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Happy Friday! Don't miss this week's Toddler Ages and Stages Tip in the Aha! Newsletter:
Game Plan for Your First Trimester
Welcome to the first stage of parenting: Growing your baby! Nine months may seem like a long time, but it flies by -- and you have important work to do during those months. This trimester, you have five primary goals:

1. Fix up your baby's first room: Your body!
Your baby will spend the months until birth in the perfect room -- as long as you send the right room service deliveries.  It's not just nutrients, although nutrition is critical because your body can only use what you feed it to grow your baby.  Hormones, neurotransmitters, and the rest of your body chemistry matter too.  When mothers feel emotions – positive and negative – their body chemistry changes accordingly.  Babies experience all of these changes. (read more in the Aha! Weekly)  READ POST

Friday, February 06, 2015 | Permalink

“Parents have to be experts at reconnecting.” -- Dr. Lawrence Cohen

In our last post, we started to address Katherine’s question: "Can you give tips on how to stay connected when you feel irritable?  I'm not yelling, but I’m not as respectful as I think I should be." – Katherine

The first step when you're in a bad mood is  always to check in with yourself and shift your own state so that you feel better. Tough? Yes, but it gets easier with practice, and what an invaluable skill!   READ POST

Thursday, February 05, 2015 | Permalink

Happy Wednesday! Don't miss today's Parenting Question from the Aha! Weekly Newsletter.

Dr. Laura...... I have a few key areas where I know I need to grow and progress in order to properly model for my kids. I seem to have inherited some very undesirable traits from my father's parenting style. While I can clearly see them, I'm at a loss for fixing them. Can you help?

(read more in the Aha! Weekly)  READ POST

Wednesday, February 04, 2015 | Permalink

"Can you give tips on how to stay connected when you feel irritable?  I'm not yelling, but I’m not as respectful as I think I should be." – Katherine

We all have irritable days, when we find ourselves reacting to our child with impatience. We know what respect and compassion look like, but somehow we can’t find them at that moment. We might feel so fed up that connecting is the last thing we feel like doing.

As long as you catch yourself, apologize, and get yourself back on track, the humans who love you will forgive you. In fact, the way you repair those small relationship ruptures will teach your child some essential lessons about life and love. 

Katherine already knows the answer for those irritable times:  Re-connect with your child, so you're more emotionally generous and she's more cooperative.

The hard part, of course, is that we can't reconnect until we first shift out of that irritable place. So start by shifting gears. Here's how.  READ POST

Tuesday, February 03, 2015 | Permalink

Happy Monday! Don't miss today's Parenting Secret from the Aha! Weekly Newsletter.



It's a big world out there.

When your child was a baby or toddler, you were always there, or you left your child in the care of a trusted, nurturing adult. But as your child gets older, you'll be holding his or her hand less and less. You're bound to worry a bit about safety. And when kids begin to navigate the sidewalks or even public transit themselves, it can be positively nerve-wracking.......(read more in the Aha! Weekly)  READ POST

Monday, February 02, 2015 | Permalink

“Where did we ever get the crazy idea that in order to make children do better, first we have to make them feel worse? Think of the last time you felt humiliated or treated unfairly. Did you feel like cooperating or doing better?” - Jane Nelsen

Parents are often surprised to hear that I suggest they move beyond Discipline. But discipline means "to guide" and most of what we think of as discipline (spankings, consequences, timeouts) actually gets in the way of guiding our kids to better behavior.  READ POST

Thursday, January 29, 2015 | Permalink

Happy Wednesday! Don't miss today's Parenting Question from the Aha! Weekly Newsletter.

How authentic should parents be with kids about their own emotions?
Dr. Laura.....Does being emotionally stoic damage kids emotionally? Shouldn't they see our authentic emotions?  READ POST

Wednesday, January 28, 2015 | Permalink