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When Love Feels Heavy — Coffee + Crumbs. Before I was a parent, I was the perfect one.

When Love Feels Heavy — Coffee + Crumbs

People told me my life would change. People told me I would be tired. That parenthood would be the greatest and hardest thing I would ever do. Yeah yeah yeah.I know. Is It Better for Moms to Stay at Home? I was a writer and principal executive in an advertising agency when I decided to leave my profession to stay home and raise my kids.

Is It Better for Moms to Stay at Home?

I wanted to be the one that nurtured and trained our children, and my busy job simply didn’t give me enough time to do that well. On the one hand, when I left the business world, I never looked back. I loved being with my kids, and I began to find creative outlets in and around the home. I deepened my prayer life. There were certainly rewards. I worked in advertising for a couple of years before leaving with two colleagues to start a new agency. I was a woman succeeding in a man’s world. How to Reconnect with Your Kids When You Are Absolutely Overwhelmed - A Fine Parent. Wholesome Homemade Baby Food Recipes. 10 reasons why two-year-olds are magical (not terrible) - Motherly. Nap 101, Post 1: Does my baby have a nap problem? It’s not too surprising that the most popular blog topic requested by our Facebook followers was “how do you teach a baby to connect sleep cycles?”

Nap 101, Post 1: Does my baby have a nap problem?

Nap problems are the hardest to fix and since napping needs are constantly evolving it can be hard to figure out if you are asking your baby to do something that he’s able to do. Since naps are so complicated, we’re splitting this blog into four parts: in this post, we’ll talk about what is normal by age and what to do for a baby who isn’t old enough to put nap cycles together. In our second post, we’ll cover how to teach your baby to nap independently (which often leads to nap consolidation). In our third post, we’ll cover strategies for nap extension if teaching your baby to nap independently doesn’t quite do it. In our last post, we’ll talk about the timing of nap transitions. The Science of the Problem: Every parent knows that daytime sleep cycles in infants last between 30-45 minutes. Teaching Your Baby to Put Himself to Sleep.

How do you get your baby to go to sleep and sleep through the night?

Teaching Your Baby to Put Himself to Sleep

She may accomplish that milestone on her own, soon. Or she may need a little help from you to learn how to put herself to sleep. We all need to learn how to get back to sleep when the normal rhythm of our sleep cycles takes us into a slightly wakened state repeatedly during the night. You'll be interested to know that most babies around the world either do not fall asleep without being held, or do not sleep all night long in their own crib. 8 Things Boy Moms Should Know About Their Sons. Contrary to popular opinion in our modern society, boys and girls are wired differently.

8 Things Boy Moms Should Know About Their Sons

God has created men for different purposes than women. This isn’t to say that men are better than women or vice versa. Just different. 5 Secrets of an Introverted Mother. Sign up to receive biweekly Nurture Notes and learn practical skills to be a more grounded, calm, and peaceful mother.

5 Secrets of an Introverted Mother

Send it to me!. I almost flunked 4th grade. Confessions of a Reluctant Stay-at-Home Mom: I’m an introvert. I like being alone. - Sisters Raising Sisters. I have shared my story of how I became a stay-at-home mom with you before.

Confessions of a Reluctant Stay-at-Home Mom: I’m an introvert. I like being alone. - Sisters Raising Sisters

It was not my plan; it was God’s. And I have never regretted following his leading. But I am still the same person I was when I thought I would be a career mom with a husband who stayed home to keep the house and raise the children. So I want to be totally honest with you, some days in my new role … well … suck. The Introverted Stay-at-Home Mom: Uniquely Challenged / Abundantly Blessed. Dear grocery store clerk, I’d like to apologize.

The Introverted Stay-at-Home Mom: Uniquely Challenged / Abundantly Blessed

I’ve been avoiding you. Sarah Hosseini: Your Introvert Mom Survival Guide: 10 tricks to save your sanity. A mom's life is pretty exhausting.

Sarah Hosseini: Your Introvert Mom Survival Guide: 10 tricks to save your sanity

We get our asses whooped on a daily basis. Especially in those baby years. Add an extra layer here....the introverted mom. This is a person who gets drained daily by constant human interaction and societal stimuli. Touching, talking, looking - they all tire out an introvert. The only thing that re-charges and re-energizes an introvert - is solitude. It sounds like having children, would be an introvert's worst nightmare. Surviving as an Introverted Mother - Quiet Revolution. Years ago, I was chatting with my sister-in-law, who had babies at around the same time I did.

