• The Key to Making Good Parenting Decisions

    A few years into this parenting thing and most of have a moment, or a few, where we have a complete meltdown.   Like the ugly cry in the car type of meltdown. Hopefully, that car cry doesn’t take place in the carline while waiting for the kids to get out of school but it is bound to happen. As a parent, it is so hard to know if you’re making the “right” decisions for your children.


    The hope is that we will be perfect parents but the harsh reality is that there are no perfect parents.  I encourage you to stop torturing yourself by trying to be the parent you saw on television. Claire Huxtable and June Cleaver and were both great moms but I’m willing to bet that even their real-life parent life didn’t parallel that of their fictional characters.  


    1. Every Child is Not the Same

    If you have more than one child then you may have already realized that siblings, heck even twins, can behave like polar opposites.  My daughters, two years apart, are similar in many ways but couldn’t be more different in other ways.


    If you think that you’ll be able to take a parenting guide, follow each outlined step in order and be able to parent each of your children in the same manner, please close the “manual” and walk away slowly because you’re in for a long ride.  What works for one child may not, and probably won’t, work for the other children in your family. As individuals, we each respond differently to stimuli. Accordingly, it’s important to keep that in mind as we attempt to make good parenting decisions.  



  • Preeclamptic Pregnancy

    My sister was just recently pregnant with her second baby boy, scheduled for her second C-section and for the second time was diagnosed at 30 weeks with preeclampsia. Her symptoms began with severe swelling, as well as high blood pressure.

    Because of this, she quickly became a high-risk pregnancy, so what did she do?

    First, she went straight to her doctor when the swelling began and that’s when her doctor recommended weekly visits every Friday to check on her and baby.

    This was to check that baby’s heart rate was good and that the lungs were developing fast enough to be able to deliver at any time. Mama was given a steroid shot to help them develop quicker.
    Also, it was to check on mom to make sure she was able to keep carrying baby. At 34 weeks she was put on bed rest to help with the swelling and an attempt to stabilize blood pressure.

    Second, she went to her friends and family and asked for help. There is so much that needs to get done before baby arrives and naturally, at 34 weeks, she did not have everything done. She turned to her loved ones to help her complete the tasks that she was unable to do because of her preeclampsia. For example, putting away clothes and diapers, assembling the crib and packing her hospital bag.
    DON’T be afraid to ask for help, people are more than willing to help you in your time of need!

    Third, play the waiting game. Pay close attention to all of your symptoms and tell your doctor about every single one.

    In my sister’s case, at 36 weeks, she woke up with the most painful headache she had ever experienced. This was the day baby came because, for my sister’s safety, she could no longer carry him.

    My sister was never scared, and you shouldn’t be either. As long as you have a doctor that you trust and supportive family and friends, you will be in good hands!

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  • Things to Consider: Newcomer Nanny

    So you were offered a new job as a nanny…

    The ability to make a seamless transition into the lives of a new family can be a challenge for a Nanny.  If one does not have an approach that coveys a sense of genuine interest and care then one may become defeated before the second day of the job.  Children are geneservices page tutoring pic.jpgrally bright, perceptive and curious beings by nature.  Accordingly, they may be cautiously interested in the newcomer Nanny.  When integrating oneself into a new family, remember that you are initially a guest and too much assertiveness can be misunderstood for aggressiveness.  Passiveness may be perceived as a lack of interest.

    When working with toddlers, one should play with the child on their level.  Playing on the floor is best.  Allow the toddler to be the initial tour guide to exploration within the home.  This interaction will foster a bond with the toddler that will last a lifetime.   Can you image having a new person tower over you while playing?  It doesn’t sound fun to me.  It sounds intimidating.  Be prepared to put on comfortable clothes, roll up those sleeves and start having fun! (more…)