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Self-Care Benefits Entire Family

As parents, self-care can feel like one more item on our never-ending to-do list. We can even beat ourselves up over it — or feel guilty when we do take time for ourselves. But self-care shouldn’t be a cause of stress or worry. Rather, it should replenish your soul and make the challenges of parenting …

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Managing The Stresses of Parenting

If you are a new parent, you know the answer to the redundant question, “Are you stressed?” Parenthood can be incredibly joyful, but it is also demanding and stressful for every parent. The good news is there are ways to help you handle the very real stresses of parenting. New baby, new priorities Maybe you …

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Understanding and Taming Our Stress Responses

  Life can present all kinds of stressful situations, ranging from mundane, everyday stresses like running late for work, or more extreme stressors like being chased by a wild animal. When you experience stress, you might get a headache or a churning stomach. You might snap at your kids, cry more easily, think negative or …

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Setting Parenting Goals For The New Year

It’s a time honored tradition to set goals for yourself for the New year. For some, it’s reducing sugar intake; for others, it is spending more time in nature. But what if this year you tried setting parenting goals for yourself? Your parenting goals could be a behavior you want to change in yourself, such …

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Self-care isn’t just a buzzword

Wow, what a time of year, right?! All the lights, activities, shopping, hustle and bustle — all while parenting, too! Parenting is a full-time job, and it requires a commitment to taking care of your child’s physical and emotional needs. But what about your own needs? When’s the last time you checked in on your …

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All Parents Benefit From Parenting Education

According to the National Parenting Education Network, “Loving may be instinctual, but skills are developed. Even before becoming a parent and throughout your journey, you can continually learn skills and gain insights. These empower relationships, support growth and development, and create family well-being, even during difficult transitions.” As parents, we can all benefit from parenting …

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Social Support Reduces Risk of Isolation

Families having fun and socializing during Squishtivities. Between feedings, diaper changes, holding, swaying, and rocking, it can be easy to get caught up in the demands of parenthood—leaving little time to attend to your own individual needs. It’s not uncommon for new parents to feel sad, anxious, overwhelmed, or depressed during the baby’s first year …

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Grow Your Social Support Network to Reduce Isolation

Along with all the joys and precious moments with your little one, parenting a new baby can be lonely work. Especially as a new parent – you are adapting to a lot! There are long days of seemingly endless feedings and diaper changes, rocking and swaying, swaddling and then re-swaddling—and, ironically, you are never really …

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Surviving Summer Pregnancy

When you’re pregnant, it doesn’t take much time in the sun to feel overheated, but there are some things you can do to stay cool (or at least comfortable) during the summer months as the temperatures start to spike.  Did someone turn up the thermostat? No, it’s not an illusion. Your internal body temperature is …

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Survival Tips for Summer Parenting

Summer is a busy time for parents. There’s swimming, camps, sleepovers, picnics, playgrounds—not to mention the everyday chores like laundry that need tending to. It can be hard to manage it all in one day! So what can parents do to juggle the demands of parenting, while still finding balance in their day and keeping their sanity? …

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