The Shockingly Easy Way to End Power Struggles with your Toddler

The Shockingly Easy Way to End Power Struggles with your Toddler

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It only recently dawned on me that toddler power struggles and happening more and more often with my 20 month old.  (I know, I know…ALMOST 2…I just can’t quite bring myself to believe that yet…).

All of us are laid back in our house.

But the power struggles still happen.

I’ve been finding that they can be surprisingly easy to avoid.  With a little creativity and proactive parenting.

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The Surprisingly Simple Way to Slow Your Mornings

Slow mornings for moms

Ah, mornings…they can be hectic, hurried, and downright stressful!

I don’t know about you, but as soon as my eyes open I start running through my to do list for the day in my head.

Not the most relaxing way to start the morning.

I’ve found that this makes me anxious, hurried, and starting the day with the feeling of scarcity.

There’s just not enough hours in the day to get it all done!

Or so my worried brain tells me.

I’ve been on a mission lately to slow our home.  To slow me.

I’m tired of always feeling rushed, and hurried, and having my mind go a million miles a minute with what I need to do next.

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The Real Reason Girls Need Courage

Why Smashing the Glass Ceiling Isn't It

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I watched a TED talk about raising girls with courage recently that got me thinking.  I really enjoyed the talk and even saved it to watch again later.

But…

There was something that bothered me about it.  I couldn’t quite put my finger on it and it just kept rolling around in my head.

Why was it bothering me?

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Parenting with the Magic Number 5

The Secret to Building a Great Relationship with your Child

Have you heard of the golden ratio of 5:1?

Turns out that this is the ratio that determines whether you have a positive or negative relationship with someone in your life.

I know I DEFINITELY want to have a positive parenting relationship with my child, and I bet you do too!

What makes 5 so special?

Well, it turns out that parents are human.

If you’re like me, you try your best to be a good mom which includes being loving, patient, kind, and empathetic.  All qualities that I hope my daughter learns by watching me.

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Teething Naturally: The Best Natural Ways to Relieve Teething Discomfort

Awesome Natural Teething Solutions Every Sorta Crunchy Mom Needs

Even before you become a parent you hear the dreaded T word: TEETHING.

Then you have your own child.

And you see the true torture that is a teething child.

As miserable as you are dealing with your suffering baby (and yes, teething does start that early in case you’re still in the non-parent camp) it’s so much worse knowing that they are in so much pain!

We all hate to see our children in pain.  It cuts us to the core.

But, if you’re working on providing more natural living for your little one, what options do you have to help them?Continue Reading →

6 Tips for Breastfeeding Success

How to make breastfeeding easier

I know that breastfeeding, formula use, and pumping can bring out the most passionate of mommy wars.

I mean, we all want what’s best for our babies and family so, of course there will be strong opinions on this topic.

I’ve done all three (with the same baby, too!) .  I would love to share my experience and tips with you if you would like to breastfeed your baby but are struggling right now.

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5 Ways to Make Flying with Your Toddler Bearable

tips to make traveling with a toddler easier

We recently took a family trip with Little Miss which involved quite a bit of flying.

We hadn’t taken her on a plane since she started walking and I was more than a little bit concerned how she would do sitting on my lap for such a long time now that she was a toddler (we had 2 flights, one of which was 5 hours long!).

Luckily, my aunt used to be a flight attendant and had lived in Hawaii when my cousin was little so she knew just what to suggest to keep Little Miss entertained!

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Getting things done with your baby

Even on the hard days

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We’ve all had those days (weeks, months) where all your baby wants is to be held.  It can feel absolutely exhausting!  It’s emotionally draining to be so needed and the to do list just keeps growing.  It’s pretty hard to load a dishwasher while holding a baby.

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Why I Don’t Mind Getting Up at Night

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One of the top questions everyone loves to ask a mom with a new baby is: “How is Baby sleeping for you?  Are they sleeping through the night?”

This question may send you into a panic if your baby isn’t sleeping through the night yet.  This is especially true if the question comes from your pediatrician.

At nearly 8 months in to this parenting gig, my baby (usually) doesn’t sleep through the night.  Surprisingly, I’m more than ok with it.  Let me tell you why and maybe help you feel better about your baby’s sleeping habits.

One Mom's Perspective on Infant Sleep (and lack of it!).  If your child doesn't sleep through the night, you're not alone!

 

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