Welcome to Positive PlayTime! Let’s play, learn, laugh & grow together!

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Positive PlayTime is part parenting class, part interactive playgroup.

We sing silly songs,
create art together,
jump around the room like animals,
and learn cutting-edge positive parenting tools
affirmed by the latest brain science.
Most importantly, we support one another to believe in ourselves.
And the power of parents everywhere to create a better world
by having more fun in our lives and raising children who thrive. 
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Self-Care Techniques During Pregnancy

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Most prenatal mamas understand the importance of regularly seeing their doctor throughout pregnancy. And it’s common knowledge that certain supplements (iron, folic acid, etc.) should be added to the pregnant woman’s diet. But aside from this, many American women are unaware of how to boost their own health during pregnancy. In this post, we take a look at some of the self-care techniques pregnant women can follow to make pregnancy more comfortable and enjoyable. And of course, these self-care habits ...

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Chat it up!

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Among all the parenting advice out there, we can all agree that the benefits of reading to your baby are indisputable. Moms who constantly goo-goo and ga-ga to their infant are no longer seen as crazy. Even the parents narrating every detail of life–“Look little Timmy, thereʼs a tree and a squirrel!”–arenʼt viewed as an overachiever.

But, a recent NY Times article suggests cooing and simple narrating might not be enough. In “The Power of Talking to Your Baby,” Tina Rosenberg says you should ...

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Breastfeeding Support for ALL

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In honor of Oregon Washington Lactation Association (OWLA)and Northwest Mothers Milk Bank (NWMMB)’s upcoming ‘The Scientific and Evidence Base for Skin-to-skin Contact’, on May 31st, 2013 we wanted to open up the floor for you to share your breastfeeding stories here. Whether you love, hate, or didn’t get the chance to breastfeed we want to hear your stories and offer a place of support. Sometimes just writing your feelings down and offering ...

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Self-Care for New Moms ~ Yoga Instructor Insights

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During pregnancy, self-care is often at the forefront of our minds, and we’re more likely to prioritize nurturing practices such as prenatal yoga, prenatal massage and rest and relaxation in general. Once baby arrives, nurturing your little one takes center stage, and it’s easy to let mama-centered activities fall by the wayside. Here are some (quick and simple) ways to heal and strengthen your postpartum body, revitalize your mind and enjoy this new, beautiful stage of life:

Take a Five Minute ...

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Hang in there new parents! Research sheds light on your babe’s brain development in the first three months, and why the way you respond to their crying is so important. What helped you make it through those first few weeks with your new baby?

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Understanding how the infant brain develops can provide some much neededencouragement to new parents. In a nut shell, babies are born incredibly under-developed. Most other mammals can get up and run within minutes of beingborn—we take months to even roll over. Your newborn is completely and utterlydependent on you for EVERYTHING, and the only way she can tell you she needs youis to cry. Sometimes, a lot.
The way you respond to her crying lays the groundwork for her future ...

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In honor of Father’s Day, let’s celebrate the role of fathers at birth

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As the author of Father‘s at Birth, one of my missions is to prepare and support men for labor and birth. To that end, I work with couples and offer clear practices and guidelines that work in the heat of labor. However, in honor of Father’s Day, I would like to honor men by sharing some experiences that men have shared with me.

Let’s celebrate the importance of the father’s experience. And let’s communicate to him that he has to find ...

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The Scoop on Cleanses

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Because we realize it’s a bit hard to understand the benefits, reasons and results of a cleanse we thought it best to ask our resident nutritionist and holistic health coach Jill Muhm-Glover and get the real answers.

Jill, what is the deal with all the spring cleanses/detoxes that I hear about everywhere?  What exactly is a cleanse/detox and why are people so into them?  Is it just a bunch of hype?

Jill: Great question!  Yes, there is a lot of ...

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Ask the Massage Therapist: “Help, I Woke Up This Morning and I Can’t Move My Neck!”

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We’ve all done it.  The alarm/toddler awakens us and before we are even up, we realize something is restricting the movement of the neck.  Before you take a temporary pain blocker, or pull your hair out in pain, here is some guidance to help ease you back into full range of motion.

*Alternating hot-cold therapy pumps an infusion of blood through the affected area to release debris that may be preventing free movement.  Begin with hot: take your microwaveable heat pack and place it on ...

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