Setting Boundaries as New Parents for a Peaceful Holiday Season

Well, the holiday season is upon us.  Thanksgiving is a week away and I swear it sneaks up on me faster and faster every year.  The holidays can be stressful, chaotic, busy for everyone.  This can be especially true for new moms.

I have couples tell me all the time how stressful the holiday season can be with a new baby at home.  They share that they feel obligated to make the rounds.  I always tell them that they don’t need to do that.

How to Parent When Your Heart is Broken

Parenthood is never easy, even when life seems perfect.  And those times when life is not so perfect?  Harder.  And those times when loss, tragedy or trauma happen?  The hardest.  Lately, it’s hard to listen to the news log onto social media.  It seems like there’s a new natural disaster or political mess every single day.  It’s starting to feel normal, even though we know nothing about any of this is or should be normal. 

With details about the Las Vegas Shooting coming out nearly a week later (and will probably continue to roll out in the weeks and months to come), we might be in for a rough emotional ride.  Especially because of how particularly senseless or inexplicable this event feels.  Especially especially if you know someone was there or otherwise feel some connection to that particular place.  

7 Calming Tips for Tantrums & Meltdowns

There’s possibly nothing worse than an inconsolable little one in the middle of a meltdown.  It can be heartbreaking and infuriating at the same time.  And if you’re in a public place, it can be downright mortifying at times.  For what it’s worth, momma, EVERY mom has these moments.  Babies and toddlers don’t care if you’re a celebrity or on the phone or have already had a rough day.  So, don’t feel too bad if it happens in public!  So, when it happens to you, here are my 7 best tips to calm your child:

Dear Momma, Your Priorities are Skewed!

Dear Momma,
Your priorities are skewed!

Now, honestly, I mean that in the nicest way. Because if you’ve met me before you know that saying something direct and possibly hurtful is not my style.  But I feel like if I don’t tell you, then I can’t continue to sit back and watch you be miserable and continue to let you commiserate.  Because momma, you are so focused on what isn’t right that you aren’t noticing the positive.

7 Things All Moms Should Know About The Brain to Get Control Over Their Stress

There is nothing quite like motherhood to make you feel like you’ve lost control or that you’ve met your limit, right?  Often times, motherhood can feel joyful, meaningful, boring, stressful, exhausting….all in one day.  I think ideally we’d all like to feel more joy and meaning than stress and exhaustion though.  And, thankfully, there are actual things you can do to make sure you feel more ease and can enjoy the positives more.