Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Raising Chidlren with Unconditional Love

I've started jogging, an activity I vowed never to participate in. However, due to my two young offspring, I find it to be just the right exercise to distract my mind from the chaos running amok in my home. It gives me time to think about my writing, listen to music and radio shows, and release maternal frustration with each stride of my sneaker.

The other day I was on one of those jogs listening to an episode of "This American Life". As I ran away from my own demanding tots, a mother told her story of raising an adopted child with an extreme attachment disorder. At times the mother worried that her son would never actually love her, yet she never doubted her love for him. Throughout the frightening ordeal of helping him find attachment, which consisted of extreme tantrums, major physical resistance, and pleas from her husband to find him a new home, the mother never felt the love for her son divide. She loved him unconditionally.

Read the rest here: Raising Children with Unconditional Love

Monday, January 23, 2012

My Latest Articles

Sorry that I haven't posted on here much lately.  I have been busy writing, and here is proof:

My latest Hufffington Post piece discusses the awesome toddler bucket list compiled by British baby food manufacturer Cow and Gate.  What would be on your list?
Photo Courtesy of Karin Ascencio

The Overextended Toddler and the Toddler Bucket List

I have also been writing for Babble.com.  In this article I justify, with scientific evidence, feeding my two fussy foodies a rotating diet of the same five dinners.

Let Them Eat Cake!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

My Top 10 New Year's Parenting Resolutions

Last year I made a considerable New Year's resolution -- to stop judging other parents. It was a good goal, and for the most part I succeeded in curbing this ugly behavior. This year I didn't have a large objective. Since I have made the decision to embrace my non-perfect parenting, there were no extensive ways I wanted to change my mothering skills. So, over the past week I have been reflecting on small, minor changes that I could easily implement to make my life as a mom more rewarding and less exasperating.
  1. I resolve to force my toddler to wear a coat when the thermometer reads 50 degrees or below.  Even though I have resolved not to judge other's parenting, most of the moms at the playground did not.  And, I am a bit tired of receiving judgmental stares whenever Maisy climbs up the play-structure dressed in her favorite purple Hello Kitty t-shirt when all the other kids are sporting hats and mittens.  
    Read the rest here: Top Ten Parenting New Year's Resolutions