Many women worry about leaving their older child when they go to the hospital to give birth to their baby. It doesn't help that labor is by definition unpredictable in both timing and length, making it even harder to prepare a child who is often little more than a baby himself.
So far, the love I have for this baby can be equated to the love I would feel, say, for a cute, puffy, bunny rabbit that might come to our house to visit on a regular basis. I am very attached to him, and I want him to get strong and healthy...
Although sophisticated advertising claims the DVDs teach babies to understand and speak earlier, no independent research has supported this claim. Recently, however, a University of Washington study of 8- to 16-month-old babies reported that the babies who watched baby DVDs understood FEWER words than those who did not watch them.
Positive Discipline starts by having a good relationship with your child, so that he responds to gentle guidance as opposed to threats and punishment. The most effective discipline strategy is to make sure your child wants to please you.
Ah, pregnancy insomnia again. Wonderful. The weirdest thing is that I am really tired, but the minute I lay down, my eyes are wide open and I can't sleep. So I guess I'll just dither around until I'm super-exhausted!
I made a small (one and a half minutes) video montage of our journey so far to our little miracle! You can watch it here. It was fun seeing my belly progression as I went through the pictures. It's amazing how far this little baby has come!
Understand that your children are not her children. More than likely, your friends will adore your children. However, you cannot expect that they'll love your offspring quite as passionately as you. My friend Ashley puts it like this: "While I may love your children and want to know about what happened at preschool, I don't need to know everything."
She seemed nice, but Tim thought it was weird that she got nervous during our consultation. He said if she's used to talking to nurses and doctors she shouldn't be nervous answering our questions. But I disagree with that. This was a job interview of sorts to her.
I think every baby is a miracle, regardless of gender. Also, having tried for two years, I think I'm just ready to be a mom! I was a little worried that we didn't have any boy stuff and we had ALL girl stuff, but it's worked out just fine. Baby stuff hasn't broken our budget... yet.
I keep having dreams about Baby Boy, and I'm really eager to find out if he will look in real life like he does in my dreams. In my dreams he has a head full of unruly black hair, tan skin and the most adorable cheeks!
Parents often ask me how to help kids develop good values. Quite simply, kids learn what they live. Tomorrow is Earth Day, which would give us a perfect opportunity, if we weren't already so busy. Want to be part of the solution, rather than part of the problem?
Talk explicitly about your values and why they are important to you. What IS integrity? Why is respectful behavior important in a church, synagogue or mosque? Helping children interpret the world is a crucial responsibility of parents.
For most of this past week, Tim and I were on our babymoon. It was also our fifth anniversary! Where has the time gone? Feels like just yesterday we were two goofy kids in high school. Now we're two goofy adults with a kid on the way.
But no one is born with good judgment and the ability to make wise decisions. Good judgment and decision-making skills develop from experience combined with reflection. Your goal is to give your child experience in making decisions, and make sure she has the opportunity to reflect on them and learn.
For the past week or so I have been really eager to get started on the baby's room and get it all put together. Then tonight, while I was in the shower, I started scrubbing away at the tile because I wanted it to be clean. Could it be the start of a nesting phase?
Since becoming a mother, breastfeeding has become one of my favorite subjects. Breast feeding comes with its own learning-curve, triumphs, and culture. It's fresh. It's local. And for many of us, both moms and babes, it's all the rage.
Ultimately, love is the only leverage we have with our children. Even if they worked, fear and "Because I say so!" only last for as long as they can be physically enforced. Every parent knows how fast children grow; fear works for a very short time if it works at all. Love, on the other hand, becomes a more effective motivator over time.
My goodness, the achiness of the glorious third trimester has already begun to set in. My back especially hurts so bad! It's so weird, I can actually feel the bones in there (especially around my pelvic area) moving around and grinding together.
Baby Boy has been super active lately! I think he's really trying to enjoy his last few months as my tenant. I love feeling those kicks! It's just so reassuring, and I feel like I know he's safe and warm and happy. Makes me feel safe and warm and happy, too.
If your parents used spanking as a discipline method growing up, you may have reconciled yourself to their behavior by justifying it: You came out ok. You may even think there is no other choice for managing kids who are "a handful." How else do kids learn?