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.

The opinions expressed by the Bébé au Lait Bloggers and those providing comments are theirs alone, and do not reflect the opinions of Bebe au Lait or any employee thereof. Bébé au Lait is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the Bébé au Lait Bloggers.

Come see what’s new from Bebe au Lait at a Trunk Show in Denver!

Here’s a fun event for all you Colorado Moms!

 

We’re having a Trunk Show

at Firefly Furnishings!

Saturday, May 12

Noon to 4:00 pm

2445 East 3rd Avenue in Denver, CO

Check out all that’s new with Bebe Au Lait,

Ju Ju Be, ERGObaby and orbit baby.

 

Join us for an afternoon of product demos, gift with purchases,

food and fun! And enter to win one of our fabulous giveaways!

The opinions expressed by the Bébé au Lait Bloggers and those providing comments are theirs alone, and do not reflect the opinions of Bebe au Lait or any employee thereof. Bébé au Lait is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the Bébé au Lait Bloggers.

Bebe au Lait Featured Retailer: May 2012 – Leloa Baby Collections & Keiki Boutique

Check out Bebe au Lait’s Featured Retailer – May 2012

Leloa store frontStore Name: Leloa Baby Collections & Keiki Boutique

Store Owner: Lynette Yi

Address: 1200 Ala Moana Blvd., Ward Centre, Honolulu, HI 96814

Phone: (808) 591-1000

Web Address: www.leloababycollections.com

Store Hours: Mon – Sat:  10am – 9pm; Sun:  10am – 6pm

Store/Customer Service Email: info@leloababycollections.com

Years in Business: We’re in our 1st Year!

 

What Bebe au Lait products do you carry?: Hooter Hiders, Nursing Covers, Gift Sets, Burp Cloths, Quibs, Lille Collection, Hooded Towels

What are your customers’ favorite prints to purchase?:                                Nest, Sienna, Fleur, Papillon

What is your favorite Bebe au Lait product?: I have two favorites:  the Gift Sets because you get a matching set of necessities and the Quibs because they are a great innovation for both baby and mommy!

What is the best way you’ve found to display the Bebe au Lait line of products?: On my ‘Hot Items’ white lacquer table and in my intimate armoire!

What is the one thing you would like others to know about you?: The one thing I would like others to know about me is that I genuinely care about what my moms want and would love to have. I will always do my best to try and make everyone happy!

 

Click here to read Leloa’s story and to learn more about the store, the owner and how the Leloa Baby Collections & Keiki Boutique came to be.

 

 

The opinions expressed by the Bébé au Lait Bloggers and those providing comments are theirs alone, and do not reflect the opinions of Bebe au Lait or any employee thereof. Bébé au Lait is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the Bébé au Lait Bloggers.

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