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How to Keep Your Relationship Strong After a Baby

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Having a baby is usually a time of great joy but it is also a time when the relationship between partners is challenged. This is because you undergo a major transformation when you become a parent. A whole new part of your psyche is born - the Inner Mother or Inner Father. This personal change, together with the ...
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Babies’ stress levels double when separated from their mothers

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A recent study has shown that separating babies from mothers after birth doubles babies' stress levels. Here's an article about the study: http://bit.ly/QskLme P ost-birth separation is still pretty common in most Western countries, which is really interesting because our most fundamental 'relationship rules' - at least for when we're ...
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How to Enjoy Your Relationship with Your Teenager

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'Teenagers are difficult!' everyone knows. But are they? Maybe it's parents who need to find a different way to approach how to relate with their children when they are going through this intense life stage.  M y eldest daughter is well and truly a teenager now, and the most surprising thing for me about this ...
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Attachment Parenting vs Authoritative Parenting

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I identify more as an 'attachment parent' than an 'authoritative parent' but I've always wondered why people would raise their children in an authoritative or authoritarian way. So I did an experiment and got in touch with my own inner authoritarian parental energy to see what I could learn from it. The lessons were ...
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Connect With Your Child Consciously (Or With Anyone Else!)

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Learn how to consciously connect with your children to help with all kinds of parenting challenges. Conscious parenting involves becoming aware of your natural connecting style and learning how to choose the way you connect in different situations to help you with the day-to-day challenges of parenting.  C onnecting with your children (and with anyone else!) is something ...
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What Captain Jack Sparrow Taught Me About Work Life Balance

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If you're an overly responsible person whose work life balance is out, or a parent who takes your parenting responsibilities really seriously and you're not having much fun, here's what you can learn from Captain Jack Sparrow.  I watched the first Pirates of the Caribbean film with my kids the other day (again) and found ...
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Supernanny or Super Mama?

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I wrote this piece in response to criticism mothers often have directed at us about how we raise our children 'these days', and in particular to the popular parent-helper Supernanny. It explains the crucial parent/child bond - different to the nanny/child bond - and how this is the blueprint for all later relationships. A re ...
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Help Your Child Sleep Alone by Managing Your Energetic Connection with Them

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Teaching a baby or child to go to sleep on their own, without the help of rocking, singing, breastfeeding, lying down with them, or other external aid, is one of the most difficult times for many parents. It’s as though getting to sleep independently is the last thing children want ...
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My First Tween Issue: Ear Piercing

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To pierce or not to pierce. Parents have to make all kinds of decisions about when and if to allow something their child wants, and when to allow ear piercing is what this post is about. M y eldest daughter, who has just turned ten, is leading me into the unexplored territory of tweenhood. ...