The Discipline Approach That Helps Babies and Toddlers Thrive

The Discipline Approach That Helps Babies and Toddlers Thrive

Parenting
Taking a positive approach to discipline from the very start. Parents often spend a great deal of time in the early days invested in attending and understanding their babies cries and cues. When baby cries, you try to figure out what is needed. When baby is hungry you offer nourishment. When baby is tired, you help him find sleep.  And so, your relationship bond is nourished and trust becomes central to your daily interactions. With each of these interactions, your baby feels reassured, safe, at ease.  And you begin to build an understanding of who your child is, what he needs and how to best respond. Often it’s a trial and error kind of process. A best efforts and patience building, patience draining endeavor. At times it’s very tiring, but…
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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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3 Tools for Nursing Babies Through Bottles

Nutrition, Parenting
**This is a guest post by Miriam J. Katz is co-author of The Other Baby Book: A Natural Approach to Baby’s First Year** Before we become mamas and papas, most of us have an idea of how we'd like to parent. For many moms (and several exceptional transgender dads), breastfeeding is how we see ourselves kicking off a loving parental relationship. But for others, it may not be in the cards, and it might not even be on our radar. While breastmilk is the ideal nourishment for new babies, the reality is that most parents today feed their babies formula at some point. And there are three important tools to build a successful nursing relationship with your bottle feeding baby. Let's start with the basics - what is nursing? While typically…
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Maintaining Connection and Attachment Beyond Babyhood

Parenting
**This is a guest post from Kelly of KellyNaturally** Attachment parenting is often associated with babies and very young children. But what happens when your baby is too big for a sling or your preschooler has weaned? Does attachment parenting have to stop? Not at all. The basis of attachment parenting is getting tuned-in to your child, learning to communicate effectively, and staying connected. You may not be able/want to breastfeed your five-year-old, but that doesn't mean he no longer wants - and needs - the gentle nurturing touch that you and he shared when he was a sweet, chubby baby. Here are some ways to help strengthen those connections you built in babyhood, and stay in-tuned with your older kids: Get down on the floor and play. Sometimes it's…
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Sunday Sharing

Parenting
Hello Sunday! We took a ride on an old steam train today! We had a picnic, played with balls,bubbles, made new friends and even had a chance to climb up the engine and look at the coal tender...An amazing adventure!     Articles & posts that I'm sharing this week: The Mule has this great read sharing that babies really need responsiveness from their parents. I appreciated and agree with the inclusiveness of the suggestions "Any parent, regardless of whether they choose bottle and buggy, or boob and sling, can be a Responsive Parent. "  read more here. We love reading here and I was really happy to stumble on this awesome list here from positively positive which has 50 children's books with a positive message.  Analytical Armadillo wrote a witty…
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Control Does Not Equal Discipline

Control Does Not Equal Discipline

Parenting
Today I am welcoming Kimberly of The Single Crunch to share a bit about her journey into peaceful parenting. Kimberly' story is one of hope and hopefully inspiring to others. Choosing to parent in a positive way is possible, even if the journey didn't start out so.  Thank you Kimberly for your honesty and for sharing your journey here! **** I am astounded at the reception to my post, ‘I Used To Hit My Children.’ It encouraged so much conversation on my blog and on my Facebook page. I heard from many parents who had been there or were currently there, and many of them felt the same way I did. It just doesn’t work and it’s just not right. Since that post I’ve been continuing my quest to parent…
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Perfection, Criticism, Parenting and The Sock Police

Perfection, Criticism, Parenting and The Sock Police

Parenting
Welcome to the May edition of the Authentic Parenting Blog Carnival, hosted by Authentic Parenting and Mudpiemama. This month’s topic is “Parenting Practices and Criticism”. Please scroll down to the end of this post to find a list of links to the entries of the other participants. Enjoy! *** When I became a parent, I realized that parenting and perfectionism are like oil and water, they just don’t mix. I also realized that parenting choices and criticism were like magnets, somehow always attracting each other. It doesn’t matter how hard one tries to be the perfect parent, there are too many circumstances, to many variables, suggestions, ideas, possibilities, expert and not so expert opinions, guides and books out there that may challenge or criticize whatever choice you may make. Parenting…
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Weaning Gently: Three Special Ideas for Success

Weaning Gently: Three Special Ideas for Success

Nutrition, Parenting
Welcome to the Carnival of Weaning: Weaning - Your Stories This post was written for inclusion in the Carnival of Weaning hosted by Code Name: Mama and Aha! Parenting. Our participants have shared stories, tips, and struggles about the end of the breastfeeding relationship. Breastfeeding is a special time for both moms and babies. Often when mothers talk about weaning, they compare notes on the crying, the engorgement, the hassle and the confusion that it caused. The good news is that weaning can be a gentle and positive experience full of joy both for mom and child.  In deciding when the right time to wean is, I encourage mothers to find the timing that works best for them and their child. This particular post is intended for moms that are interested,…
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Help! My Toddler is so Clingy.

Help! My Toddler is so Clingy.

Parenting
Some days  it can feel like toddlers  wake up, walk by a giant container of glue and decide to stick themselves right onto us for the rest of the day.  On these days, to manage even just a quick dash to the bathroom alone can be a difficult sometimes tear filled process. Let's be honest, no matter how much we love and enjoy our children, sometimes a mama has got to have a break.  Over the years, all three of my children had their clingy days, even clingy phases that lasted weeks if not months.  Coping with the clinginess in a positive and peaceful way although at times, a bit time consuming, really is possible. Here are 10 ideas to prevent and get through the clingiest of times: 1. Start…
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First Year Series: The Mother Within

First Year Series: The Mother Within

Parenting
The first year of motherhood is extraordinary - so many changes, so many possibilities.  The First Year Series at Positive Parenting Connection is aimed at giving first time mothers a chance to share their  experiences with other readers to inspire, share, enjoy and celebrate the journey of motherhood. Today I am weloming first time mom, Liza, author and creator of baby/food blog PramSandwich.  Liza is sharing all about finding and listening to the mother within. *** When my baby was born, suddenly the world was reduced to just him and me. All I could think about those first few days was how precious he was and how I would do anything to protect him. In hospital I lay awake watching him in his crib and waiting until I could hold…
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