The "Visionary" Parent vs. the "In the Moment" Parent

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Which one are you? I define them as this: The In the Moment parent (ITM) takes each moment or challenge at face value. They put a lot of stock in a child’s resistance to anything. They dwell much longer and deeper on why a child might be throwing a fit or refuse to go to bed at night. They believe that there must be a real, urgent, even medical reason for all of it. ITM parents look at each isolated situation and try to solve the immediate problem, eliminating whatever it is that is making their child cry, resist, or have a melt-down. If that can’t be pinpointed, it must be a disorder of some kind causing the child to act out in a negative way. They believe that their job as parents is to make their child happy, all the time. And if they feel they are failing this…

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2 Breast milk plus healthy sleep habits may help prevent Autism Spectrum Disorders?

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Finally, some answers from mainstream medical community about the connection between Autism Spectrum Disorders and Gastrointestinal issues! This information may help in early detection. And in my opinion, it may also make the case for how important it is to exclude even one drop of formula from your baby’s diet and do whatever it takes to ensure your baby receives your breast milk exclusively for the first year of his life. Once formula is introduced its gastrointestinal effects are irreversible, even if mostly breastfed. You’ll notice in the following study, sleep plays a role, too. Here’s what Dr. Sears had to say about it… Please feel free to share your thoughts and experiences with ASD here or on my Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/JenniJuneBabyPlanner?fref=ts

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How to REALLY have balance between work and family

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A successful way to reconcile our work and family responsibilities is by creating a family plan that complements rather than competes against our business plan. All business experts stress the importance of creating a thorough strategic business plan before starting a business or a new business initiative. Working women now need to learn how to prepare a family plan as well, because we do not want success in business to come at the expense of happiness in our marriage and family life. A certified baby planner can help professional women create an efficient and strategic family plan that will not only enhance their ability to do it all, but ensure their success through sustainability. Sustainability is the key to thriving rather than merely surviving. Your marriage, your business, just about everything valuable to you is dependent on a strong plan that will help you weather the inevitable storms in daily…

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Dr. Weissbluth's Wisdom on Temperament Anxiety

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In Sunday’s New York Times, there is an article discussing the links between temperament and anxiety. My discovery of the link between sleep duration and temperament originally published in 1981 was selected for re-publication in the Annual Progress in Child Psychiatry and Child Development by Chess and Thomas whose temperament research was referenced in the NYT piece. Basically, I discovered that 4- month-old infants with an easy temperament had long sleep durations and those with difficult temperaments had short sleep durations. The same group of 4-month-old infants were studied again at age 3 years and the same results were found for the three year olds! But there was very little individual stability of temperament traits between 4 months and three years. Some easy infants became difficult toddlers and some difficult infants became easy toddlers. Sleep durations exactly predicted which direction the infants would take! The more sleep the infants had…

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Best Bonding with Baby Basics

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The top five key factors that positively affect parent-infant bonding: 1. Skin to skin contact– Right out of the chute! In fact there is so much evidence supporting this that the World Health organization and UNICEF have implemented the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative all over the world and in the U.S. which sets policy and trains medical staff to encourage exclusive breastfeeding and immediate skin to skin contact within the first hour after a vaginal delivery, within two hours of a cesarean birth. This skin to skin between mother and child not only encourages better latch and breastfeeding success, but helps prevent a number of health risks for both mom and baby. I have witnessed that continued skin to skin cuddling and feedings with both parents throughout ‘the 4th trimester’ further connect the family on a most intimate level and dramatically decrease the potential for post-partum depression in women. 2….

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What influences you the most as a parent?

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There are two powerful types of influence for a parent. One is external and the other is internal. Some parents are influenced by what others say are the best workshops, child-rearing books, Mommy and Me classes, pop-culture parenting fads. These are external influences. They feel good about their parenting if they are doing all the things their friends are doing and are culturally popular in the moment. They tend to raise children who are externally influenced too. If their friend tells them they have to read Dr. So-in-so’s parenting book because it’s the best, that is all an externally influenced parent needs to hear to be convinced to read it and that it is. Parents who are internally influenced are much harder to convince of anything. They feel they just know what works, the proof comes from inside. They have an internal frame of reference and tend to contemplate and…

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The only 'top ten' parenting list that matters

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It seems, that with the best of intentions,  we parents sometimes focus too much on the outward compliance of our children and how they are viewed by others. The frightening result is that the heart of our child is completely missed as we aim to make our children our trophies, viewing them as a direct reflection of who we are. What we end up doing is losing the critical ability to influence them as we strive to gain outward conformity from them. The ability to raise kids who feel truly loved and accepted, regardless of their shortcomings, lack of maturity or shallow values, is therefore lost, because without knowing and capturing the heart of a child, you have no influence. It is no wonder so many good families with good values are not able to pass their values down to their children and find them rebelling and looking elsewhere for…

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