The Stress Free Picky Eating Solution You Will Love

The Stress Free Picky Eating Solution You Will Love

Babies 0-12 months, Nutrition, Parenting, Toddlers 12- 36 months
It's pretty normal for children to be selective about what they eat. Picky eating can be just a phase, especially in the toddler and preschool years.  Even if it's normal, picky eating can bring up worries, frustration and big power struggles. Here is the good news: There are ways for you to encourage healthy eating habits, without resorting to demands, struggles or bribes. None of that works in the long run anyways and usually leads to kids dreading meal times. Parents tell me they love this picky eating solution because it's simple, clear and actually something they can follow through. Following through with a solution is often the hardest part of solving parenting challenges right? So Here we go... If you want to feel calmer and more confident about meal times, this information from Elly's Satter, a…
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How to Discipline When A New Baby Arrives and Siblings Act Out

How to Discipline When A New Baby Arrives and Siblings Act Out

Babies 0-12 months, Kids 5 - 12 years, Parenting, Preschoolers 3-5 yrs
I'm having a very trying time with my three-year-old at the moment. He is a very bright, highly spirited and sensitive little boy. His baby brother was born just a month ago so I appreciate he has had a lot of change to deal with lately. But to be frank I am running out of ideas! He is very physical and often hurts me and the baby. I came under a lot of pressure from certain family members to take a firmer stand with him as they believed I was being too soft and rewarding bad behaviour. So reluctantly, I have started using time out even though it doesn't fit with my ethos and I know it is not particularly effective either. I am simply at the end of my…
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Why Positive Discipline is The Best Discipline for Your Baby

Why Positive Discipline is The Best Discipline for Your Baby

Alternatives to Punishment, Babies 0-12 months, Parenting
How To Discipline Your Baby In A Positive Way Responding positively to your baby teaches him to trust you and your guidance. While babies are growing they may do certain things, like spitting, hitting or kicking when upset, throwing food down from a high chair or taking a toy away from a playmate. These behaviors call for your clear, respectful guidance.  To discipline in a way that is effective and helpful to your growing baby (toddler) focus on teaching and guidance. Help your baby trust you and feel safe following your requests. A recent study at the University of Michigan has noted that spanking babies is a common, yet very misguided attempt at disciplining babies. Around 30 percent of one year old babies are being spanked at least once a month…
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A Positive Parent’s Guide to Introducing a New Baby to Your Toddler

A Positive Parent’s Guide to Introducing a New Baby to Your Toddler

Babies 0-12 months, Toddlers 12- 36 months
It’s something you’ve been looking forward to with a lot of excitement. And yes, an equal amount of anxiety. Introducing your new baby to your toddler. You know from experience that the first few months of having a baby are the hardest. And yet,  you are committed to not neglect your older child in the process and do your best to help him fall in love with the little one. But, you have concerns... How to balance the demands on your time to ensure that you can fill your older child’s bucket with attention while attending to the needs of the newborn? How to ensure that your own weariness does not seep into the tentative relationship that is budding between your little angels? What can you do to tip the…
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Your Child Wants You

Your Child Wants You

Babies 0-12 months, Kids 5 - 12 years, Preschoolers 3-5 yrs, Toddlers 12- 36 months
It's easy to think that video games, new clothes and ice cream cones are the way to a child's heart. Parents often mistake a child's longing for toys or begging for snacks as their way of saying what's important. Some kids act out, whine or cry, other kids are more subtle, but the desire is the same -- to know that they are important, loved, respected and an irreplaceable member of the family. And one of the best way to get this message across: Spending quality time together. Barriers to Quality Time Some of you may doubt that your child wants to spend time with you; your child grunts answers to your questions, ignores your requests or spends more time with their friends than at home. It may seem contradictory,…
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When Baby is Fussy: All About Colic, Gas and Feeding

When Baby is Fussy: All About Colic, Gas and Feeding

Babies 0-12 months
A baby's fussiness, colic, gas or other tummy pains should never be ignored. While Babies can easily become upset, the quicker you can understand the problem and alleviate symptoms the sooner your child will calm. The many reasons for a baby’s upset stomach are not that dissimilar to the causes of an upset stomach in adults: lactose intolerance, constipation, overeating, hunger, stress, infection or illness. Additional reasons specific to infants include colic and sensitivity to formula or breastmilk. For some babies, an upset stomach may even be the result of something their mother has eaten before breastfeeding. The hardest part in uncovering the cause of an upset stomach is that babies cannot tell us what is causing the pain or where it is coming from. Instead, parents must listen, tune…
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Soothing the crying baby: How to Tackle the Witching Hour

Soothing the crying baby: How to Tackle the Witching Hour

Babies 0-12 months, Parenting
Crying is how babies communicate and yet, it's not always easy to cope with the witching hour. In this post, Renee Peters is sharing some really wonderful ideas for how to cope in a positive and peaceful way. ** Witching hour is quite normal. When you think about it, a baby has been in a quiet, soothing, relaxing, dim and predictable place for 9 months then they’re not even on earth for that amount of time and are expected to cope with bright lights, loud noises, and everyday life. Consider this… As the day stretches on, baby gets a build-up of over stimulation, maybe a build-up of wind and tiredness, so approaching 5 pm is the time baby gets fussy and demanding. This is when the daily routine changes, when…
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Coping When Babies Don’t Sleep: 10 Ideas to Avoid Crying It Out Training

Coping When Babies Don’t Sleep: 10 Ideas to Avoid Crying It Out Training

Babies 0-12 months, Parenting
Sleep and nighttime parenting is one hot topic when it comes to newborns and babies and even into toddlerhood. This is not a post on tips for sleep training, or intended to start war on nighttime parenting choices. If you hang around the positive parenting connection you know the goal here is to support parents not tear them down.  This post is just about one formerly tired mama sharing how I avoided going down the crying it out/sleep training path in case other parents want to choose this as well.  Letting my babies cry it out, based on instinct and backed by science was just not what we chose for our family. Every so often research will pop up and tell you sleep training is fine, and then another one will come out and say it…
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The 1st Birthday Party! Supporting and Celebrating Your Baby.

The 1st Birthday Party! Supporting and Celebrating Your Baby.

Babies 0-12 months, Help By Age & Stage, Parenting
**This post is by Liza, who is sharing some gentle and supportive ways to celebrate a first birthday!** The first birthday is such an important milestone in your baby's life (and yours too). So how can you avoid the stress that often accompanies such milestones and ensure that both you and your baby enjoy the day? In western culture (as in many other cultures) birthdays, especially children's birthdays, are one of the most significant celebration days. When you think about that moment of birth when your child entered this world, there is little wonder that this is so. When we celebrate a first birthday we are celebrating the miracle of birth and the unique person who was brought into the world on that day. A first birthday celebration is particularly…
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7 Tips For Breastfeeding in Public Stress Free

7 Tips For Breastfeeding in Public Stress Free

Babies 0-12 months, Nutrition
Years ago as a new mom, I was a bit nervous about breastfeeding my first when I was not at home.  I initially resorted to sitting in the car or hiding away in dressing rooms.  But over time I became more confident and relaxed and ultimately, over the last six years, I have nursed three children in restaurants, playgrounds, parks, shopping centers, airplanes, on the beach and many other public places. These are some of things I have learned to do over time that have helped make breastfeeding in public stress free: Nurse as soon as baby signals that she is ready instead of waiting for baby to get a little fussy or crying. By feeding right on cue the chance of baby crying and increasing the stress for both…
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