Separation Anxiety is a Normal Part of Development

Separation Anxiety is a Normal Part of Development

Babies quickly learn that other people are vital to their happiness and their survival, which means that they form very strong bonds with their caretakers! Unfortunately, babies don’t have the ability to understand fully how the world works. They don’t know what makes people appear or disappear, and they don’t know if beloved people will come back ever again once they are out of sight. Craving closeness to their caretakers is something that babies do to protect themselves from these potential losses.

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Self Care Doesn’t Always Mean Time Alone

Self Care Doesn’t Always Mean Time Alone

It’s often said that self-care is vitally important for a busy parent. It’s common for moms and dads to juggle a million tasks every day. They are constantly busy and consequently stressed and often short-tempered. They tend to their children’s needs, their own work and responsibilities, with rarely a moment to themselves. 

Self-care is a vital way to keep the engines going. It can mean taking a jog around the block, meeting a friend for coffee, taking a yoga class, or spending an hour working on the car in the garage with your music blaring. Taking care of yourself is not selfish – it’s the way to fill your own needs so that you can, in turn, take care of everyone else.

But here’s one point that is often missed when discussing self-care: It doesn’t always mean time alone.

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Co-Sleeping: Making it Safe

Co-Sleeping: Making it Safe

If you decide to have your child sleep with you, either for naps or at nighttime, and you’ve found how to make co-sleeping work with your family, it’s important to follow these safety guidelines to protect your baby. People have a lot of opinions and “what worked for me” stories — but do your homework and make safe choices. 

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Using the Magic Word when Parenting

Using the Magic Word when Parenting

Day in and day out, parents are teaching their children to use their manners; but all too often, parents forget to use those same manners themselves. Parents make the mistake of modeling the exact opposite of what they’ve been teaching, which makes their parenting lessons much less effective. Or they take the opposite approach and are not direct enough.

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Helping Mom & Dad Get Better Sleep, Too!

Helping Mom & Dad Get Better Sleep, Too!

Everyone talks about ways of establishing better sleep habits for your children, but oftentimes as parents we neglect our own sleep. As you learn important things about children’s sleep, hopefully you come to realize that better rest can benefit you as well.

After working so diligently and patiently on your child’s sleep problems, you may want to take some time to improve your own sleep as well.

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Sit or Stand? Tips for Potty Training Boys

Sit or Stand? Tips for Potty Training Boys

Many aspects of potty training are the same for boys and girls alike, but in this post I am going to cover a few unique aspects of potty training boys. Thinking through these tips from the start will make potty training much easier for you and your son.

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Handling Unwanted Advice

Handling Unwanted Advice

Are you getting frustrated with the endless stream of unwanted advice you get from other people about how to raise your child? You may love your friends and family, but how do you get them to stop dispensing all this unwanted advice?

The important place to start is to understand that just as your baby is an important part of your life, he is also important to others. People who care about your baby are bonded to you and your child in a special way that invites their counsel. Knowing this may give you a reason to handle the interference gently, in a way that leaves everyone’s feelings intact.

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