Pets today are much loved companions, holding a cherished and protected role within the household. So a new baby is a real jolt to their reality: it changes their position in the family, daily routines, territory and precious time with you, their owner/leader. To smooth this introduction and increase your chances for success you’ll need these tips. (more…)
When your baby gets sick, your mind and heart automatically start racing with concern that the worst could be happening. It’s an emotion you just cannot shut off until your pediatrician calms you and lets you know it’s normal to catch a cold or have a tummy ache. With practice, your baby will fight these germs off with his or her own immune system and you need to let it develop and do its work. (more…)
Who would ever have thought there would be ideological wars over children’s sleeping arrangements? But that’s where we are today with the “family bed” advocates vs. the separate bed/separate bedroom proponents. Somewhere between the conflicting advice of prominent experts and the needs of a spouse who wants a return to the days of adult privacy, and a good night’s sleep there is a solution for each of us to help our children find the way to their very own bed. The answers, fortunately, are not in some child rearing dogma, but are based on what will help you be the best for your baby when you are both awake. (more…)
I’d like to say that dealing with a willful/stubborn/defiant child is an easy-task. And, that after a quick 4-week fix you will “live happily ever after.” But honesty up front is in order. With a willful child, if your wants and the baby’s wants are on the same page, life is very good; but when those wants are not aligned, life is extraordinarily challenging. (more…)
Earlier this year, I met a young woman who signed up with Teach for America, and was working in New Orleans. She brought a lot of passion and intelligence to her work and she loved her students. In talking about her work she admitted to the occasional difficulties with parents. And something she said to a particularly ornery parent really stuck with me. “Ms. Johnson, I am here and ready to teach your child. But you have to bring him to school READY TO LEARN.” (more…)
I don’t believe there is a baby in the developed world that doesn’t enjoy the telephone. Whether it’s old-school, tethered to the wall, or the latest smartphone, children just seem to KNOW that there is something special about that real phone.
Since smartphones are durable and multi-functional, it is possible to let a baby handle it like a toy, especially if you get caught in some waiting room or restaurant with a restless baby in your arms. And that’s what 48% of all mothers with children under the age of 2 actually do. (more…)