Parenting

Stranger Anxiety in Babies

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When your baby first comes home, he does not have a sense of self. In a nutshell, he thinks that you are he and he is you. He smiles at the feet and hands he sees waving without realizing that they’re his. As your baby grows and becomes more aware, he gradually begins to figure out that he’s his own little person with his own body, his own emotions, and…

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Parents Need Sleep: 5 Sleep Tips for Tired Moms (and Dads)

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I know that I don’t write about adult sleep often, but I think that sometimes it’s okay to talk about something other than our babies. After all, we parents need sleep, too! I came across some interesting research this week, from a surprising source: Estee Lauder. While it’s no surprise that a lack of sleep can have serious consequences for your health, the researchers at Case Western Reserve University Medical…

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The Essential Happy Baby Secrets

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Nowadays, there is far more emphasis on test scores, milestones, and ‘keeping up with the Joneses’…but what if that’s not enough to ensure that we raise happy, well-adjusted kids? As a parent myself, I can say first hand that while test scores are important for getting into college, and milestones are important to ensure no developmental delays, they are not the key to happiness. Rather, these stressors are just that:…

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The Top Reasons Time Out Doesn’t Work

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I know that I normally talk about sleep, but sometimes it’s a good idea to take a departure from that to focus on other parenting questions. In fact, I’ve received numerous questions about behavior, most commonly, what to do when your children misbehave. Having children is wonderful…except when they’re frustrating, challenging, and just won’t listen. I talk to so many parents who are so very tired of nagging, yelling, and…

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7 Essential Infant Tips For New Parents

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This guest article was written by Heather Irvine,Certified Gentle Sleep Coach, Postpartum Doula, Newborn Care Specialist, and Certified Lactation Counselor There is nothing more magical and exhilarating than becoming a new parent. Those first few weeks are filled with wonder, amazement, and pure joy as you get to know your baby. Through the years, I’ve given birth to five children of my own, and have spent numerous hours consulting with…

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Prince George Knows the Importance of Involved Parenting: 5 Ways to Be an Involved Parent

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A lot has been said about the royal baby. If you’ve been following the news, no doubt you’ve seen loads of articles and tips for the new parents. What stood out most to me, though, was a little article by CBCNews that focused on the royal parents and their intent to be hands-on with their baby. I have to say that I applaud them. Involved parenting is hard, but rewarding…

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Handling the Sleep Training Guilt

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As parents, we are bombarded with well-intended advice. Nearly every parent has a friend, family member, or co-worker who is convinced that they have the answers. This seems to be especially true of anything to do with helping your baby sleep. When it comes to sleep (and sleep training), everyone with kids (and some without) has an opinion. And it happens to every mom. When my daughter was an infant,…

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Why “Should” is the New 4-Letter Word in Parenting

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Article written by Jennifer Denzel, Gentle Sleep Coach  If I had a dollar for every time I have heard a parent say, “I know I should be doing _________”, my children’s college education would be paid for!  There seems to be a trend among parents to not only feel guilty for the things we have done, but for the things we think we should be doing.  It’s not enough to…

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The Sleep Lady’s 5 Steps to a Happy Family

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I recently came across an article by Bruce Feiler entitled 5 Secrets to a Happy Family. Although he claims to not make lists, and that his ‘secrets’ aren’t really secrets, I found the article to hold quite a bit of truth, and a very comprehensive list…for older children. And that got me thinking. His list is good, but what about all of the parents with babies, toddlers, and preschoolers? So,…

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