Dinner Habit

February 18, 2010

Ten years ago, before we had kids, my husband and I would very often eat in front of the TV.  We enjoyed it, and we saw no reason to change.  But a couple of years later when the first baby came along, we knew we needed to make a switch. We knew the kind of […]

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Christmas and Crisis

December 16, 2009

The only Christmas I was pregnant, my second pregnancy, was not one I spent celebrating with carols and singing and anticipation of things to come. Instead, I spent the time in a cramped van for two days, and laughing for the first time. When I was 19 weeks pregnant, my father-in-law passed away very suddenly […]

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I Never Want to Sleep Alone

November 18, 2009

“Mommy, do you know why I have all my pets around me when I sleep?” “Why?” “Because I never want to sleep alone!” Why is the idea of sleeping alone such an unpleasant thought for a 4 ½-year-old? My daughter has slept with someone for over 3/4 of her life.

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Birthday Boy

October 23, 2009

Today is my son’s birthday; he is eight years old.  He is my firstborn. I have been a parent for eight years.  My parenting has evolved during that time. When I was first pregnant with him, I had visions of a cheery, chubby baby who would enter my life, but wouldn’t alter it significantly.  I’d […]

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Rest and Sleep the AP Way

September 15, 2009

I recently came across an ad for a new kind of formula which advertises that it “specially designed to help babies feel full longer and sleep better.” The ad also states that it “thickens gently in baby’s tummy” and that it is a “natural way to keep your baby feeling satisfied.” In short, the message […]

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Reaping the Rewards

August 13, 2009

There is a popular misconception in the mainstream about attachment parenting; a school of thought that attachment parenting is the same as no parenting. “If you don’t spank your child, he’ll run all over you!” “Don’t put your child in your bed!  How will she ever learn to sleep on her own?” “How will your […]

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Changing Touch

June 16, 2009

My son, my oldest child, is 7 1/2 years old and a rising second grader.  For his entire life, he has always been the child who would never stray far from me, loves cuddles and physical contact.  And he has stopped holding my hand in public. Since his toddler years, our rule has been that […]

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Take It To The Limit

May 13, 2009

Struggles are part of parenthood.  We all have particular struggles and internal battles.  Unfortunately, something that happens very often is that we parents don’t like to admit our struggles.  Perhaps this is done for self-preservation, and perhaps this is done to avoid making others uncomfortable.  We like to be self-confident, sure, and positive.  But I […]

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