Posts Tagged ‘bonding’

Who Runs the World? A Guide to Encouraging Kids to Run

According to the CDC, the obesity rate has quadrupled in the past 30 years. And, with the obesity epidemic sweeping the nation (especially within children), it is more important than ever to teach kids about health and exercise. Children are extremely impressionable and often imitate what parents do, thus making it immensely important to instill healthy perceptions of fitness early in life.  

Our society tends to focus too much on what a person looks like, tainting the image of a healthy body. Instead of harping on having the perfect body or looking a certain way; teach your child(ren) the importance of why exercise coupled with a healthy diet is so crucial to longevity, overall health, and happiness.  

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Always Love Your Mom: A Son’s Perspective

Relationships are complicated and change over time, especially our relationships with our mothers. Not everyone grew up with an involved mother in their life. Having a mom absent from your life can be very painful. However, some people were raised by loving and connected moms.

When you are young, it is easy to show your mom that you love her. You can tell her all the time. You make little gifts for her at school. Days begin and end with hugs and kisses. Later on, the sad truth is, many adults, particularly sons, don’t acknowledge their moms or express their love for their moms the way they should. If you are feeling disconnected from your mom, you can reconnect by remembering how amazing your mom is in the first place and by honoring her publicly.

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Not Your Mama’s Baby Registry

Long gone are the days of baby registries that consisted of a stroller, a bassinet and some simple swaddles. Today, baby gear is innovative, modern and designed with a focus on quality, practicality, functionality, safety and style. And while it’s practical to receive a mountain of diapers at your baby shower, chances are they might not be the kind you plan on using for your baby. You might also find yourself swimming in piles of adorable newborn onesies, but what happens after your little one outgrows them in a month?

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Family Dinner Traditions to Get Your Kids Talking

Over the years, the tradition of sitting down to eat dinner as a family has slowly eroded away as American societal norms become more and more work-centric and much less family-centric. Members of the family are pulled into all sorts of different directions on any average day, with both parents working out of the home and children involved in numerous after school activities, leaving little time to prepare a meal, let alone sit down and enjoy it all together. But, multiple studies have shown that family dinners have a great effect on a child’s overall growth, including happier, healthier children who are more likely to succeed academically and less likely to show poor behavior. While sitting down to eat together is a great start, it’s the communication that takes place and the relationship bonds that are built that have the ultimate effect on a child’s well-being. So, just how exactly do we get our kids talking?

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My co-sleeping journey

Today I would like to share my personal story about how bed-sharing and co-sleeping has worked and continues to work for me and my family- despite the negativity sometimes associated with it. 

From the moment my little girl was born I had this overwhelming need to have her close to me at all times. I would carry her around in my arms constantly, despite remarks such as:

“Put her down.”

“She needs to learn to be by herself.”

“You are getting her into bad habits by holding her all the time.”

“You are spoiling her.”

And this need persisted even at bedtime. I wanted her right next to me in the tiny, uncomfortable hospital bed, just the two of us together.

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10 Tips for Making Friends as an Adult

What once came second nature as a child, is now one of the hardest things to do as an adult. No longer in need of a friend at the lunch table, we now need friends capable of much bigger duties: holding our child’s hand when we can’t, lending an ear while weighing a difficult decision, or providing a shoulder during a tragic event. Making friends amidst life’s crazy adventures has many adults trying to figure out exactly how to bypass the initial awkwardness to ultimately find that close circle of friends, but as we will soon explain, you should try to embrace it fully and throw yourself out there.

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8 Tips for a Successful First Swim Lesson

Infant and toddler swim lessons are not only a great bonding activity for the whole family, they also teach children water safety, competence and confidence.

Can’t wait to get started? Most swim schools recommend waiting until your baby is 6 months old at the time of their first lesson. Not only are infants that age still very comfortable in the water as it feels natural to them, but they also possess sufficient head control and the ability to regulate their body temperature which makes it the perfect time to get your little one into the pool. 

If you are the mommy of an older baby or toddler perhaps swim lessons haven’t been on your radar – but now invitations for summer pool parties are pouring in, and you are worried about little feet on wet surfaces close to the edges of 8 foot deep pools. 

Whether you have a baby who is still a few weeks or months shy of the half birthday mark or a toddler about to embark on their first water adventure, follow the tips below to make sure that first swim lesson is a success.

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Decoding Your Baby’s Cries

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Many of the early days with your newborn are spent shushing, rocking, and swaddling in order to calm your sweet baby’s cries. There are so many unknowns when it comes to caring for a baby. Are they hungry? Are they tired? Do they have gas? Well, what if all the mystery in figuring out what a baby needs is unveiled to you in a simple concept known as Dunstan Baby Language. Let’s explore 5 common needs of a baby and how to decode those needs by listening to your baby’s cry.

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Nesting Days: Babywearing Heart to Heart

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Being skin-to-skin with your newborn can facilitate some of the sweetest memories you will have of your child’s infancy. These warm and sweet moments through the ‘fourth trimester’ are so important for both you and your child.  However, it might seem hard to find time during your busy day to be skin-to-skin for more than a few minutes.  So, you may have wished there was a baby carrier designed specifically for skin-to-skin contact with your newborn, which allows you to care for other children or get household tasks done. There is such a carrier! The Nesting Days carrier was very cleverly designed to make a “second womb” for your newborn during the first months. 

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Dads: 20 Ways to Bond with Your Baby

You’ve been looking forward to this day for the last 9 months. You’ve assembled the crib, painted the nursery, and taken the childbirth classes. Now she’s here. You’re finally holding your new baby girl in your arms. It’s everything you thought it would be, until you get home from the hospital and all of a sudden, your new baby seems to have forgotten about you. She’s constantly nursing and being soothed by Mom. How are you supposed to compete with Mom’s delicious milk? Don’t worry, you can still bond with your new baby! Here are 20 ways to get you and your baby off on the right foot to a long-lasting, loving relationship.

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Ways to Live in the Moment With Your Baby

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They say time is fleeting and the baby years pass by so quickly. You have probably already experienced this as you look at your little one in amazement at how much they’ve grown. Where has the time gone?! When we are tired, busy and also trying to be great mothers, it is easy to multitask and get distracted.

Maybe you catch up on your favorite show while baby plays on the floor, make a phone call while pushing the stroller, and answer emails while nursing baby to sleep.It’s not bad to do these things but sometimes it’s nice (and important!) to take a time out from distractions and to truly be in the moment like your baby is. Here are a few very simple and enjoyable ways to be in the moment with your little bundle.

The bonus? These are great bonding activities that will bring you closer together and remind you just how much you love your child.

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Ways To Encourage Dad And Baby Bonding

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For many women, bonding with their babies is an instant, organic result of all that encompasses motherhood. Whether it be your simple caress that calms your loved one in an instant or the habitual lullaby you hum during late night nursing sessions, your bond is a steadfast security that envelops your child in their ever changing world. Some dads might find this bond intimidating in situations where you are the daily caretaker, and baby seems particularly partial to you at times. The following tips can help ensure that your husband’s bond with your baby becomes just as strong as yours, and baby gets a complete balance from both of you.

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