Parenting in an over-connected world

One of the many fun aspects of working in the baby industry is that I get to read lots of articles and blog posts on motherhood. This morning, though, I found myself tearing up while reading an article by Rachel Macy Stafford of HandsfreeMama.com. The post was titled “How to Miss a Childhood” and it explores all the ways that parents miss special moments and opportunities to connect with our children because we’re busy “connecting” with the world on our SmartPhones.

I’m not one for games or apps on my phone. But I’m known to check email constantly. I am also known to check Facebook about three times an hour, waiting to see updates from family back home in Massachusetts. It’s become almost a ritual, and I guess in some way it makes me feel less far away from the family and friends I have back home- so the motivation behind it is good (I think). But I know that I miss things with my daughter because of it. There was one line that really hit home:

If you… “*Carry your phone around so much that when you happen to leave it in one room your child will come running with it proudly in hand—treating it more like a much needed breathing apparatus than a communication device…” then you could be missing your baby’s childhood.

Harper has done this- many times. By the end of the article, I vowed that I will get better about this. Thanks Rachel for the wake-up call.

What do you think about the post? Do you recognize yourself or friends or family members in any of these situations? Pass the post along, and share your comments and thoughts here or on the original post at handsfreemama.com.

Here’s to a fun and “hands-free” weekend with our babies!

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You ARE Mom Enough.

What a day it is, for all breastfeeding moms.

With TIME magazine’s controversial cover sparking discussions all over the country, via social media, in mommy groups, even at the water cooler, it seems to me that breastfeeding really is, finally, having its day.

Does the cover go too far? Does it hurt the reputation of breastfeeding more than it helps? How old is too old? Should a mother cover up? It’s interesting to me how much time, effort and emotion people devote toward deciding whether what someone else does is right. It’s not just society, it’s even other moms. There’s not a single mother that I know who hasn’t felt judged by another mom because of a choice she’s made as a parent.

My issue with the cover isn’t the photo. It’s the title. “Are you Mom Enough?” My answer is yes. Yes I am mom enough. I might not adhere to all aspects of attachment parenting. I might not have breastfed as long as I could have. I might have covered up while nursing when others thought I shouldn’t, or not covered up when others thought I should. But my daughter loves me, and I love her. And she’s happy, and she’s healthy and growing and she makes me proud of the mother that I am every single day.

I am mom enough- and so are you, Mamas.

Happy Mother’s Day.

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Get outdoors this Spring and Summer…with the kids!

There’s literally nothing better than getting your kiddo tuckered out with a day of fun in the sun (and then enjoying the hours of quiet in the evening as a reward!) I read an article about a “bucket list” of outdoor activities to do with your kids and some of them were perfect for Spring and Summer, so I just had to share!

The article was from the Daily Mail, so I had to use the internet for some of the terms that I’m not familiar with (Conkers? Abseiling?) But what really struck me most about it was that the best things about childhood, getting outside, getting dirty, using your imagination, exploring nature, are really things that kids everywhere enjoy. Now that Harper is old enough to really get out and explore with me, I feel like this summer and the summers to come will be a chance to relive my childhood in a way, I’m really excited to get started on this bucket list!

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2 Year Olds and Temper Tantrums

At least I know I’m not alone. There are countless articles out there that describe the kinds of tantrums that two-year-olds are capable of, so I know what I’m experiencing is normal. But as a first-time-mom, there’s not an article or book out there that could have prepared me for the wrath of my unhappy two-year-old.

Toddler tantrumHarper’s outbursts have been steadily increasing in frequency and fury. She used to just cry uncontrollably. Those broke my heart to watch, but they’re nothing compared to the screaming fits that she’s been unleashing lately. Last night, it was over changing into her pajamas. A seemingly routine act, that happens literally every night ended up becoming the last thing in the world that she wanted to do- and she let us know it. Screams that echoed throughout our apartment, that probably woke up neighbors and had our cat running for cover. Flailing arms and legs. She was literally uncontrollable.

Of course, in these moments, I feel like I should be mentally going back to the articles that I’ve read about how to respond and react accordingly. Most of the time though, I’m standing there a bit paralyzed, in shock that my sweet tiny baby has already become a screaming toddler. I try to hug her and calm her down- she pushes me away. If I walk away to try to give her space, she seems to cry more. I’m still trying to figure out the right way to help her through these episodes. I hope it doesn’t take too long to figure it out.

How have you handled your toddler’s tantrums?

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