My preschooler has learned that simply asking for things or whining usually doesn’t get her what she wants. Instead, she’s developed skilled persuasion and negotiation tactics. These are a few of my favorites—even if they weren’t all successful. Can you relate to these?
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The proverb “It takes a village to raise a child” holds true when potty training your toddler. The process can be easier and more fun when you involve everyone from siblings to grandparents to daycare providers in addition to mom and dad. Here, our Training Partners offer their top tips for getting everyone on board for a potty training team victory.
March is Women’s History Month, so what better time to delve into the history of motherhood and take a look back at the invention of products designed to make being a mom a little easier? From baby bottles to breast pumps, here’s a round up of what 8 must-haves for babies looked like when they were first created.
How long we’ve been trying: 267 days
Number of pregnancy tests to date: 25
How many times we’ve had sex: 73
The strategy: Do the hippie hippie shake
I eat a paleo diet, I drink kombucha, I do yoga. How am I not pregnant yet?
It started slow. I read up on the gluten-free craze and hopped on board the bandwagon after learning how wheat and other grains can cause internal inflammation and aggravate certain medical conditions. When I raved to a friend that my energy levels increased and my nagging stomach issues went away after this lifestyle change, she suggested I add kombucha to the mix.
“Fermented tea has probiotics to improve digestion and boost your immune system,” she explained, holding up a murky jar. “You should drink it daily to help heal any lingering issues with your stomach.”
I quickly went from being a Diet Pepsi-swilling, Oreo-eating young mom to semi-crunchy. I was dabbling in the homegrown world. It felt strange to use almond flour and mix up oddly-colored elixirs in my kitchen, but I was willing to give anything a try if it would better my family’s health and increase my odds of getting pregnant.
Parenting needs its own glossary. We’re constantly developing new phrases in our home, prompted by baby-related situations that beg for their own dictionary entries. Do you relate to any of these situations? Feel free to borrow our vocabulary if you do.
At wit’s end trying to soothe your colicky newborn? Check out the colic-relief tips moms swear by!
Today is the National Day of Unplugging. The event–created by Reboot, a non-profit organization–is supposed to be observed from sundown to sundown, March 7th to 8th. In this 24-hour time period, you are challenged to “unplug,” and that means give up your smart phones, computers, iPads and other digital devices… aka YOUR LIFE. I appreciate the message. In an age where all of us, adults and kids alike, are distracted by technology, we should try to take a breather from it all once in a while and to make efforts to connect with our children and encourage them to do the same with the people around us that we love. And hopefully, this unplugging for the day will help us be more mindful of our use of technology going forward. I mean, that’s great and all, really warm and fuzzy stuff, but I’m not doing it. You see, these digital demi-gods actually help me to bond and connect with my children. They help me to be a better parent, a more efficient person. So, while everyone else is doing trust falls and staring at each other blankly, I’ll be “plugging” the day away. Here’s why.
When I quit my job to stay at home, I thought I knew what I was getting into. I had worked from home for the past five years as an editor for a love and sex website. And when my daughter was born, I juggled part-time work from home with full-time parenting. Working over nap times and in the evenings, then spending the rest of the day with my children, it seemed very straight forward. Of course, with parenting, nothing ever is as easy as you think it will be.