Before my 6-week-old son, Jasper, was even conceived, he was already teaching me one of the most valuable lessons of my life so far. It took my husband and me nearly three years to finally welcome our first child, and it wasn’t until two years into that process that I received the insight I needed […]
I’ll be the first to admit that I have no clue what I’m doing when it comes to this whole “being a mom” thing. The more I read and research, it seems like the more there is to learn, and it all varies depending on who you ask. A lot of it seems like nonsense. […]
Here’s your chance to have a professional photographer create a keepsake photo of your child! The Lane County Children’s Photo Contest is open for appointments now through March. Four photographers are donating their time and discounting their sitting fees to $49 so you can own a ‘forever’ photo while Parenting Now! receives a donation from […]
When you become pregnant, you immediately surrender your personal autonomy to some degree. My body’s primary purpose at the moment is to nurture and protect my baby, without ceasing, until I deliver. And that’s okay! Most of the time, the things that are best for baby, like a nutritious diet and regular exercise, are also […]
Babies enter the world ready to learn. Before they can recognize words, grab an object or even focus their eyes, they can enjoy books. The American Academy of Pediatrics recently issued a policy encouraging parents to read aloud daily beginning in infancy. After all, if we want our children to become lifelong readers, we need to […]
Age-Appropriate Gift Ideas from Parenting Now! Suggested by our professional parenting educators The parenting educators at Parenting Now! want to remind parents that their time with their children is the best gift. Here are some other options: INFANTS (used with adult supervision once the child is old enough to sit up): Mirrors (unbreakable) Balls “Baby […]
On the Importance and Unimportance of Birth Plans The closer I get to giving birth, the more people ask me about the birth plan. Hospital or home birth? Who will be in the room? Will I get an epidural? Will I play music, or meditate or just scream like a spider monkey? The casual way […]
Children and families face any number of different needs that may keep the youngsters from developing and reaching their personal potential. Many of these issues are out of the parent or child’s control. However, when it comes to kids who just don’t get enough floor time, and especially tummy time as infants, there is something […]
In addition to benefits for the brain and for behavior, having regular bedtime routines and getting adequate sleep has positive impacts on children’s health, including regulation of blood sugars and a decreased risk for childhood obesity.
Often, bedtime routines are cited by parents as one of the most challenging parenting experiences. However, learning routines is like learning any other skill for a young child – through repetition and practice, they can master the routine and benefit from a consistent sleep schedule.
Fetal-infant mortality rates are like the tip of an iceberg. Beneath the surface are health, social and economic factors that work together to continue to put more babies at risk. These rates are a well-established, accepted marker for the health and well-being of a nation, state, region or community.