southern Early Childhood Association.

Here are the show notes for this episode.

Would you like to share YOUR parenting journey on my podcast? I'm featuring one story each month and we'd love to hear yours! Email me here to start the conversation.

Download our free tool, 6 Secrets Nobody Tells You Before You Have a Baby to learn what 50 new moms what they wished they’d known before they had their baby



Feb 28, 202321:01
The Greatest Letter You'll Ever Write with Blake Brewer

The Greatest Letter You'll Ever Write with Blake Brewer

Blake Brewer is on a mission to help 1 million dads and moms leave a lasting legacy for their children.

His story is personal to me. When our kids were preschoolers, I had a mom friend with kids the same ages as ours. One day she just had a feeling that she should write her children a letter telling them how much she loved them among other meaningful messages, in case anything ever happened to her. A few weeks later, their family went boating and a terrible accident took her life as they were docking the boat at the end of the day. I know those kids, now young adults, treasure their mother's words to them.

Blake has a similar story and he shares it with you in this episode of Parenting in the First 3 Years.

DOWNLOAD your free Legacy Letter Framework and begin writing your own letter today.

Go to the show notes to find lots of ways to get in touch with Blake. 

Watch Blake's segment on the Today Show where tells the story of his mission to help 1,000,000 parents leave a lasting legacy for their children through a well-written, meaningful letter.


Would you like to share YOUR parenting journey on my podcast? I'm featuring one story each month and we'd love to hear yours! Email me here to start the conversation.

Download our free tool, 6 Secrets Nobody Tells You Before You Have a Baby to learn what 50 new moms what they wished they’d known before they had their baby

Feb 21, 202322:55
Mental Self-Care for New Moms with Colleen O'Grady
Feb 14, 202329:39
The Benefits of Play with Dr. Stephanie Goloway
Feb 07, 202333:40
Mom Story: Why I Took a Break from Social Media with Priscilla Hall
Jan 31, 202316:17
What New Parents Need to Know About Babies and Music
Jan 24, 202318:44
Parenting with a Positive Mindset with Lenora Edwards
Jan 17, 202325:28
New Year Intentions for Every New Parent
Jan 10, 202318:10
The Gift of Parenting: Reflections from Parenting Experts

The Gift of Parenting: Reflections from Parenting Experts

In this season of gift-giving, I'm reminded of what a gift it is to be a parent. In this special episode, 10 parenting professionals reflect on how being a parent impacted their own personal growth, helping them understand and be kinder to themselves through the process of understanding and being kind to their children. 

You'll hear from these amazing guests:

Colleen O’Grady, Host of Power Your Parenting: Moms of Teens Podcast

Steph Pellish, Thriving Through Motherhood

Aysin Karaduman, Host of Redefining the Good Life Podcast

Abbey Heagney, Wellness with Abbey

Ann Kaplan, Parent Coach

Carly Fleming, Postpartum Coach, Fourth Trimester Foundations

Zlata Stankovic-Ramirez, Early Childhood Professor 

Deborah Farmer-Kris, Author and Founder of Parenting 365

Kent McKitrick, Dad Extraordinaire 😍


Here's the show notes for this episode, where you can find lots more resources.

Would you like to share YOUR parenting journey on the podcast? Email me here and let's start the conversation!

Download our free tool, 20 Ways to Play with Your Baby and Toddler to learn about the developmental stages of play, how to interact your child from 0-36 months and the do's and don'ts of playing with your little one.

Dec 13, 202219:19
Wisdom from a Montessori Mom with Maranda Deason
Dec 05, 202220:59
Language Development in the First Years with Lenora Edwards

Language Development in the First Years with Lenora Edwards

Language development in the first years seems to just happen on its own. Or does it really? Will babies just naturally say their first words around 12 months or do parents need to help that happen? It's a great question and one that Lenora Edwards of Better Speech and I discuss on this episode. Lenora gives you great tips on how to support your child's language through exposure to natural conversations and observing others as well as being a part of complex conversations. 

Here's the show notes for this episode, where you'll find links to reach Lenora and learn more about language development. 

Download our free tool, 20 Ways to Play with Your Baby and Toddler to learn about the developmental stages of play, how to interact your child from 0-36 months and the do's and don'ts of playing with your little one.   

Do you have questions about parenting? Schedule a call with Ann McKitrick for a free individualized coaching conversation.

