The realities of everyday life often don’t match up to our expectations; however, this seems especially true when you become a parent. There are three main areas where our parenting expectations become out of sync with real life…
Parents tend to paint a picture of what their family life will be even before their first child is born. These daydreams idealize their future family and put focus on the many joys of parenthood.Read More
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Many parents read to their kids as part of the bedtime routine, and it’s a popular pre-bed activity for good reason. Children will lie still and listen to a book, which allows them to relax and become sleepy. Reading is a peaceful way to end the day, and it is key to a child’s academic success. Bedtime reading rituals guarantee that children will get their daily reading time.Read More
Do you have a baby who is only happy while you are actively playing with her? When you leave the room, does she cry as if you’ve left the country? This post will cover why it’s important for your baby to have some independent playtime, and give you a few ideas to help your baby learn how to enjoy her independent playtime, which will provide you with a much-needed break as well.Read More
If you currently feel like bedtime is a stressful, rushed experience for everyone in the family, there is one easy solution! Simply allow more time for bedtime activities so that it can be a calmer, gentler routine.
You will inevitably face problems if you are starting your child’s bedtime routine fifteen minutes before you’d like your child to be asleep. Fifteen minutes is barely enough time to get through the essentials in the bedtime routine if everything goes perfectly, and we all know that putting children to bed rarely goes perfectly. You will not have the time to enjoy the slower pace of a nighttime routine, you will not have time to be patient with your child’s dawdling, and everyone will feel pressured by the time constraint. Your child will pick up on this tension and will respond with additional requests, more dawdling, and meltdowns.Read More
It can be frustrating when your child happily pees on the potty but refuses to use it for bowel movements. Your child might demand a diaper, go in his pants, or hold his bowel movements and cause complications such as severe constipation. This is a fairly typical setback in potty training so this post will cover some ways that you can help.Read More
Research shows that exposure to music from a young age, and musical training, can create new pathways in a young brain. You don’t need to be a professional musician or trained opera singer to give your baby the benefits of music. There are many ways to introduce your children to music, and it is very likely that they will love it! Since music can be good for your baby’s development, here are a few ways to bring music into your baby’s life.Read More