Archive for the ‘Parenting’ Category

Member Musings: Why Hire a Doula?

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When our son was born I didn’t know much about birth or postpartum doulas. Both were probably mentioned during our childbirth preparation class, but I didn’t look into either service. I didn’t know how painful/long labor could be, how hard it would be

Jewish Birth Preparation Class

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Are you getting ready to have a baby? Sign up for a Jewish Birth Preparation workshop with Jewish Baby Network. This class is the perfect complement to your birth preparation classes. Our Jewish Expectant Parent Class will be held on Wednesday, February 25, 6:30 – 9:00 p.m. at Parents Place in Palo Alto. It will […]

Find Great Babysitters & Nannies with UrbanSitter

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UrbanSitter is a website and app that takes the guesswork out of finding great babysitters and nannies. * Find the help you need. From date night babysitters to part- and full-time nannies or backup care, UrbanSitter has you covered! * Built on trust. Recommendations matter, that’s why UrbanSitter shows sitters hired and reviewed by parents […]

Best of the Forum: Baby Not Walking Yet

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Our 17 mo is not walking yet – should we be concerned? She isn’t crawling or trying to get up by herself. She is happy scooting around the house on her bottom, as I did when I was a baby. I was a late walker myself (before 18 mo) and our son began walking at […]

Find Qualified Babysitters & Nannies with UrbanSitter

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Looking for a better way to find babysitters? Try UrbanSitter! Founded by three Bay Area moms, UrbanSitter is a website and app to find sitters recommended by people you know. Simply create a FREE account and identify your parenting groups (PAMP, child’s school, etc.) to see a selection of sitters whom your friends and fellow […]

The Reason Every Kid Should Talk Back to Their Parents

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The parent in me wants to squash every little insurrection as quickly as possible. But the psychologist in me is glad when my children say “No.” This is why… Sunlight is dawning across the living room floor, and the dollhouse is full of Lego Star Wars action figures. They’re sleeping in beds, sitting

Member Musings: We Can Do It!

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After researching colleges and majors, my kids asked me if I ever feel like I wasted my education giving up my career and staying home with them. Women often seem to get questioned on their choices or doing what is necessary. Never have I felt my education (both traditional & spiritual) was more

Attachment Parenting Basics

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So how do you get started with Attachment Parenting? There are no rules, just a few guidelines to help you make the minute to minute decisions as you meet your baby’s needs. Trust your own instincts. You’re a mama lion, or a papa bear. You would protect this child with your life.

Let’s Hear It for the Dads!

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Twice yearly, I pay visit to my beloved redwoods along the coast or somewhere in the northern most part of our beautiful, diverse state. It is a much needed pilgrimage, away from my schedule, computers and the usual demands of everyday life. One never knows—but prays—that whoever

Member Musings: First Grade

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First Grade, how did you get here so fast? I knew you would arrive eventually, and I admit that I was secretly impatient about the fact that you might have been taking too long to get here…at times. But, now you’re here and though I’m glad, I’m also feeling the bittersweet pain of what it […]

Member Musings: Parenting Without Punishment

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Giving up the notion that we can get what we want from our kids by use of force is key to understanding how to parent without punishment. We may think that we’re getting what we want in the moment, but what is happening to the relationship? What are we really teaching our kids?

Connecting to your Baby Before Birth

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If you’re pregnant or thinking about getting pregnant, it’s intriguing to explore ideas of how much you can actually get to know your baby before it’s born. There are many ways you can attempt to  ‘tune in’ and make contact, and strengthen the bond with your baby. Plus, it’s fun! Whether you have actively tried […]

Promote Truth-Telling:  5 Tips to Discourage Early Childhood Lying

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Honesty and truth telling are character traits learned in the home. It is a family value that parents strive to instill in their children. It could seem daunting, but not if you consider where it starts — with you. Young children tell “stories” — fibs or lies from time to time. That is a natural […]

You Can Be the Parent You Want to Be

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Parents today struggle to be present with their kids as the 24-hour connectedness to technology and work often pull attention away from the present moment. Children feel this distractedness and act in ways to pull attention back to the present moment, to them, to meet developmental needs. Children haven’t changed much over the ages: their […]

Taking on the Myth of the Spoiled Child

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A new book questions claims that today’s kids are more spoiled and narcissistic than previous generations. It seems as if everyone has something negative to say about the younger generation. Critics call today’s kids narcissistic and spoiled, blaming parents for being too permissive and overprotective.