This little girl is happy most of the time, but especially when she is eating. It’s been so fun to watch her try certain foods for the first time and I especially love that she is now able to sit with us at the dinner table while also enjoying her own little space thanks to this high chair from @be_mindful_kids.
A common response I get to speaking out against CIO or withdrawal type sleep training methods is, “Show me proof that sleep training is harmful.” While I’m happy to share research that I stumble across, I feel like we sometimes think too simplistically about this issue, and I want to start a several part series explaining some of the problems I have with the current research and parenting paradigms
I see companies guaranteeing that babies are going to sleep through the night at 3,4,5,6,7,8 months in 14 days and I am absolutely blown away by this claim. The expectation is that the baby will go from 6pm to 6 am without calling for the parent in as little as 14 days??!!!
In his book "Last Child in the Woods" Richard Louv talks a lot about a nature deficit disorder. He writes that while childhood obesity is on the rise, so is children's participation in organized sports! What this tells us that movement alone isn't the end all be all when it comes to health - the type of movement (varried, spontaneous and unstructured), and the location (uneven terrain, among natural ecosystems), is also very important.
I had an amazing conversation with an amazing mama the other day and she is doing such a great job but she feels like she is failing her daughter. My heart just broke listening to her. This is really the theme of a lot of my consultations these days and this is how I felt the first few years of raising my little ones. That need to be perfect left me feeling completely burnt out.