But, first let’s make sure the choice is really YOURS! When I meet with a family, I always ask them to share their parenting values with me, and I aim to honor these values. Some families have very set values, while others say they, “sort of wing it.” Both are valid paths of parenting. In this post, I want to highlight genuine choices versus choices made from shame, self-doubt, or fear. I work … [Read more...] about YOU Get to Choose
One of the biggest misconceptions about sleep training is that it is something we do to the child, and that it is the child’s job to learn this new skill. This is unfair to the child and dismisses the fact the making sleep changes is a big shift for everyone. Parents and children are both working hard and stepping outside of their comfort zones to create positive change for the entire family. If … [Read more...] about Sleep Work is Teamwork
The answer to this question is, YES! However, there is a lot of information out there that cause parents to question otherwise. Below is a list of well-meaning but shame inducing resources. Well-meaning friends who want to share what has worked for them. Parenting and discipline philosophies that claim to have the best methods. Books written by pediatricians on breastfeeding and … [Read more...] about Are you a GOOD Parent?
When parents enter my infant yoga classes or pediatric sleep lectures, the chatter I hear in the background often consists of the question of whether to put a newborn on a schedule or follow her lead. One mama is anxious about missing a feeding for her 4 week old, fearing a sleepless night. Another is worried that if she does not bedshare or breastfeed on demand, she will set up an environment … [Read more...] about Debunking the Mixed Messages around Infant Sleep and Helping Parents Find What Really Works for Their Family
We all know it happens. Our children become romantic, dehydrated, ravenous philosophers as soon as we mention the phrase, “bedtime.” My daughter acts like she hasn’t eaten all day. Two nights ago, she told me she was hungry right before she closed her eyes. The reality is that she had just eaten an entire small cheese pizza from Papa John’s, minus the crust. I called BS (and referred her to … [Read more...] about The Never Ending Excuses at Bedtime and How to Nip them in the Bud
This morning, my child was being completely stubborn about what she wanted to eat. As her parent, I have choices and responsibilities. I wanted to see her side and completely give in. After all, some parents have trouble getting their children to eat anything. In extreme cases, kids even need a feeding therapist to establish positive mealtimes. In reality, I was just trying to find an excuse so I … [Read more...] about YES, Validate your Child’s Feelings! But, Avoid Getting Stuck in an Emotional State! Parenting with Empathy and Compassion