Parents of babies are exhausted, and so most of them WILL fall asleep with their babies at times. When we simply tell parents “don’t do it” we don’t stop it from happening. We do stop parents from being honest with their health care providers, and we prevent them from getting the facts that they need to create a safe sleeping situation. It’s better to acknowledge that bed-sharing does happen and to provide parents with the safety information they need.Read More
When I had my very first baby, over twenty- five years ago, I immediately and irrevocably became a tender mother. I did not believe that my baby—or any baby—should be left to cry it out to sleep — ever. I thought it was a cruel and heartless way to treat the tiny little love of your life, and I could not understand how anyone could do it. However, I also believed that babies need their sleep, and so do their parents.Read More
Parents of newborns are very tired people. Sleep becomes their holy grail. In their blurry-eyed state they sometimes they ask really crazy questions. Can you sleep train a newborn? is the one of the irrational questions that sleep-deprived people ask. Here are four reasons that that question doesn’t make any sense:Read More
Does your child move at an excruciatingly slow pace? Do you find it frustrating when you need to get somewhere and you’re rushing about – yet you have to keep prodding him along?
Children live according to a much slower clock than we adults do. They are not thinking about what they are doing next, they are just enjoying each moment. Why can’t we all live on “kid-time?” Kids are looking at the color patterns in the carpet, looking at their toes, watching the cat sleep and so much more. But since we cannot live on “kid-time” here are some ideas to keep things moving along.Read More
How can you get your kids to cooperate and do the many things they must do from morning until bedtime? Here are some tips for a happier household.
Don’t hint at the tasks you would like done, such as, “It would be nice if somebody helped me clean up.” Don’t make it sound as if agreement is optional by starting your sentence with “Could you” or “Would you?” or ending your sentence with, “. . . Okay?” Make your request clear, short and on point, “Please put your dishes in the sink and wash the table.” or “It’s time to gather your homework and come to the table.” Make sure that your statement is clear and that it will identify what is needed or describe the problem without a lecture.Read More
Think about it
“You’re a poopy-head!” Children find references and jokes about private body parts, waste products and body sounds hysterically funny. At a very young age they have figured out that certain words have a distinctively forbidden aura. Many children go through the phase of exploring these words. While normal, it still is socially inappropriate, and the sooner you take action, the sooner it will stop.Read More