Sitting in the urgent care waiting room this weekend, I had some time to read part of an article in a back issue of “Psychology Today” about whether over-parenting is resulting in “wimpy” kids. I didn’t get to read the whole article (it was rather lengthy), but the jist of it was that by over-protecting our kids, we may make them rely on us too much and result in “wimps.” The summary of the article, called “A Nation of Wimps,” is as follows: “Parents are going to ludicrous lengths to take the bumps out of life for their children. However, parental hyperconcern has the netRead More →

Something I read recently in a book called “Mothering Your Nursing Toddler” really struck me. The jist of it is that even though many people chose to parent differently from you, there doesn’t have to be a “right” and “wrong” way. The quote comes from a section about “Coping with Pressure from Outsiders” and goes like this: “Other people nearer your own age may need to put down your decisions as defense for their own parenting choices on the assumption that one of you has to be wrong. (How much better it would be if we could, every one of us, think through what seemsRead More →

A friend of mine recently brought into question the fact that I follow and espouse the AAP’s (American Academy of Pediatrics) recommendations and guidelines regarding television viewing (and other things), yet I do not follow their recommendations regarding vaccinations. I’m glad she brought it up because this is something I’ve been giving a lot of thought to lately and trying to figure out exactly where I stand. After all, how can I say “yes, the AAP is right” regarding one thing, and not another? This is the conclusion I’ve come to: I follow the AAP’s recommendations on all of the things that make sense toRead More →

Children’s Coalition to Parents: HBO’s Classical Baby is a Classic Hoax WASHINGTON — May 10 — The Campaign for Commercial-Free Childhood (CCFC) is warning parents to keep their infants and toddlers away from the upcoming HBO television special Classical Baby which will air on Saturday, May 14. According to HBO, the program is beneficial for infants and young children. Psychiatrist Alvin F. Poussaint of the Judge Baker Children’s Center challenged HBO’s claims about the show’s benefits for babies: “There is no scientific evidence that demonstrates watching television is beneficial to infants. In fact, because of possible risks, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that childrenRead More →

I didn’t get a chance to post yesterday, but I wanted to say happy belated Mother’s Day to all of the wonderful mothers out there!! I know there are at least a handful of moms who periodically check my blog and I hope you all had a great day yesterday. :) I had a nice day myself. After Jody made me breakfast and gave me cards from him and Ava, we went to Boulder to the Mother’s Day Parade put on by Mothers Acting Up. There was a great turnout and we had a good time walking in the parade and even ran into someoneRead More →

Today I celebrated my 30th birthday. It’s hard to believe I’ve been alive for 30 years already now. Sheesh! That sounds like soooo long to me. But then when I think about the things that I’ve accomplished in my life thus far, it feels about right. I’m pretty darn happy with where I am today. :) I had a really great birthday. After we went to Ava’s Music Together class this morning, Jody took us out to brunch at one of my favorite restaurants – Lucille’s Creole Cafe. Then it was off to the spa at a swanky hotel for an 80 minute massage thatRead More →