Happy Sunday! I’m packing today, taking a much awaited family vacation to see many friends after a long three years of living far away! So for the next two weeks, I will be away hopefully soaking up some sun, recharging, creating memories and sharing a lot of laughter with the family.
I have lined up several guest posts from wonderful writers for the time I am taking off:
Kelly Bartlett of Parenting from Scratch
Jennifer of Hybrid Rasta Mama
Kelly of KellyNaturally
Aleta of Hinterland Mama
Gena Kirby of Progressive Parenting
Wendi Blair, author of Hello Milk, Bye Bye Milk
Miriam Katz, Co-author of The Other Baby Book
Clare Kirkpatrick, a former NCT breastfeeding counsellor and author of The Awakend Parent
So, there are lots of great posts coming up on parental guilt, triggers for anger, attachment parenting beyond infancy, sharing, bottle feeding with care and much more.
Here are a few posts I am sharing this week:
The Disadvantages of Time-Out by Aletha Solter, Ph.D.
Parents have been led to believe that children will use time-out to think about what they did and regain some modicum of self-control. In reality, when children act in inappropriate, aggressive, or obnoxious ways, they are often harboring such strong pent-up feelings that they are unable to think clearly about their actions. Far more helpful than isolation is an attentive listener who can encourage the expression of honest feelings.
Come from a place of love: Post 5 of 10 Simple Ways to Connect with your Child Series from -One Perfect Day
See the world through your child’s eyes. When they are defiant. When they will not listen. When you’ve tried every gentle parenting technique you know and they still struggle against you. When you’ve heard “No I won’t!” for the hundredth time that day and there’s nothing left in you but desperation and frustration ~ stop, breathe. Know that they are simply trying to communicate something ~ a need. That need is you.
It’s Ok to Cry by Kelly Bartlett of Parenting From Scratch
Tears need to play out fully for healthy growth to occur. During times of adversity, a child’s brain needs to go through each stage of processing in order to develop its resiliency “muscles”: acknowledgement of the problem, emotional response to the problem, acceptance along with an emotional release, and finally a return to homeostasis. The brain develops a ‘work-around’ to hardship. All this to say: It’s OK to cry.
Parenting A High Needs Baby by Sam of Love Parenting
Parenting a high needs child can be isolating and very draining. You may feel it is too much of a challenge to get out and meet people or socialise, especially if you are worried about what people will think of you.
Peace & Be Well,