Category: Parenting

Learning To Cope With My Baby’s Crying

Several years before becoming a Mum I went to stay with a dear friend who had recently given birth. When her baby was crying at times when she wasn’t hungry or cold or wet, she simply held her in her arms and listened to her, reassuring her that all was well. I found this fascinating.

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One (Fun) Way to Survive Grocery Shopping With Kids

Going grocery shopping with my kids always ends up being a nightmare. Historically, I’ll have two kids running up and down the isles playing tag and screaming while the third one is walking next to me nagging about all the different things she wants. Due to me struggling to keep them close and avoiding them

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Why Telling Your Birth Story Can Help In Your Parenting

This week Elle and Abigail are telling their birth stories… Now, why would they want to do that? Birth can engulf us with emotions that linger way beyond the time our children are babies, but we rarely have an opportunity to talk about the feelings we had. What we felt then, how it shaped up

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To The Mama Whose Birth Did Not Go to Plan: You Are Not a Failure

Dear Mama, If you have had a birth experience that did not go as you hoped or planned, it’s not selfish to have negative feelings about it. Even though you, or the people around you, may expect the joy of the new baby to erase any negative feelings about the birth, your feelings matter. Birth

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These Five Things Make for Happy New Parents

Having a baby is like moving to a new country. We have lots of questions as we get to know this new person in our lives and many feelings can surface for us in the days and months that follow our new arrival. Sometimes we feel an enormous love when a new baby is born,

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Parent Struggles: My Partner Doesn’t Want to Co-Sleep

Dear Hand in Hand, My son is 18 months old and most nights I end up falling asleep in his room with him. I’m enjoying our closeness and don’t particularly want to stop sleeping with him (I know at some point, he’ll be pushing me out all together!), but this arrangement means I’m sleeping away

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Why Is Self-Care Vital in Caring Professions? (Replay)

Does parenting cause caregiver stress syndrome? How can parental burnout be prevented? Listen to this call replay for a discussion of these questions and learn tools to help professionals caring for families care for themselves, too. We want to help professionals build parental muscle for self-care while child rearing, and to learn how to pass

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Special Time Helped Me Support My Son’s Big Ideas

I was on Special Time duty one particular weekend and had done 20 minutes with each of my younger two children. Next, it was my oldest son’s turn. He’s 7. Originally he’d said he wanted to play football, which I quite enjoy doing, although I find it exhausting, but then at the last moment he

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