One of the most difficult parts of parenting a toddler is figuring out exactly how to deal with their big emotions. Are they acting out for attention? Are they demanding that they get their way – and do I give in? There is a lot of commonly heard advice out there about how to deal with toddlers and tantrums, and it is ultimately up to you to decide what feels right to you – and also figure out what works best for your child’s personality. All kids respond differently to different parenting techniques so there is no one right way.
First pregnancies (and first born children) are so wonderfully celebrated! Everyone is in awe of the beautiful first time mother and enjoys showering her with gifts for the soon to arrive first baby. What about second babies? Many second-time moms wonder how to have a baby shower, or if one is appropriate, for their new child. Every new life is so precious, and every pregnancy is special. There’s no reason why we can’t have a shower (or sprinkle, or party, or celebration) for each new baby of the family! Although a large formal shower might not feel necessary for a second baby, there are many ways to come together to celebrate the mom, baby, and the whole family as they welcome a new member into their lives.
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Pregnancy is essentially nine months of preparation to welcome a new person into your family. At the early part of pregnancy, there’s a lot of dreaming and hypothetical planning. Then somewhere toward the middle of pregnancy you start getting more serious and what once felt like too early to plan suddenly starts to feel like more of a rush! Packing your hospital bag may seem silly when you have months before you head to the hospital – can we be TOO prepared? How early should we reasonably start packing?
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Childbirth is something that women have been doing since the beginning of humanity, yet when we go into it as first time mothers, it can be scary and so full of unknowns. Many expectant mothers these days have questions about how to prepare for a natural birth. Preparing your body and mind for the experience will take you far in achieving the birth you desire.