Just 1 new habit can change parenting hell into parenting bliss

Just 1 new habit can change parenting hell into parenting bliss
I know what you are thinking, ‘1 new habit? Give me a break’.
I don’t blame you, in a world with ‘get your baby to sleep within 10 minutes or your money back guaranteed’ it is easy to suffer from advertisement fatigue.

Why Laid Back Parents Raise Happier and Healthier Kids

Much like releasing chickens from their coop, as a child, my siblings and I were routinely banished from the family home during the day, and encouraged to roam free for hours on end. With the family home surrounded by bushland we were quite safe, but such laid-back parenting style is quite rare these days.

Instead, years devoted to play and joyful learning are replaced with a round robin of scheduled activities, making childhood a stress-filled time of striving and competing.

The Effect of Music on Your Child’s Brain

Music is powerful; we have all experienced a time when music has altered our mood and that in it-self is evidence of its effect on the human brain, but if listening to it has such an instant impact, then how much more influential is it to learn to play? Scientists are still examining this but some interesting studies have already been published and it seems that children who have had music tuition have actually improved the way their brain works.

Dear Mum and Dad, A Letter From Your Newborn

Dear Mum and Dad,

I’m finally here! You waited many, many months for my arrival and now I’m just a few days old. I probably weigh between 5lbs and 9lbs,. My tiny body is between 18 and 20.5 inches long, and my head measures between 12.5 and 14.2 inches in circumference. I can tell that you love me so much because of the way you snuggle me, kiss me, and take gentle care of me.

You’ve probably noticed that I like to eat every 2-4 hours for a total of 8-12 daily. I know that’s a lot, but my tummy is growing bigger every day! I like to nurse frequently, or will eat 2 ounces from my bottle ever few hours. Make sure my bottles are clean and sterilized. It’s okay if I fall asleep while nursing, simply feed me when I wake up next.

Results versus progress orientated parenting

“A little progress every day adds up to big results”
It doesn’t matter whether you are the CEO of a multi-national company, the manager of a successful sports team or just a parent trying their best with a child, the above quote applies to you.
Of course, it’s easy to become obsessed with instant results when it comes to your little bundle of joy, but that’s not how life or parenting works. As every father and mother knows, sometimes parenting isn’t easy and the results don’t turn out quite as you had hoped.

Preparing For Parenthood in 5 Easy Steps

Congratulations, you’ve decided to become a parent. You now have nine months to prepare for the hardest yet the most rewarding, roller-coaster job you will ever have. If you’ve read all the parenting books, attended all your classes, and consider yourself a method actor, here 5 (tongue-in-cheek) things you can do right now to really immerse yourself in the experience:

How to Keep Calm During a Toddler Tantrum

Anyone who has experienced the fury of a toddler tantrum will know you need a master’s degree in Zen to remain calm. Or do you? The reality is that toddlers will throw tantrums and they do so for a variety of reasons; sometimes it is for control, sometimes it is for attention, sometimes it is simply down to tiredness.
There are many tools and techniques you can introduce to prevent or calm a tantrum but when you are in the middle of one it’s difficult to even think clearly, never-mind successfully implement any strategy. It is not uncommon to feel frustration building inside you like a pressure cooker ready to blow at any moment.

Creative Ways to Be Active With Your Child (and why your kids need exercise!)

According to USA’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, kids who exercise are less likely to be anxious or depressed or stressed. They are more likely to excel at academics, including their ability to concentrate and focus their attention in the classroom. They build up strength, endurance, healthy muscles and bones through regular fitness. It’s recommended that school-aged children are physically active for at least one hour per day.

As a parent, you can lead by example and teach your children the value of self-care. Prioritize exercise, fitness, and healthy habits in your life and your child will observe the trend and follow along. (Note: Check out Dr. Melanie Lane’s book The 9 Daily Habits of Healthy People if you need some inspiration to!) Not only is exercise important for your child’s health, it’s also a great way for you to get active with your children! From my experience, kids of all ages love these activities, and often request to “play” them!

There is no signal

‘We have just landed at Los Angeles International Airport, if your phone is within your reach, you may now turn it on.

A flurry of activity ensues.

Phones out of pockets, flight mode off and mobile data on.

The search for network begins. Circles that go round and round, bars with a little cross on top, time itself almost feels like its gone into standstill while we await with baited breath.

How to Survive The Pressures of Modern Parenting

Think peer pressure is just for kids? Think again. It’s parents now under pressure, and today’s instagram-happy, pinterest-perfect world is largely to blame. Just a quick look around on social media and you’ll find shot after shot of perfectly posed family moments; whether it’s an impeccably styled baby nursery, toddlers posing in pristine high end branded clothes, or an over decorated, over the top birthday party, our views on parenting have become distorted, setting an unrealistic benchmark and can make any parent feel inadequate.

And if keeping up with the parenting ‘Jones’s’ doesn’t give you enough to worry about, it’s information overload as parents of today are bombarded with expert and often conflicting advice – why isn’t my child walking? When will my baby sleep through the night?, Why aren’t they talking yet? Just when we think we’ve ‘got it right’ someone will cast doubt in our minds, because what is right for some may not work for others.