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Claire McCarthy, M.D.: Confession: This Pediatrician Is a Sleep Softie. This may not be a great confession to make as a pediatrician, but when it comes to sleep and kids, I am a total softie.

Claire McCarthy, M.D.: Confession: This Pediatrician Is a Sleep Softie

Our kids slept in our bed. We slept in theirs (which was very cramped in the toddler bed, and didn't do great things to the frame) -- or lay next to them as they drifted off to sleep. We sat on the floor, telling stories and singing lullabies and slowly edging out of the bedroom as their breathing got deep and regular. We went in again and again to retrieve the stuffed animal from under the bed or to investigate the scary noise or possible spider.

When they woke in the middle of the night, we held them until they went back to sleep -- sometimes night after night. Mr. Rogers Neighborhood: Watching as an adult is a freaky marvel. In the wake of PBS’ announcement of a Mr.

Mr. Rogers Neighborhood: Watching as an adult is a freaky marvel

Why French Parents Are Superior by Pamela Druckerman.

Gentle discipline

Unschooling is Not That Difficult, Folks. I just got home from some errands, sat down at my computer, and found a rollicking discussion going on on the Radical Unschooling Info page on facebook. It starts with a link to an article by Pam Sorooshian, on her blog. The article is "Unschooling is not "Child-Led Learning". " Pam makes some excellent points, and I may get to them in a minute, but mostly, I want to comment on the responses to that article.

Between the time it was posted (4 hours ago) and when I first saw it (half an hour ago) there were over 50 comments. At first, as I was reading through them, there were several comments that I wanted to respond to. How to Repair the Elastic in a Cloth Diaper. I will admit that I just could not figure out why my BumGenius Diapers were leaking last summer.

How to Repair the Elastic in a Cloth Diaper

I had stripped them and the fit was still okay. So I couldn’t fathom what the problem was. Turns out, the elastic was shot and they looked like this: Homebirth Ryan Gosling. Breastfeeding Beyond Infancy by Knitwise Media. The Many Faces (well, not faces) of IGT. We are all unique.

The Many Faces (well, not faces) of IGT

No two breasts are exactly alike, and in fact, barring surgical procedures, you'd be hard pressed to find two perfectly symmetrical on the same chest.But just as there are many variations of normal, there are also variations of (and I hate to call it this) abnormal. Below, I have posted pictures of breasts that have all struggled with milk supply. A huge THANK YOU to all the brave, beautiful women who were willing to share pictures of themselves in the hope that maybe they can help another mother who is struggling with milk supply and looking for answers.

2011 Lesson #2 : Don’t Carpe Diem » Momastery. Every time I’m out with my kids – this seems to happen: An older woman stops us, puts her hand over her heart and says something like, “ - Enjoy every moment. This time goes by so fast.” Everywhere I go, someone is telling me to the moment, my awareness, happy, enjoy , etc, etc, etc. Womb to World: A Metabolic Perspective - by Suzanne Colson. © 2002 Midwifery Today, Inc.

Womb to World: A Metabolic Perspective - by Suzanne Colson

All rights reserved. [Editor's note: This article first appeared in Midwifery Today Issue 61, Spring 2002.] Postnatal transition from fetus to neonate is characterised by discontinuity. Inevitably the neonate must change environment from the dark, warm, wet, sheltered place in the womb to the colder, dry, bright, loud conditions of the world; the umbilical cord is severed. Separation and rupture are the watchwords. Dangers of “Crying It Out” Letting babies "cry it out" is an idea that has been around since at least the 1880s when the field of medicine was in a hullaballoo about germs and transmitting infection and so took to the notion that babies should rarely be touched (see Blum, 2002 , for a great review of this time period and attitudes towards childrearing).

Dangers of “Crying It Out”

In the 20 th century, behaviorist John Watson (1928), interested in making psychology a hard science, took up the crusade against affection as president of the American Psychological Association. He applied the mechanistic paradigm of behaviorism to child rearing, warning about the dangers of too much mother love. The 20 th century was the time when "men of science" were assumed to know better than mothers, grandmothers and families about how to raise a child. Too much kindness to a baby would result in a whiney, dependent, failed human being. Funny how "the experts" got away with this with no evidence to back it up! Why They Whine: How Corporations Prey on our Children. Why They Whine: How Corporations Prey on our Children By Gary RuskinWeb Exlusive Cheryl Idell knows a lot about nagging.

Why They Whine: How Corporations Prey on our Children

She has written reports for major corporations with such titles as the "Nag Factor" and "The Art of Fine Whining. " She tells her clients that nagging spurs about a third of a family's trips to a fast-food restaurant, to buy children's clothing or a video. Idell, who is chief strategic officer for Western Initiative Media Worldwide, a major market research firm, speaks with the cold precision of a physicist. "Nagging falls into two categories," she explains. Either is a good first step. Now meet George Broussard. Idell and Broussard are typical of something endemic in America today. V is For Vasectomy... Why we're happily raising our daughter without a house.

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