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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. 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. Claire McCarthy, M.D.: Confession: This Pediatrician Is a Sleep Softie Claire McCarthy, M.D.: Confession: This Pediatrician Is a Sleep Softie
In the wake of PBS’ announcement of a Mr. Rogers next-generation spinoff featuring a descendant of Daniel Tiger, I set out to recall exactly who Daniel Tiger was by watching a few clips of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood on YouTube. (Because that’s what the internet, and my work days, are for.) Mr. Rogers Neighborhood: Watching as an adult is a freaky marvel Mr. Rogers Neighborhood: Watching as an adult is a freaky marvel
Why French Parents Are Superior by Pamela Druckerman Why French Parents Are Superior by Pamela Druckerman When my daughter was 18 months old, my husband and I decided to take her on a little summer holiday. We picked a coastal town that's a few hours by train from Paris, where we were living (I'm American, he's British), and booked a hotel room with a crib. Bean, as we call her, was our only child at this point, so forgive us for thinking: How hard could it be?
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Unschooling is Not That Difficult, Folks 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. 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: How could I not have noticed this? How to Repair the Elastic in a Cloth Diaper
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Breastfeeding Beyond Infancy by Knitwise Media on SoundCloud
The Many Faces (well, not faces) of IGT The Many Faces (well, not faces) of IGT We are all unique. 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. IGT has many faces.
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. I that this message is right and good. 2011 Lesson #2 : Don’t Carpe Diem » Momastery
© 2002 Midwifery Today, Inc. 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. Womb to World: A Metabolic Perspective - by Suzanne Colson Womb to World: A Metabolic Perspective - by Suzanne Colson
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). 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. Dangers of “Crying It Out” Dangers of “Crying It Out”
Why They Whine: How Corporations Prey on our Children By Gary RuskinWeb Exlusive Cheryl Idell knows a lot about nagging. 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. Why They Whine: How Corporations Prey on our Children Why They Whine: How Corporations Prey on our Children
V is For Vasectomy... We’ve been planning for HH to have a vasectomy for years. We knew as soon as we were done having babies that would be the birth control method we’d utilize. I will not consider an IUD because I have scars inside my uterus, and the idea of having a foreign object near them totally freaks… WHOOPS!
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