Nov 29, 202225:21
Attachment Parenting Explained with Diane Goyette and Gabrielle Holt
Nov 15, 202226:20
How Your Enneagram Type Affects Parenting with Rochelle Bridges
Nov 08, 202240:54
5 Ways to Soothe a Crying Newborn with Dympna Kennedy
Nov 01, 202220:05
How to Organize Toys with Amanda Liford
Oct 25, 202223:18
What Happens When Your Child Puts on a Costume? Developmental Play!
Oct 18, 202214:57
What to Expect in the Fourth Trimester

What to Expect in the Fourth Trimester

Those first weeks at home with a newborn are beautiful, memorable and well, kinda hard. The minute you walk in the door with your new baby, life changes. And frankly, moms can feel a little uninformed about their own recovery, both physical and emotional, in the first months.

Carly and Meg of Fourth Trimester Foundations are registered nurses who found their passion working in the postpartum & newborn speciality. They met at work and identified that most of their patients, especially first time moms, were completely uninformed about what would happen to their own healing bodies after birth. They decided to change that narrative together by founding Fourth Trimester Foundations.

Carly and Meg are also moms of many littles so they've been right there on the other side of the bed, too. They know the transition to motherhood, even if it's not your first baby, is beautiful, messy, transformative, and full of growing pains.

For full show notes, click here

Download their Postpartum Prep Planner.

I'd love to pray for you and your baby - email me if you'd like that. No strings attached, no follow up or anything. This is just a quiet way for me to support you in your parenting journey. Because no one needs to feel alone.

Schedule a call with Ann McKitrick for a free individualized parent coaching

Oct 11, 202230:12
Making Holiday Plans That Work for Your Child with Prerna Richards

Making Holiday Plans That Work for Your Child with Prerna Richards

Holiday gatherings are coming soon. What do you do when your child screams, clings to you and won't be friendly with grandparents, relatives and friends you haven't seen for a while? In this episode, Prerna Richards tells you why this happens, what's going on developmentally and what you can do to help your child feel comfortable and at peace, even in new situations. 

For full show notes, click here

I'd love to pray for you and your baby - email me if you'd like that. No strings attached, no follow up or anything. This is just a quiet way for me to support you in your parenting journey. Because no one needs to feel alone.

Schedule a free call with Ann McKitrick for personal, individualized parent coaching.

Oct 04, 202227:35
How COVID Changed Children's Lives with Anya Kamenetz
Sep 27, 202218:49
Postpartum Mental Health: Are These Feelings Normal? with Sherry Duson
Sep 20, 202227:40
What Grandparents Need to Know
Sep 13, 202217:40
How to Break Negative Cycles in Parenting with Lorena Seidel
Sep 06, 202239:49
Birthday Party Planning for Babies and Toddlers with Kim Morrison
Aug 30, 202230:25
How New Parents Can Support Secure Attachment with Annie Brook
Aug 23, 202232:56
5 Things to Know About Starting Preschool
Aug 16, 202217:14
How Motherly Helps New Mothers with Liz Tenety

How Motherly Helps New Mothers with Liz Tenety

Liz Tenety, co-founder of Motherly, gives behind-the-scenes insight on trends, what she sees as a big source of struggles for moms, how creating Motherly has influenced her own mothering and how being a mother has influenced her work. 

Enjoy!

Click here for full show notes, with links to the Motherly website, classes and resources.

I'd love to pray for you and your family, email me. No strings attached, no follow up. Just a quiet way for me to support you in your parenting journey.


Aug 09, 202228:40
Exploring Parenting Styles: RIE with Erica Orosco Cruz
Aug 02, 202227:10
The 6 Stages of Parenting
Jul 26, 202224:46
What Does Parental Self-Care Look Like? with Sue Ludwig
Jul 19, 202234:00
How to Talk to Kids About Death with Michele Benyo
Jul 12, 202224:25
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.
Click here for the full show notes!
Jul 05, 202230:45
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.

Click here for the full show notes!

Jun 28, 202220:34
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.

Click here for the full show notes!

Jun 21, 202228:52
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!



Jun 14, 202229:39
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.

Check out the full show notes here!

Jun 07, 202221:10
Keeping a Growth Mindset While Parenting with Estelle Giraud
Jun 01, 202224:22
Teaching Your Child Autonomy at a Young Age with Rae Pica

Teaching Your Child Autonomy at a Young Age with Rae Pica

One of our goals as parents is to raise confident, independent human beings who can take care of themselves so they can one day leave home and start a life of their own. The problem is, today's culture of gentle hands-on parenting is often construed as not letting your child make any mistakes, and doing everything for them. So how can we encourage autonomy in our children from a young age in a kind and supportive manner? What are some things we can let our toddlers do on their own to help build their confidence?

In this episode, I talk to early childhood consultant Rae Pica about ways to develop and educate your child as a whole by letting them take action on their own and make their own decisions and mistakes.

