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Monday, April 14, 2014

Parenting

It seemed to happen overnight. One day, Henry was happily playing with his toys in the living room; the next day my sweet baby boy figured out how to get into the fireplace and he thrashed wildly as I wrangled him out.

Ladies and gentlemen, we have a toddler.


In honour of Henry's first toddler tantrum, I picked up a copy of Dr. Harvey Karp's The Happiest Toddler on the Block. I used to think parenting was black and white, but there is no one right way to raise your baby. I hate the "hippie housewife" label, but co-sleeping, breastfeeding, babywearing and "waiting it out" all felt natural to me. Pigeon-holing parents often comes with unfair judgements and what works for one family, won't work for another. My parenting choices are often guided by my instincts. The Happiest Toddler on the Block promises to help me eliminate tantrums and raise a respectful and cooperative child. Henry hasn't had another melt-down since the fireplace fiasco, so I haven't had a chance to practice any of Dr. Karp's gentle methods, but it feels good to know some simple strategies that might help me trudge through the trenches of toddlerhood.

Moving on!

Easter is just days away and I'm so excited about everything! Homemade cards, holiday baking, decorating eggs, church outfits and planning Henry's first Easter egg hunt.




Hoppy almost-Easter, friends!


3 comments:

  1. Listening to your instincts is the best way to do things, no matter what decision that means! Mama instincts are very, very real and when you learn how to tune into them and use them, everything else is gravy.

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  2. Oh my goodness Henry is getting so big! His little boy hair is the cutest ♥

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    1. I know, I can't believe it! The last time you saw him he was so little (and chubby!) HA!

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