Dev Peds Village Was Designed for YOU (and here’s why)
Mom guilt. Overwhelm. Confusion. Stress. Many moms today struggle with these.
The thing is, it doesn’t have to be this way. Many of these are about concerns that are not based on actual scientific evidence on child development.
We see Pinterest photos of kids’ playrooms. Our own child’s playroom is not like that. Instagram photos of elaborate arts and crafts completed by other kids, while our own kid would just probably smear the paint all over the floor or his face. Our Facebook feed shows us what other moms do for their kids – perfect bento boxes of school lunches shaped like an entire play set, elaborate homecooked meals, vacations at the beach or out of the country. It takes some perspective to realize that every family’s situation is different. We are happy for them, and we are in no way putting down the work that they do, but it does not mean that we should be compelled to do the same.
Bloggers tell us what we should be doing and what products we should be buying. Articles on the internet tell us about hidden dangers lurking about somewhere, anywhere from your drinking water to your daughter’s breakfast cereal. While there are legitimate dangers that parents should be aware of, we need a reliable process to help us identify what these are and what we can do about them, in a way that does not stress us out.
I am tired of looking around and seeing all these posts that are adding to mom guilt and parental stress. So many people are struggling with it. While there are many solid resources that provide good evidence-based information (we will link to them too in this site!), some of them may sound technical and not as appealing as the sites that are designed to be more sensational.
So I decided to build it. Let me explain the what’s, why’s, and how’s right now.
Dev Peds Village Was Designed for Parents of Young Children Who Want Accurate Information
If you are looking for a miracle cure, this site is not for you. If you are looking for fast and easy results like: toilet train your child in a weekend, teach your toddler to read in a week, let your child watch these videos and he will learn to talk, let your child drink (insert any vitamin/supplement/milk formula here) and he will grow up smart/learn to talk/stop having tantrums – you will not find that here. Why? Because they are not based on the evidence. There is no proof that they work. Worse, they might end up harming your child. Forcing your child to do something that he is not developmentally ready to do will be stressful for both you and your child, and can end up harming his self-esteem.
While we will not give any claims for quick results, we hope that we can help you decrease the stress in your life, so you can focus on the more important things. There is no short cut to spending daily, quality time with your child. There is no replacement for you actually spending time on the floor playing with her every day. You do not have to do this all day, but work it into your routine.
If you are starting out as a new parent, and you want to know how you can help your child’s development in a way that is backed by science, this site is for you. If your child was recently diagnosed with a developmental disorder, and you want help with what to do next, then we can help you. You may already be bombarded with many suggestions from well-meaning friends and relatives, and also from many websites, about products or treatments you can try that promise to be miracle cures. You know that you need to be skeptical about them and you wish there were a good way to evaluate those claims. If so, you’re in the right place.