Monday, January 23, 2012

Naps for Toddlers are Even More Important Than You Might Think!

Hey moms...listen up! A new study from the University of Colorado Boulder shows that toddlers between 2 and a half and 3 years old who miss only a single daily nap show more anxiety, less joy and interest and a poorer understanding of how to solve problems.

Check out what CU-Boulder Assistant Professor Monique LeBourgeois has to say about this new study here. It's a very interesting read! Do you agree? Sound off in the comments section.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Cry It Out?

A recent blog entry on Psychology Today's website discusses the dangers of parents letting their babies "cry it out." The origin of the "cry it out" method began long ago in the 1800's, but it's a philosophy many parents still follow today. Dr. Narvaez, the author of the article, states that research has shown that babies left to cry alone in their cribs suffer from extreme distress and the practice creates long term effects, such as impaired growth and an inability to trust.

Yowza. Does this new school of thought change the way you view the "cry it out" method, or are you still a firm believer? Check out the article and let us know what you think!

Monday, January 2, 2012

New Year, New You!

When I think New Year's resolutions, I often think fitness goals. However, this year, I am trying to think of family and parenting goals to set for myself for 2012. Resolutions such as, "I will spend one-on-one time with my husband each week, sans kids" or "I resolve to fix more natural, organic and fresh meals for my family."

Do you ever make any New Year's resolutions that revolve around family life? If so, what are they? Share with us in the comments section below.

Here are a few sites that have some examples of family or parenting resolutions that may give you some good ideas! I encourage you to add some family resolutions to your list for 2012!

Fit Pregnancy- 26 Resolutions

Towson Patch- A Mother's New Year's Resolutions

New York Times- New Year's Resolutions to Parent By

Baby Zone- Practical New Year's Resolutions for Busy Parents