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Parenting tips

November 25, 2005 EST | Parenting

I faced a challenge when we started a family: my husband, Bill, had no domestic skills. He wanted to share parenting. His flexible hours as an academic allowed him to help at home. But he could barely boil an egg....

A little girl with a big question

November 16, 2005 EST | Parenting

A few nights back, I was enjoying the nightly ritual of combing out my daughter's long hair after her bath. She always engages me in thought-provoking conversations during this time. It's become a special bonding session for us each evening,...

Are you raising a complainer?

November 16, 2005 EST | Parenting

People hate to wait. Have you noticed that? We hate to wait in lines. We don't like to wait for our meals. We get angry about slow cars in front of us on the road and so much more. This...

Mommy & baby: Parenting tidbits

September 17, 2005 EST | Parenting

There are many issues which new parents are bombarded with and many things they are expected to know immediately. None of this is fair, as most new parents are simply trying to care for their baby and get some rest....

Helping new parents and infants transition

July 31, 2005 EST | Parenting

Of all the research done on childcare and early childhood education you'd think someone would do studies on the fear that make couples looney in the head after they become parents.The biggest thing for a new parent is fear. Fear...

Lose your patience, not your anger

July 28, 2005 EST | Parenting

So when was the last time you lost your patience with your children? To answer that, would you be looking at your calendar or the second hand on your watch? The problem with having children is that by the time...

The sleepless challenge

July 20, 2005 EST | Parenting

For me, it was “welcome to motherhood”. Ready or not, I was in for a wonderful experience. But my first challenge was to overcome the first few months of literally no sleep. It was my first baby, and I felt...

The best and worst of motherhood

July 18, 2005 EST | Parenting

Until the moment I became a mother, I couldn't quite understand or comprehend the depth when people say “Mothers are the strongest, most noble and loving people in this whole wide world” It’s just a whole bunch of cliché stuff...

Committed parenting

July 16, 2005 EST | Parenting

When you think about it, probably the one thing that our children need most in order to grow up feeling loved, happy, and empowered enough to give of themselves to others is our commitment to them as parents. Our children...

Foods to avoid while breastfeeding?

July 05, 2005 EST | Nutrition & Health , Parenting

Women in our culture are sometimes advised to avoid spicy or "gassy" foods when nursing. Or they are told that chocolate, citrus, carbonated beverages or dairy causes problems in all nursing babies. As a breastfeeding educator, I often see women...

Why reading matters?

June 30, 2005 EST | Education , Parenting

The purpose of this article is to say that, yes, it's true, reading really is important, and that there are some solid reasons why that is so. Let's begin with the practical benefits and then move on to the less...

Appropriate divorce parenting practices for toddlers

June 01, 2005 EST | Parenting

Toddlers, toddlers, toddlers! Very young, seems don't understand what is happening yet their development may be affected by parental divorce. During the first three years of life, children grow quickly and become mobile, learn language, begin to understand how the...

Read together with your baby

May 30, 2005 EST | Child Development , Parenting

Imagine sitting your baby in your lap and reading a book to him for the first time.How different from just talking! Now you're showing him pictures. You point to them. In a lively way, you explain what the pictures are....

Playing baby computer games

May 26, 2005 EST | Education , Parenting

Imagine cuddling up with your small child to look at a picture book together that is interactive, musical, responsive and talks to you? This is the experience that people are having who are engaged in that relatively new pastime –...

8 gifts of parenting

May 23, 2005 EST | Parenting

No one who has hugged their child can doubt the gift of a child’s presence in their life. The love that is expressed in that simple act is one of the most profound ways that we experience love in this...

Parents as role model

May 15, 2005 EST | Parenting

Are you being the person you want your children to be? Many parents today really try to be better parents than their parents were. They attempt to be there for their children - to listen to them, support them, spend...

Signing with your baby

May 09, 2005 EST | Child Development , Parenting

A conversation between my 18-month-old son and I is one that a passerby isn't likely to forget. There have been countless meals at restaurants where my family has been the subject of curious glances, stares and even questions from perfect...

Brain coordination creates intellegence

May 07, 2005 EST | Child Development , Parenting

We all want our children to be smart. Though the basic intellegence was already determined biologically when we were born, there are many activities we can pursue that will contribute to the better development of a child brain, which ultimately...