Archive for February, 2016

Pretty clever parents……..

Posted on February 22, 2016. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , |

I love witnessing parents rocking parenting, maybe the hardest job in the world, with no proper training.  One is instantly a parent, arguably beginning at being pregnant. Here are a couple of examples of amazing parents and parenting in action!!  Got something to share of when YOU ROCKED as a parent?  Let me know and I will gladly post it.  

Overhead:  a Dad talking to his whiney, maybe 4 year old as they walked along the street.  She was not to be swayed and whined for him to “hold my hand.”  “I would love to,” he replied and his little daughter’s face transformed into a smile.

Overheard:   a Mom trying to entertain maybe a 1-year old and a 4-year as Dad placed their food orders at the counter.  Both children were hungary and the 4-year was very impatient as Mom tried to engage him in conversation and distraction until the food was ready.  “What can I do?” he kept yelling.  “Be in the present,”  Mom replied.

 

 

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Tongue-Tied

Posted on February 16, 2016. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , |

 

Note:  If you suspect any issues health wise with your baby or babies, check with your physician right away.

Sometimes an infant will have trouble latching on to breastfeed and the problem might because he or she is tongue-tied.  It is a simple test to find out if that is an issue for your little one.

Make sure that the nail on your little finger is short so you will not scratch the baby. Gently put your little finger into his mouth beginning either right or left side (your choice may be influenced by whether you are right or left handed).  Gently sweep your little finger under baby’s tongue to the opposite side of his mouth.  If you cannot make the sweep easily, baby may be tongue-tied.  Check with your doctor to confirm and the doctor will decide how to best handle the situation.

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Keeping in Touch with your Relationship

Posted on February 12, 2016. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , |

When raising two, three or more babies at a time, it can be a challenge for even the most devoted and loving couple to find time to focus on their relationship.  A relationship can unintentionally be derailed as we change, burp, feed, bathe, dress, play, clean up after all those babies, and maybe a toddler as well and then start the list all over again.  Throwing in a load of laundry or two and making meals takes up any remaining “free” time.

It is important to keep in touch with your relationship as well as looking after the children. If you don’t want things to fall apart between the two of you, it will be imperative that time be scheduled for just the two of you.  It doesn’t have to be a long involved dinner date (or that would be great if you can manage it), but it does need to be “you” time.  Here are some ideas of how you can keep in touch with each other:

  1.  Keep the lines of communication open.  If either of you is feeling overwhelmed, let the other know.  We all “hit the wall” from time to time and letting your partner know you are running out of steam nips things in the bud and allows the other to offer some type of support instead of noticing a bad mood and assuming that you are upset with him/her.
  2. Don’t over criticize each other.  There are many different ways of doing something and letting the other handle things in their own way, as well as appreciating the time they are taking with the children and their resulting blossoming relationship, puts a positive spin on everything.
  3. Try to do something just the two of you at least once every two weeks.  It can be a coffee out with grandparents or a babysitter taking the home front for a half hour, or a date night, or spending time together after the children are in bed.  Share a glass of wine, foot rub, talk or just sit together.  At some point you may feel comfortable in taking in a movie.
  4. If you need something done by the other, don’t expect them to read your mind.  Ask for help if a couple of babies need to be changed.  And be appreciative afterwards.
  5. Don’t limit your contact to just each other.  Having an outside connection is healthy and offers some balance to child-rearing.  Ideas might include coffee with friends, a sports game, exercise, and such. There is a risk in only staying home and thereby becoming isolated.
  6. Be kind and caring towards each other.   As the saying goes:  you get more with honey than with vinegar.  Laugh together at every chance.  By following this simple suggestion, we also set a great example for our children to be good to each other.

 

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Parenting Realities….

Posted on February 4, 2016. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , |

There is no such thing as “The Perfect Parent.”   Most days we are “Really Good Parents” and every now and then we are “Great Parents!”

If you are having a challenging day, don’t beat yourself up.  Tomorrow is another day with no mistakes in it.  You can start again.  Be gentle with yourself.

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