Posts Tagged ‘Family’

Finding Out You’re Having Multiples

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Hearing your baby’s heartbeat for the first time is as amazing as every parent says. A fetal heartbeat is quick – our baby’s was 160 beats per minute. When I heard it, I felt my own heart race to keep up. On the ultrasound screen, we saw a tiny, Teddy-bear-shaped body wiggling around in what […]

Mommy, Can We Send Baby Back Now?

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I thought I had dodged a bullet when my second son was born and my first seemed to fall in love with him right ‘out of the box’, so to speak. The baby was doted on, squeezed, admired, snuggled and generally adored by my older son. I was relieved…I had done something right, clearly! Maybe […]

Celebrating 30 Years as a Mom

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If you asked me what I received as a Mother’s Day gift last year, I admit, I don’t remember. If you asked me to list all my favorite gifts over the last few years or even longer, I don’t remember those either. Don’t get me wrong — I like getting gifts! Who doesn’t? But gifts, […]

Member Musings: Partners in Storytime

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I love reading to my kid. Since he was a little guy, we would read stories together before naps, before bed, at night and at random periods throughout the day. It’s always fun to snuggle up with a little one and a book. There were times early on that I found I was able to recite […]

Member Musings: Things To Do on Valentines Day with Kids

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This Valentines Day, celebrate with the kids! What a perfect time to express how happy you are to be their mom or dad, and just how much you love them. Here are a few ideas to help get you in the mood for celebrating as a family. Use these and/or come up with some fun […]

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.

Member Musings: Parenting Without Punishment


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?

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

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 […]

Member Musings: Kids are People, too


There was a time in American history when women didn’t have the right to vote; when domestic violence was considered a private matter; when slavery was legal. Thankfully, America got its head out of its butt and began to protect these precious people. So, what about the children? Why should children be any less protected […]

Taking on the Myth of the Spoiled Child

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.

Member Musings: Why It’s Important To Play With Your Child…


… when you maybe don’t want to. All of us have been young children, as limited in our worldview as we were in our abilities to reach the countertop or into a high drawer for some scissors to go run around with. All of us have had to settle, for better or worse, with our small […]

Member Musings: Jokes in the Car


On a not-so-long but very-long ride in the car the other day, I overheard some silly jokes in the back seat . . . .   What do you say when someone keeps stealing your cheese?

Member Musings: Dinner Funnies


A recent family dinner conversation went like this:Dad: I don’t know. I think if you had wanted to be committed to me on our first date, I would have been, um, . . .Mom: Thrilled! You would have been thrilled! Yes?

July 20th is PAMP Family Day!

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PAMP’s Annual Family Day will be held on Sunday, July 20th. Mark your calendars! When: Sunday July 20th, 2014, 10 AM – 1 PM Where: Mitchell Park, Palo Alto, Redwood & Pine Grove Group Areas Family Day is one of PAMP’s biggest events of the year to celebrate its member families and to show appreciation for the many volunteers who help make the […]

Competition vs. Creativity

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We civilized folk seem to be addicted to competition — obsessed with who is the best and the worst, who has the most and the least, who are the winners and the losers. In our culture we habitually frame most everything in terms of conflict and competition. “Do you love dancing? … You should enter […]