No, the baby is NOT here yet!

If I had a nickel for every time one of my full-term students complained that friends and family keep calling to ask if she’s had the baby, I’d be a rich lady! What do these well-meaning people think? “Oh, Mom, so great to hear from you! Yes, I DID have the baby- last week! Guess I’ve been too busy to mention it. Congratulations, you’re a Grandma!” If you’re a little snarky like me, feel free to try that out on your mom or BFF. After awhile it gets so tiring saying, “nope, not yet…” again

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Parenting Thoughts: Kids are Capable

Kids have been home all summer, and that means that nagging them to do the most basic of tasks is at an all-time high. “Load your dishes in the dishwasher,” is met with whiney protests of “Why!!!!?” Well Kid, so many reasons- I’m tired of cleaning up after you, I have 10,000 other things that need to get done, I’m not your maid….Unfortunately, they are unmoved by any of this reasoning which, frankly, is about me. Time to take it to a new level with a positive and very true spin that focuses on them: “Because you are capable and I believe in you.”

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A Few Ideas to Get You Started in the Challenging Postpartum Period

It’s no secret that having a baby brings a lot of challenging life changes. If you are expecting your first, it’s hard to know what exactly these changes will be and how best to prepare for them. Even if you are expecting your second or third, there are unknowns regarding how to juggle more than one child or how the needs of this baby may differ from your first. Here are a few tips from my own personal experience. By no means is this list exhaustive, but hopefully it will get you started.

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