Month: August 2017

Review – Vega Essentials shake

Review – Vega Essentials shake

In my quest for healthy, low-carb food (my family has a bad history of type-2 diabetes), I came upon the Vega Essentials shake powder at Target.  I bought the chocolate flavor. Here are the things I really like about it: Almost no glycemic load – […]

Allergic to dish soap – Lymes disease

Allergic to dish soap – Lymes disease

Before I was diagnosed with Lymes disease, one of the symptoms was a strange rash on my right hand. A dermatologist misdiagnosed it as eczema, an auto-immune disorder.  He prescribed strong steroids, both oral and cream, and you know what – the rash did clear […]

What’s Best for Your Baby?

What’s Best for Your Baby?

Coming home with a new baby can fill you with millions of questions, many of which seem impossible to answer. New parents are faced with the responsibility of caring for their baby, which, yes, seems simple enough. But how do you best care for your baby?

 

How do you really know what’s best?

 

This simple question can make new parents feel like they are tumbling down a rabbit hole, lost in a sea of information and differing opinions. Everyone wants to weigh in, but does anyone really know what’s best?

 

Although the Internet is undoubtedly a valuable tool for new parents, helping them through long nights with sick children or letting them research the latest products, it is also overwhelming. There is, perhaps, too much information to sort through. Just when you think you’ve got something figured out, a new article or a new post tells you something different.

 

Many parents today would agree that they are in a constant state of questioning.

 

What’s the remedy?

 

It’s good to remember that parenting is natural. There is something innate about holding an infant or knowing what to do when they are sick. For the most part, there really isn’t much you need to know.

 

You already know everything you need to.

 

Instant access to answers and opinions online have caused us as parents to forget to trust our natural instincts. Rather than thinking for ourselves, we turn to others, deeming them smarter or more experienced than ourselves.



 

But really, no one knows what’s better for your baby than you do. When you disconnect from what others are telling you to do (or showing you to do), you give yourself space to trust what comes naturally.

 

No, you won’t be perfect. Yes, you will make mistakes and have questions. But, no matter what, you can be confident that you are always doing what’s best for your baby – and yourself.

 

When you do choose to seek the advice from others or the Internet, it’s important to remember to sort out what is factual and what is opinion. For the most part, both sources are filled with opinions on parenting philosophies and practices, but very little is actually factually based. While it’s not bad to hear the ideas of others, it can start to be damaging if you let those opinions override your natural instincts.

 

And, of course, in the case of illness or injuries, it’s always best to consult a medical professional. While the Internet and friends can serve as tools, and while you can have a gut-instinct of what needs to be done, it’s never worth the risk to not get the attention necessary for proper treatment. Have a medical professional you trust, and who has similar beliefs or who at least understands how you are choosing to parent, on-hand so that when you need them, they’ll be there.



Bringing up the Natural Baby

Bringing up the Natural Baby

While much of the world is interested in going modern, keeping up with the latest advances in technology and looking for anything sleek and shiny, many parents these days are interested in something different. When you transition from adulthood to parenthood, your focus changes on […]

Promote baby’s courage with this simple game

Promote baby’s courage with this simple game

This is a game I call finger tag.  It can be played with babies or children between four months and ten years old.   Setup Have the child in a safe location, ideally sitting up with her hands and upper torso free.   For babies, […]

Rock out!

Rock out!

Sometimes we just need some music to get into balance again.

 

 

Feeling stressed today?     You have company – we are too!

Here is a fun idea to get over the hump:  Rock out!

Go turn on some fun music and get into the groove.  Your entire family will enjoy it!

 

Not sure what to listen to?    Here is a YouTube playlist of the Best Pop Songs of 2017

 

 

 

Insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome, and weight gain

Insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome, and weight gain

My story I remember being skinny when I was five years old.  In the bathroom I could look down and see my chest, my thighs, my knees, and my feet, all in one glance.  My mom couldn’t do that – she had about fifty extra […]