Surviving as an Introverted Mother - Quiet Revolution

She was talking about how much she loved her kids. When they were napping, she would go in and watch them sleep. Sometimes, she said, she was tempted to wake them up so that she could play with them. When I heard that, I felt as if I was punched in the gut. I had never, in my few years as a parent, felt that way. He Loves You Even More Than I Do. My beloved ones, For nine months, your world began and ended with the contours of my womb. You tested your limbs in a confined sea that moved within me, a space I owned but would never see. Daily you explored. You shifted as patches of light reached you in muted amber. Hands-free pumping. By Catharine Decker, MD Family Medicine/Urgent Care Luther-Mayo-Midelfort Health Systems Reprinted with permission from the author. This tutorial was created for breastfeeding mothers, lactation consultants, breastfeeding educators, nurses, physicians and any other health care professionals and is intended to help breastfeeding mothers who must use a breast pump to express milk.

There are many “hands-free pumping systems” available on the market today, but many are relatively complicated and expensive and/or require special bras or equipment. This simple method utilizes very inexpensive and readily available materials and functions well for most women. Carry a stylish, functional breast pump bagfor your pump, purse items,laptop and more from our sponsor Sarah Wells. Please feel free to copy and use these illustrations and instructions to share with your patients and other health care and lactation professionals.

Begin with two elastic ponytail holder bands. Overlap edges. Pull knot tight. 5 Skills Kids Should Learn at Home. Quite often, it feels like the world slipped off its axis. It's spinning a little too fast to grasp all the things we need to get done in a day, a week, a year, or even a lifetime. The demands many employers place on their employees usually exceeds what can be accomplished in the allotted time period. In addition, the basic societal attitude that people should give 110% at work pushes people to use up all the energy they stored for the day. As a result, many people feel exhausted and edgy by the time they get home to their families. Kids & DIY Workshops. Sometimes Babies Don't Sleep — Coffee + Crumbs. Before my son was born, I was a typical first-time mom-to-be. I signed up for every weekly email update.

I read What to Expect When You’re Expecting. I researched car seats for weeks before settling on one, and the nursery was complete by the time I started my third trimester. 5 Reasons I’m Going To Continue Being A SAHM Even After My Kids Are In School – Scary Mommy. I like to think that maybe it is just innocent small talk, but far too often, it feels quite judgmental — like the asker is gauging how lazy I am by my response, like they must think there is an acceptable answer and other answers will be looked down upon.

It started out as, “So, what do you do all day?” Then, as each of my kids advanced to the next level of preschool, it would repeatedly, inevitably be, “So, what are you going to do with all that extra time?” And now, the big one. 50 Questions To Ask Your Kids Instead Of Asking “How Was Your Day” Now that we have a new baby in our home, time with my oldest girls (ages 8 and 6) is even more difficult to find. Between constant nursing sessions and shuffling kids to and from activities, it’s been an adjustment. To say the least. My Momtastic Life. This song will get your baby to sleep: 'Weightless' video. 8 Creative Ways for Dads to Spend Time With Their Toddlers. Wee Sing: Learning Through Music.

Fun at Home with Kids. Seven Things to Pray for Your Children. Some years back a good friend shared with me seven Scripture texts that he and his wife prayed for their two daughters from the time they were infants. The girls are now grown. And it’s beautiful to see how God has answered and still is answering the faithful, specific prayers of faith-filled parents in the lives of these young, godly women.

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Making the Resurrection Real — Proverbs 31 Ministries Devotions. “Great is the LORD! He is most worthy of praise! No one can measure his greatness. Let each generation tell its children of your mighty acts; let them proclaim your power. I will meditate on your majestic, glorious splendor and your wonderful miracles.” Your sleep problems, solved!: Average Sleep Charts by Age. All charts below are based on optimal amounts for a well-rested child, not what isnecessarily common (since many children sleep less and wake more frequently than what I would consider ideal).

Whose Line Is It Anyway? Recently, my 10 year old was saying that she wanted to be like me—“well,” she clarified, “in some ways.” Sing the Bible w/ Slugs and Bugs by Randall Goodgame — The Rabbit Room Store. Teaching 4-Year-Olds To Feel Better : NPR Ed. You're 4 years old, building a block tower. Another kid runs up and knocks it down. Parenting Books to Read. 35 Clever Life Hacks Every Parent Needs To Know. The 2nd One Is So Creative! 9 Things We Should Get Rid of to Help Our Kids. Teach Children the Bible Is Not About Them. What a Comedian Taught Me About Parenting. Recently I learned something about parenting from a stand-up comedian. I was listening to this bit about children from Brian Regan and around the 1:35 mark he tells the story about his son flinging around half-eaten spaghetti from his mouth and watching the sauce splatter across the room. Regan explained that he made a mistake as a parent because he stopped him: "Hey man, knock that off.

Treasuring God with One Finger in the Cookie Dough. A Christian Guide to the Zoo. 64 Positive Things to Say to Kids. Why You Should Tell Your Children How Much You Make. Safe Families.