Conscious Motherhood

Harmony 'A woman in harmony her spirit is like a river flowing. She goes where she will without pretense and arrives at her destination, prepared to be herself and only herself'. ~ Maya Angelou When a woman approaches each stage of her transition into motherhood consciously – allowing herself to listen to her body’s wisdom and slow down enough during pregnancy to express her fears, talk about her expectations, grieve the loss of the old life, and prepare spiritually for labor – she … [Read more...]

The Trailing Spouse, Gender Roles Abroad

Quite a few women don’t relocate for their own career, but follow a husband or partner on an assignment. As a "trailing spouse", you take care of the family while putting your own plans on the backburner – not always an easy or rewarding job. Find out what it entails and how to keep your cool as an expat wife. Recent surveys regarding relocation trends show that the number of employees without family ties is increasingly preferred for expat assignments. This is also due to the fact that … [Read more...]

AFFECTION Builds Resilience

Psychological resilience is an individual's tendency to cope with stress and adversity. This coping may result in the individual "bouncing back" to a previous state of normal functioning, or simply not showing negative effects. A third, more controversial form of resilience is sometimes referred to as 'post-traumatic growth' or 'steeling effects' where in the experience adversity leads to better functioning (much like an inoculation gives one the capacity to cope well with future exposure to … [Read more...]

Postpartum Depression is Real – Take Action!

Having a baby is an exciting event. However, along with the joy, excitement and euphoria that surrounds the birth of a baby, many women experience feelings of depression as well as increased sensitivity, tearfullness and irritability. A woman might worry that she will not be a good mother, or that her relationship with her husband will be negatively affected by the birth. These anxieties together with unbalanced hormones and extreme fatigue can contribute to drastic mood swings, … [Read more...]

“80 OF THE BEST TIPS FOR WORKING MOMS”

Whether you are a new mom just heading back to the work force or a mom that has been back for years, you probably have found that it’s difficult to balance your work and home life. Finding ways to fit in all the things you have to do while still being able to enjoy all the things you want to do isn’t easy. However, there are ways you can reduce the time you spend tackling things on your to-do list. With the help of these 80 blogs you’ll find you have more time during the evenings, you’re … [Read more...]

“Fun Mementos to Record During Pregnancy”

You know all about the basic milestones to record during pregnancy – when you found out you were pregnant, the first time you heard the baby’s heartbeat, when you first started feeling the baby kick – but there are a whole lot of fun things you encounter on a day to day basis that make each pregnancy unique. These things are things that can take you back to a particular moment during pregnancy years down the road, and are fun to document in your baby’s online journal. As you go through your … [Read more...]

“6 Steps to Fostering Remorse in Children”

Arguments and fights on the playground or with other children are an inevitable part of childhood, however, that doesn’t make it any easier for parents or caregivers to know how to respond when their child comes home from school with stories of disagreements. It can be even harder when you find out that your child is often the one doing some of the hurting. Here are some steps you can use to help when that happens. Remember that children are frequently testing what effect their … [Read more...]

Universal Children’s Day celebrated Nov 20

On Universal Children’s Day, UN says violence against young hobbles development 20 November 2013 – Drawing a direct link between violence against children and poverty, United Nations officials marked Universal Children’s Day with a call to make child protection a priority in the global development agenda for the decades to come. “Violence against children does more than harm individual children, it undermines the fabric of society, affecting productivity, well-being, and prosperity,” UN … [Read more...]

“Pre-Birth Milestones to Track”

The nine months leading up to birth are the first interactions you have with your new baby, and whether it’s your first pregnancy or your fifth, each pregnancy you experience will have unique facets to it. Utilizing an online baby journal is a great way to document your pregnancy experience, and allows you to look back over each pregnancy and see how much your body, mind and life changed throughout it. As you document your pregnancy, keep an eye out for these different pre-birth milestones … [Read more...]

70 Time Saving Secrets for Working Moms

Managing work, the home and family is no easy feat, and trying to find the perfect balance can feel next to impossible at times. Savvy working moms know that every minute counts, and any time they can save throughout the day adds up to more time they’re able to spend with the family. These 70 blogs have all the tips and tricks you need to maximize your time so you can spend more time with the people who matter most. Feeding the Family If you ever find yourself staring aimlessly into the … [Read more...]

Parent’s Role In Child Development Programs

It’s no secret that a child’s education plays a significant role in her development during early childhood and is a determining factor in her success as an adult. Helping young children to acquire the skills they need to progress and develop along the prescribed timeline is one of a parent’s most important jobs. Understanding the role that parents play in the development and expansion of new skill sets in early childhood allows you to work more closely with the preschool or child development … [Read more...]

ANXIOUS KIDS: ANXIOUS PARENTS, Reed Wilson/Lynn Lyons

Childhood can be a frightening and uncertain time for kids, and some mild anxiety is part and parcel with growing up in a fast-paced world. What many parents don’t realize, though, is just how many children are affected by clinically recognized anxiety disorders, and that their own anxiety can be a contributing factor to their children’s struggles. Anxious Kids, Anxious Parents by Reid Wilson PhD and Lynn Lyons LICSW tackles this complicated issue head on, with a fresh and somewhat … [Read more...]

“5 Ways to Deal with Empty Nest”, Marcia Hall

With the kids back in school during the days, stay at home moms and nannies of school aged children may find that they suddenly have lots of time on their hands.  It’s not unusual for the excitement of the first day of school to quickly give way to feelings of loneliness.  To alleviate that loneliness, here are five things you can do now that the kids are out of the house for several hours. Organize the house – Summertime is full of fun vacations and busy activities.  It is not a great … [Read more...]

SOCIAL NETWORK AS A NEW MOM

Being a new mom is overwhelming. When you get home from the hospital with your new baby, you’re focused on getting used to your new role and responsibilities and enjoying mom and baby time. At some point, though, you’re hit with the desire to get out of the house and connect with other adults. When the urge hits it may be the first time that you realize you don’t have a social network as a mom. This is especially true if you’re a first time mom. Here are some ideas for making connections and … [Read more...]

Parenting, 10 Reasons Spanking Your Kids is a Bad Idea

While spanking kids is still a practice adhered to by some North American parents, it’s one that is met with its share of controversy and opposition. In fact, according to the Global Initiative to End Corporal Punishment of Children, 33 countries around the world have enacted laws that protect kids from being struck in any form or fashion by adult authority figures. Spanking is somewhat ingrained in the cultural fabric of many American families, but that doesn’t make it any less damaging to … [Read more...]

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