How To Find A Doula In 7 Easy Steps

How to Find a Doula - SmartMom

Thinking of having a doula present at your baby’s birth? Here’s some information on how to find a doula, and a great one at that.

A doula (which comes from the ancient Greek meaning “woman’s servant”) is someone trained and experienced in childbirth who offers physical, emotional and informational support to a mother in labor.

Continue reading

How Your Child Can Avoid Being A Bullying Victim

How your Child Can Avoid Being a Bullying Victim - SmartMom

It’s every parent’s nightmare: sending their child off to school or daycare or sports practice and learning that they’re being bullied. That for some reason or another, they’re being targeted and made to feel badly about themselves by other kids. There are lots of resources for helping kids once the bullying has started, but you don’t often see resources on how to prevent these situations in the first place. Here are our top tips for helping your child avoid a horrible situation from the get-go:

Continue reading

Why You Should Detox Before Pregnancy

Detox Before Pregnancy - SmartMom

While it is pretty clear that detoxing during pregnancy is a bad idea, a detox before pregnancy can actually help with the health and conception of a baby. If you’ve got babies on the brain, chances are you’re already taking your own health and well-being seriously.  Which is great since there are more toxic substances in our lives than ever before.

Continue reading

Why Your Child Should Try Preschool Yoga

PreSchool Yoga - SmartMom

Photo by Jamie Street

So much of childhood today takes place at a breakneck pace.  Hurrying to after school activities, eating on the go, even rushing to bed.  When life is that busy, many adults turn to yoga for relaxation, tension release and to get on a path toward a healthier lifestyle.  But did you know that preschool yoga can be beneficial too?

Continue reading

How to Be a Stay at Home Dad

How to Be a Stay At Home Dad - SmartMom

Photo by Casey Wiegand

More dads than ever before (an estimated 2 million!) are electing to stay at home with their kids—doing all the things that mothers have always done.  But no Mr. Mom cracks, thankyouverymuch.  Today’s SAHDs aren’t bumbling around, trying to figure out which end the baby’s diaper goes on. Instead they’re taking on the role of primary parent with an approach that’s more modern than macho. But in this female-dominated world, many fathers are asking themselves how to be a stay at home dad.

Continue reading

The Dolphin Way: A Parent’s Guide to Raising Healthy, Happy, and Motivated Kids—Without Turning into a Tiger by Shimi Kang, M.D.

The Dolphin Way - SmartMom

Pretty much the minute you become a mom, it feels like there’s pressure to pick a parenting philosophy.  Are you going to adhere to Attachment Parenting (à la Dr. William Sears or Dr. Gordon Neufeld), who advocate creating strong emotional bonds via co-sleeping and breast feeding on demand?  Or will you tend toward Tiger Parenting, which aims to instill in children self-discipline and a desire to achieve? If you think you might end up somewhere in the middle, there’s good news.  In her new parenting manual called The Dolphin Way: A Parent’s Guide to Raising Healthy, Happy and Motivated Kids Without Turning Into a Tiger, Shimi Kang, M.D., argues that the key to raising children who will thrive in the fast-paced environment of the 21st century is to give them balance.

Continue reading