Author of 22 books, including What If Everybody Understood Child Development? and What If We Taught the Way Children Learn? Rae has shared her expertise with such groups as the Sesame Street Research Department, the Head Start Bureau, the National Association for the Education of Young Children, the Chicago Children’s Museum, Mattel, and Hasbro.

Show notes and lots of resources here!


May 24, 202225:29
Creating a Loving Home with Deborah Farmer Kris
May 17, 202223:54
How to Turn Your Kitchen into a Montessori Kitchen with Sarah Moudry

How to Turn Your Kitchen into a Montessori Kitchen with Sarah Moudry

This is part 2 of a conversation with Sarah Moudry. In this bonus episode, we talk about how to turn your family kitchen into a Montessori kitchen so you can encourage hands-on learning during the prep and clean-up of meals.

May 12, 202224:60
Introducing Solid Food the Montessori Way with Sarah Moudry
May 10, 202227:46
Introducing Foods to Infants and Toddlers to Raise Intuitive Eaters with Dani Lebovitz
May 03, 202226:52
The Dos and Don'ts of Developmental Play
Apr 26, 202219:10
Tips for Potty Training with Positivity with Camilla McGill
Apr 19, 202226:02
Trauma in Early Childhood with Holly Elissa Bruno
Apr 12, 202239:29
BONUS: How to Discuss Child Care Issues with Dr. Zlata Stankovic-Ramirez

BONUS: How to Discuss Child Care Issues with Dr. Zlata Stankovic-Ramirez

In this bonus episode, Dr. Zlata Stankovic-Ramirez tells a personal story about her son starting Pre-K, which turned into a difficult partnership between her and the child care provider. She gives some helpful tips on how to bring up issues with your child care provider, and how to create a partnership between you and them.

Apr 05, 202214:36
How to Handle and Prevent Child Care Issues with Dr. Zlata Stankovic-Ramirez
Apr 05, 202232:03
Help Your Baby Sleep Better at Night with Joanna Clark
Mar 29, 202232:03
Four Things to Do With Your Newborn with Deborah McNelis
Mar 22, 202226:60
How to Manage Tantrums & Meltdowns with Diane Goyette

How to Manage Tantrums & Meltdowns with Diane Goyette

Tantrums can be very triggering, leaving us feeling bewildered, impatient, helpless, and ready to throw in the towel. But there's a way to understand and manage tantrums and meltdowns that may bring relief to both us and our child.

In this episode, Diane Goyette of Early Childhood Specialties, shares her insights on tantrums - why they happen, what they mean, and how you can respond to turn the moment into one of connection with your child.

Download our free tool, How to Manage Meltdowns, for tips on how to connect with your child even in the midst of what feels like to them (and you!) major meltdown chaos. 😬

And if you'd like for me to pray for you, your child or anything, simply email me at ask@nurturednoggins.com. It's just a quiet, simple way for me to support you on your parenting journey. 🧡

Check out the full show notes here!

Mar 15, 202227:15
Is She a Good Baby? Exploring Infant Temperaments
Mar 08, 202214:01
How to Hygge With Your Baby with Maria Dior

How to Hygge With Your Baby with Maria Dior

Denmark has repeatedly been voted as having the happiest people in the world. It may be due to this thing called hygge (pronounced hoo-guh), which is a Danish term that means to cozy around together. This hygge lifestyle creates a feeling of connectedness to others, which gives meaning and purpose to life and time with our family. Parents around the world are beginning to embrace this idea, but often wonder how to hygge with their own children and family.

In this episode, I talk to Maria Dior. Maria is a mother to three and an entrepreneur living in Aarhus Denmark. She specializes in health and nutrition for moms and pregnant women and offers online boot camps and courses that teach women how to stay strong and happy throughout pregnancy and postpartum. You can check her out in Birth School, my online course for expectant moms, where she helped create the module on fitness. We talk about her experiences with hygge both growing up, and as a parent now, the role that food plays in the hygge lifestyle, and tips for incorporating hygge into your daily life.

Check out the full show notes here!

Mar 01, 202227:54
Tips for Parenting a 2-Year-Old
Feb 22, 202215:35
Phones & Screen Time for Babies
Feb 15, 202216:07
How to Help Your Baby Thrive When Starting Daycare with Gabrielle Holt
Feb 08, 202227:34
What Makes Babies Laugh
Feb 03, 202216:08
Why "Baby Talk" is Good for Language Development
Feb 03, 202216:40
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Parents of young children and parents-to-be: you're in the right place! This podcast will take a kind and respectful view of your child's development during pregnancy and their first 3 years. Subscribe now for expert interviews, insightful advice, and real stories about raising a little one in the world today. The first three episodes drop on February 3, 2022.

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