Is Crying the Problem or the Solution?

Is Crying the Problem or the Solution?

One evening I was working with a family whose baby wasn’t sleeping well. Dad declared, “It’s like crying is actually a solution!” Like many families, they had tried several things—bouncing, shushing, nursing to sleep, etc. Really, baby had needed to let off some steam...
Resolving Birth Experience to Help Baby Sleep

Resolving Birth Experience to Help Baby Sleep

I find that many babies who aren’t sleeping well are still trying to process their birth experience. A baby’s quest for resolution and his/her ability to relax can be very interconnected! Sleep is a state—so we need to look at what’s “on their mind” and...
Play is Self Care—I Mean For You, Mama!

Play is Self Care—I Mean For You, Mama!

Recently, a friend and I were discussing how an ability to play is required on our list of friend qualities. In Aware Parenting, we talk about “attachment play.” It’s super-duper, and every parent should know about it! But it’s not what this post is about. Moms...
What is “Crying In Arms”?

What is “Crying In Arms”?

You’ll notice I talk about “crying in arms” (CIA) a lot. It’s important information for all parents! But it can also have a huge impact on sleep, behaviors, and demeanor. This comes from the Aware Parenting approach, the work of Aletha Solter, Ph.D Isn’t all crying...

Finding Your Calm in Triggering Moments

Today I’m thinking about equanimity in relation to parenting. Honestly, I had a reality check on what that word even means, ha! So let’s start there. e·qua·nim·i·ty mental calmness, composure, and evenness of temper, especially in a difficult situation: she accepted...