Babies: Competent & Capable from Birth

Babies: Competent & Capable from Birth

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Our children are capable, competent beings from birth. Often the struggles we find ourselves caught in with our children can be eased by recognizing and honoring their age appropriate capabilities. And with their capable, competent selves appreciated and affirmed, we can now build a strong foundation for the future independent and successful adult we all hope for. Isn?t this just what our parenting journey is all about? Growing an adult ready and able to live well? Just what does capable and competent look like through the ages? This new series at positive parenting connection will be covering the different ages & stages from Babies on up, bringing you great information about each phase of childhood! Part I:  Babies! Such amazingly capable little souls. It is easy to think we have to do it all for…
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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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