What comes to mind when you think about a birth plan? Lists of things you want to happen? Lists of things you want to avoid? Both of those are important. I believe it’s a great idea to go over all the options you have available and all the possible interventions that might be presented to … Continue reading Birth Plan – Try Looking at it Another Way
The postpartum period can be an amazing time of bonding with your new baby. It can also be a very difficult transition. While the baby blues are very common, intense feelings that go beyond 2 weeks might mean a call to your health care provider is a good idea. Here are a few questions to … Continue reading 5 Questions to Ask During Postpartum
Usually lots of time and thought goes into planning for the birth of your baby. But usually not near as much thought goes into planning for the postpartum period. Instead, you may find yourself coming home from the hospital with a tiny human thinking, “What the heck?” Sometimes you can’t believe they let you take … Continue reading 5 Ways to Prepare for Postpartum
"The punishment should fit the crime." I remember having friends that had a permanent time out chair. It was used as the consequence for everything and used many times a day. I remember thinking that it didn’t seem to be a very effective tool. The child didn’t seem to be learning anything from the moments … Continue reading Parenting Tip – You’re Grounded!
I don't believe that anyone should tell you how you should parent your children. That said, here are 5 things I think all parents should do! Reach Out -- We were not meant to parent alone. This is one of the hardest jobs you will ever have and we should have support as we … Continue reading 5 Things All Parents Should Do
Dads are parents too! As we approach Father’s Day, I’d like to thank all dads as they take on the task of parenting. Whether you are a stay-at-home mom, or a mother who works outside the home for pay, there still seems to be a tilt toward mothers being the primary caregivers. This is not … Continue reading Dads Don’t Babysit
I recently spent some time with a couple of parents of young children. We were talking specifically about eating habits and the fact that one of their kids is quite a picky eater. I told them I could relate, as I had once had one of these "picky eaters" who would not even eat most … Continue reading One Bad Parenting Habit to Break Right Now
Just like us, children don’t like feeling powerless. Their reality, however, is that they do not have much power. They don’t get to decide much about their daily schedule, where they live, even who their friends are. This can be very frustrating and can cause more strong-willed children to act out against authority. That authority, … Continue reading Parenting Tip – Which Would You Like To Do First?
It's the big day! Time to bring baby home! And time for your dog to meet your little one! What can you do to make the first introduction go smoothly? The most important thing to remember is to be calm. Dogs can sense when you or others are agitated or anxious and they react accordingly. … Continue reading Puppies and Babies – Part 3
What are some things you can do in the weeks leading up to bringing baby home that can make the introduction go more smoothly? It's important to remember that dogs handle change in different ways, some better than others. First, know your dog and how he responds to new people and situations. Then take some … Continue reading Puppies and Babies – Part 2