Author - Kelly Perez

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Smart Love Family Services and The Natalie G. Heineman Smart Love Preschool are based on the Smart Love philosophy which was developed by Martha Heineman Pieper, Ph.D. and William J. Pieper, M.D.  Supported by the latest child development research, Smart Love has been successfully applied by trained professionals in a broad range of settings for over three decades.  Our family services include psychological counseling, parent coaching and seminars as well as consultation to schools, hospitals and organizations. For more information please visit or 

How to handle pandemic behavior


Stomping, slamming, screaming, tears, tantrums — these may be only some of the behaviors parents are witnessing at home right now. It is not an exaggeration that times are very hard for families; parents are doing their best to juggle their lives amid this crisis. But when children are acting out, it only adds to the impossibility of the moment. What can parents do to lead to a happier household? Be S.M.A.R.T.

Stay Positive

In difficult situ...

Posted on May 07, 2020 at 8:00 AM by Kelly Perez

Toilet choosing vs. toilet training: What’s the difference?


There are countless decisions parents have to make in order to raise happy and competent children. But, thanks to a process called “toilet choosing,” there is one decision that parents don’t need to make—when their child learns to use the toilet!

What is toilet choosing?
Toilet choosing allows your child to choose to use the toilet when she is ready to do so instead of training her according to a set timetable.

All children naturally...

Posted on April 17, 2017 at 10:27 AM by Kelly Perez

How to Help Your Baby Sleep

As new and expectant parents, there is so much information out there on how help your baby sleep so you can sleep!  Smart Love relies on an approach that has been in practice for more than thirty years.  Join us on Tuesday, July 25 from 7:00-8:30 PM for the most growth-promoting and effective ways to help your baby learn how to happily and comfortably put herself to sleep and develop lasting happiness in her relationship with you. 

Learn how to:

Become an expert at making your baby...

Posted on July 08, 2013 at 1:00 PM by Kelly Perez

Helping Your Baby Sleep

Having a new or not so new baby is a big delight for your family.  Happy as you are to have your baby, one of the challenges is to help her to sleep through the night.  A side benefit for you when your baby masters this developmental achievement is that you, too, will sleep better.

Sleep deprived parents of a crying baby often feel very tempted to let their infant cry himself to sleep so that they will be able to get some rest.  It is understandable how exhausted parents of a newborn c...

Posted on July 12, 2012 at 6:00 AM by Kelly Perez