His attitude driving you nuts? She knocks your parenting ideas? You often wonder, "Why didn't I see this before?" The answer is twofold -- you didn't see it because: a) you never looked, you never discussed, you never shared ideas and expectations; and b) you were blinded by your fantasies and assumptions so...What can new parents do?
I felt glorious and I was loving being pregnant. So, you can imagine my surprise when I went into pre-term labor at 34.5 weeks. I was in the car and all of a sudden knew something was weird. I said "I'm in labor" before I even had my first contraction.
When I was a young girl, I always envisioned how my name would look as a 'Mrs.' Over and over, I would write the last name of my most recent crush in every color imaginable, in every shape, cursive, print, within hearts and without, tacking 'Mrs.' onto the front.
by Colleen Pelar, CPDT, CDBC
If your child watches television and is able to talk, you are probably being inundated with your child's requests for the amazing things being shown on television. Remember, those companies pay people large salaries to create those ads your child is falling for. They are accomplishing their goal. But at what cost to you?
These days, families are always on the go, whether it's off to daycare everyday or to visit friends and family once in a while. Here are some strategies to help you prepare for your baby's meals on the go. Start with six golden rules for serving Fresh Baby food away from home.
We all know how difficult it is to stay in shape and find time to exercise -- but most especially for parents with babies or small kids. There's the sleep-deprivation factor, lack of time and priority changes. So what are the options for busy parents?
Here's something that may really surprise you: As much as we may want our babies to sleep through the night, our own subconscious emotions sometimes hold us back from encouraging change in our babies' sleeping habits. You yourself may be the very obstacle preventing a change in a routine that disrupts your life. So let's figure out if anything is standing in your way.
While the goal is for every baby to be born healthy and at full term, the reality is premature birth, also known as preterm birth, is the number one obstetric problem and the number one cause of death for newborns in the United States.
I believe it's that overall style or pattern of action rather than a specific decision that will most affect a child's behavior. Generally, psychologists have found that there are two main components of parenting styles.