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I Refuse to Use Punishments or Rewards to Teach My Child Better Behavior

I don't use rewards like toys, candy, or money to motivate my child. I find that without treats and prizes, she gains more self-confidence and better values her personal achievements. But I didn't always feel this way.  Read the rest here on POPSUGAR
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I Secretly Breastfed My Baby on a Schedule Because I Was Afraid of the Mommy-Shamers

Breastfeeding on a schedule worked best for my baby, but I quickly learned not to talk about it. Breastfeeding mothers often rely on babies' hunger cues and shun schedules. But the clock's guidance actually transformed my colicky infant into one who was happy, alert, and even met her milestones more quickly. Read the rest here on POPSUGAR

I Almost Quit Breastfeeding Until I Discovered Motherlove Nipple Cream

Finding the best nipple cream may have saved my breastfeeding journey from ending within weeks. I had no idea how painful nursing would be for me, especially since my baby had a poor latch. In the end, I made it through and ended up nursing for two years and four months. I came to love and cherish breastfeeding, but I almost didn't make it past the first month. Read the rest here on POPSUGAR

Why Didn't Anyone Ever Ask Me About Postpartum Anxiety?

“Have you been depressed or thought of suicide?” The question rolled off the doctor’s tongue, and I smiled and shook my head on cue. I had heard it about seven times over six weeks after having my baby girl—from NICU nurses, our pediatrician, my lactation consultant, and now from my OB at my 6-week checkup.  They all rattled the question off, and I always smiled and said no. Depression has never been much of a friend of mine, and after having my first child, I was on the other end of that spectrum. I was so happy I felt a constant sense of bliss and euphoria. Between the postpartum and breastfeeding hormones flooding my system with oxytocin and soaking in the concept that I did this—I had a baby, my life’s goal complete—there was no depression. None. But there was anxiety. No one ever asked me about that.  I never even asked myself. It’s very difficult, for me at least, to reflect upon my emotional or mental state while I’m in the middle of experiencing it. I can see it in retrospect…

Tone of Voice to Use When Disciplining Kids

Many parents use a stern voice while disciplining, but an empathetic and understanding tone is actually more effective. The key is to be genuine about it.

Discipline is one of the hardest parts of parenting, in part because we love our kids and we don’t want to see them suffer. Sometimes, in an effort to shield them from negative emotions, parents are too permissive. These parents don’t really discipline at all. Sadly, kids without sufficient structure and consistency grow up to be less-well equipped to handle adulthood. 

Many parents do realize the need to discipline their kids. They understand that holding kids to behavioral expectations is part of being a loving parent. However, these parents often interpret that to mean that they should use a stern voice or even yell at their kids when correcting their conduct.

In truth, shouting or speaking with a harsh tone is not the best way to discipline. Bearing in mind that “discipline” means “to teach”, consider the fact that this approach ac…

Parenting Advice Backed by Research

How frustrating is it when parenting advice directly conflicts with other parenting advice?? Sticking to research-backed tips clears the confusion. Here are a few!

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Feeding Your Toddler Right for Good Sleep

I learn all my best baby sleep tips from the amazing consultants at Sleep Wise Consulting. For our sensitive little girl, paying attention to what she ate helped so much with her sleep. Check it out:  Eating the right foods (and avoiding the wrong ones) can significantly impact how well your toddler sleeps. After age one, babies’ nutritional needs shift, and it’s easy to unwittingly cause sleep problems by offering the wrong foods at the wrong times. There are two major changes in a baby’s dietary needs after her first birthday. To begin, milk is no longer the primary source of nutrition, but rather solid foods are now more important. Secondly, cow’s milk can be introduced. When you start cow’s milk, you’ll wean formula. But cow’s milk is not simply a replacement for formula. It plays a very different role in a toddler’s diet, and it needs to be offered in a new context. Read the full post over at Sleep Wise's page