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© copyright David Tarradas Agea from Spanish Without Words with permission from its publisher Meadowbrook Press.

Big Changes in Maternity Care


Picture of Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn

Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn coauthor, Janelle Durham, details some of the major changes, chapter by chapter, in the latest edition of the best-selling guide in her Transition to Parenthood blog

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19th Annual Poetry Olio

2016 Poetry Olio

And don't forget to stop by Bruce Lansky's booth for autographs and fun! 

He'll be at booth #2500 at the International Literacy Association 61th Annual Conference 
July 9-11 at Hynes Convention Center in Boston, MA.

We hope to see you there!

Newfangled Fairy Tales review

Newfangled Fairy Tales

Lilyn from Sci-Fi and Scary reviewed Newfangled Fairy Tales Book #1 and called it "utterly delightful. ...a great collection of contemporary fairy tales that will delight adults and children alike."

You can read the full review here.

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"I Wrote a Book"

I Wrote a Book by Robert Pottle

Paper Doll Chain

Paper Doll Chain

© copyright Trish Kuffner from The Preschooler's Busy Book with permission of its publisher Meadowbrook Press.

Rally for Kids

Kansas City fans, join the authors of Discipline with Love & Limits at the "Rally for Kids" concert on June 1 at Park Place in Leawood.

The first 100 parents will recieve free copies of the book and the authors will be available to sign and answer any parenting questions.  Click on the poster for more information.

Rally for Kids Children's Concert

Most Popular Names of 2015

by Bruce Lansky

Every year the Social Security Administration releases the latest baby name popularity information. Here’s what I think are the most interesting and salient trends from the past year.

  1. The Top 10 Names

Girls: Emma, Olivia, and Sophia maintained their rank order of #1, #2, and #3, as did Mia at #6. Ava, Abigail, Charlotte, and Harper each moved up a notch to #4, #7, #9, and #10. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s “crowning” choice to name their daughter Charlotte last year undoubtedly helped that name’s rise in popularity. Isabella and Emily each fell a notch to #5 and #8. Just like last year, Emily is the only name in the top 10 that ends in an “ee” sound. I expect Emily to quietly slip off the top 10 list in the next year or two.

Boys: The top 6 boys’ names maintained their rank order from last year, as did Alexander at #8. However, the rank order of the remaining three names changed, with James rising two notches to #7, Michael falling two notches to #9, Daniel falling out of the top 10 to #12, and Benjamin entering the list at #10. Notice that five of the top 10 names have biblical roots and five use soft consonants (e.g., Noah and Liam).

  1. The Next Ten Names

Girls: Every name on the next 10 list changed rank. Names that rose two or three positions included Amelia (#15) and Grace (#19). Names that lost two or three positions included Madison (#11), Sofia (#14), and Avery (#16). Notice that of the two names on the next 10 list that end with an “ee” sound (Avery and Chloe), only the one that didn’t feature the letter y rose in rank.

Boys: Two names on this list that had strong gains were Lucas (+3) and Oliver (+13). Notable declines included Daniel (-2) and Jayden (-5). Considering Olivia’s #2 position on the girls’ top 10 list, I wouldn’t be surprised if Oliver moved onto the boys’ top 10 list in the next few years.

  1. The Top 100 Names

Girls: The names that made the biggest gains were Hazel (+42), Aurora (+37), Alexa (+31), Quinn (+29), Mila (+19), Eleanor (+18), Violet (+17), Stella (+15), and Riley (+12). Notice that four of these names end with an “ah” sound and only one ends with an “ee” sound (Riley). The names that took the biggest hits in popularity were Annabelle (-35), Alexis (-21), Arianna (-16), Peyton (-16), Aubree (-16), Hailey (-13), Gabriella (-11), and Anna (-10).

Boys: The names that made the biggest gains were Theodore (+27), Ezra (+26), Lincoln (+21), Mateo (+21), Grayson (+16), Sawyer (+16), Hudson (+15), and Oliver (+13). The names that took the biggest hits in popularity were Ayden (-13), Brandon (-11), Jason (-11), Evan (-9), Tyler (-9), Andrew (-8), Joshua (-8), Jayden (-5), and Kayden (-5). Notice that rhyming names Ayden, Jayden, and Kayden all declined, which suggests they and all their variations are falling out of favor.

  1. The Top 1,000 Names

Girls: The fastest-rising names were Alaia (+2,012), Meilani (+1,836), Aitana (+1,721), Aislinn (+1,385), Taya (+1,107), Adaline (+1,029), Briar (+#597), Zelda (+512), Thea (+312), and Addilyn (+208). The fastest-falling names were Annabell (-500), Anabel (-500), Cindy (-343), Anabella (-333), Aranza (-324), Anabelle (-272), Elsa (-201), Annabel (-174), and Annabella (-139).Note that many variations of Annabelle—a name currently in the top 100 but whose rank change was -35—lost favor. Also of note is a name that fell off the top 1,000 list: Isis. In Egyptian mythology, Isis is the goddess of love and fertility. In 2014 the name ranked #705. Now the name brings to mind ISIS, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, which likely explains why the name’s popularity has plummeted.

Boys: The fastest-rising names were Riaan (+1,360), Huxley (+392), Wilder (+360), Canaan (+271), Kaison (+251), Omari (+198), Matteo (+182), Kyrie (+172), Killian (+163), Adriel (+148), Legend (+144), and Beckham (+129). The fastest-falling names were Arnav (-666), Jayse (-257), Neymar (-240), Rylee (-228), Brenden (-187), Gannon (-120), Jase (-77), Jayceon (-63), Peyton (-50), and Jonathon (-41). Knowing that Jason was losing popularity on the top 100 list, I wasn’t surprised to see that less popular variations of that name also lost favor.

For Bruce's latest musings on names and naming check out his blog, Baby Names in the News.

100,000+ Baby Names is available now.

Are nicknames going extinct?

100,000+ Baby Names

Bruce spoke to the Chicago Tribune about his thoughts on the decline of nicknames.

"Why do nicknames like 'Shorty' seem to be going extinct?"

For Bruce's latest musings on names and naming check out his blog, Baby Names in the News.

100,000+ Baby Names is available now.

This Mothers’ Day, Thank a Caring, Supportive and Protective Mom

Do you discipline your child with punishment or discipline with love and limits? This Mother’s Day, pledge to parent the “love and limits way”—through positive, practical and proven strategies that lead to raising caring, respectful and responsible healthy kiddos and adults. The evidence is clear and profound in this Mother’s Day message. Parenting actually is healthcare—and can help prevent your child from developing mental and physical health issues…or can contribute to her developing aggressive tendencies and anti-social behavior, as well as cancer, diabetes, obesity and more. This Mother’s Day message is a gift to us all…to unwrap every day of the year.

This Mothers’ Day, Thank a Caring, Supportive and Protective Mom

Psychologist Jerry L. Wyckoff, Ph.D. and journalist and parent educator Barbara C. Unell are the co-authors of the new book, Discipline with Love & Limits, and seven other books. Find them at www.Raisedwithloveandlimits.com and on Facebook at Raisedwithloveandlimits. 

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