Apprehensive about your mother-in-law's upcoming visit? Try out the Artichoke Principle. Getting to the heart of a problem might not make your mother-in-law disappear but understanding each other's core yearnings gives a new vocabulary to navigate her visit and to support each other's dreams.
Having gone through it once before, there are some things I want to share with and warn my friends about, certain aspects of the whole pregnancy and childbirth thing that come solely from the male point of view. After a few discussions with some of my other friends who are already fathers, there are a few things we all agreed new fathers should know.
Rhona Berens offers guidelines that can help new dads make the transition to fatherhood.
Conflicts skyrocket after birth; 90% of couples report a drop in relationship satisfaction after their first child; perpetual issues appear more frequently post-birth. Learn how you can beat the odds and make your fantasies-of-post-baby-relationship-bliss become reality.
Buckling up for a drive? There's new advice when it comes to car seats and booster seats. Both the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the American Academy of Pediatrics are recommending parents keep their kids in those seats longer.
The goal is to be brief and accurate. Provide your children with the specific information they're seeking. If you fail to give them information, if you fail to debrief, children's brains will fill in the blanks. Better to fill in those gaps yourself with factual knowledge than to have your children fill them with their imaginations.
It's a subject that pregnancy books tend to gloss over and prenatal classes frequently choose to ignore -- the possibility that you might give birth to anything other than a picture-perfect baby. Consequently, those couples that do end up giving birth to babies with special needs can find themselves feeling shocked and alone.
When children misbehave, our gut reaction is to do whatever we can to stop it and stop it fast! There are big problems with this approach. Instead of reacting, have your response focus on the core issue and teach the child how to resolve that core issue through positive behavior.
There are many philosophies about giving birth. Some support a completely natural experience with no drugs. Some tout the benefits of certain structured breathing procedures and positions during birth.
Breastfeeding is widely accepted as the best way to get your infant the nutrition he or she needs. It is a beautiful natural process which women and babies have been doing for centuries.