Should I Co Sleep With My Baby: Benefits & Dangers

Should I Co Sleep With My Baby: Benefits & Dangers

Dear Family & Friends,

“Does your daughter sleep through the night?  You know, it might be time for her to sleep in her own bed. Why did you even buy a crib if you weren’t going to use it?” Robin was listening to her mother complain about where her grandbaby should be sleeping.

“No, I don’t know that,” Robin replied. “We’re still breastfeeding and it’s fine for Crystina to be sleeping with us. We will use the crib when we’re ready.”

Bed Sharing With Baby; Co Sleeping with Infants
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Parents Sleeping With Children

Robin believed breastfeeding and co-sleeping is how to bond with your baby. She loved bonding with her baby and she knew co-sleeping made it easier to establish and maintain a successful breastfeeding relationship. Her mother didn’t breastfed any of her babies, so she didn’t understand how important this was to Robin.

Natalie was very vocal about her opinions. She believed there was a real danger of a mother rolling over and smothering her tiny infant, or that her Crystina is vulnerable to SIDS because they are co-sleeping, when doctors don’t even know the actual cause of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

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When She Drinks Too Much: How To Deal With A Drunk Mother In Law

When She Drinks Too Much: How To Deal With A Drunk Mother In Law

Dear Family & Friends,

Daniel didn’t want to be deployed away from his family anymore and miss his children growing up, so he retired from military service. The couple moved back to Daniel’s home town. He was working with his dad again until he could find a steady job.

Michelle called me up and told me what was happening, “I have the world’s worst monster-in-law! When we go to visit, she starts drinking early in the morning and doesn’t stop until she passes out in the evening.”

How To Deal With A Difficult Mother In Law
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How To Deal With Your Mother In Law

“Keep in mind, while this is going on, she’s telling me how to be a mother and trying to take my daughter out of my arms (even if I’m nursing!). I love my husband and I want to be able to tolerate his mother so there isn’t a strain. How do I deal with her constant negative comments and drinking?”

Daniel’s parents, Dorothy and Jack, had been married for years… nobody really knew how long. Nobody really knew why. They bickered at one another constantly, they certainly didn’t seem happy. They both drank ridiculous amounts of alcohol when they weren’t working, and just seemed to be living their life in a drunken haze.

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An Every Day Survival Guide: How To Stop Stressing

An Every Day Survival Guide: How To Stop Stressing

Dear Family & Friends,

“How do I stop stressing over everything?” Rosemary asked me. Rosemary is working from home and studying for classes, so she needs to be on the computer a lot. Plus, she is mom to a two-year-old boy who wants to play all the time… you know the type, boundless energy!

She would love to spend more time with him, but she is also planning to move in a few weeks and trying to pack up boxes on top of her heavy schedule. Feeling overwhelmed and stressing about all her worries, Rosemary was on the brink of crying, “I don’t know what to do to take care of him and get my work done, too.”

Simple techniques
When you are stressing too much
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When you are feeling low
in every day life

We got out some pots and pans on the kitchen floor and let her son pretend to cook with some wooden spoons. First of all, I told her, just breathe. Take a moment to catch your breath. Your cells in your body need oxygen and when you stop to take a few deep breaths, it really does wonders for your body and your brain.

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Just Living To Winning: Be Brave & Happy

Just Living To Winning: Be Brave & Happy

Dear Family & Friends,

I went to pick up my 3-year old son from his dad’s house after work. Once upon a time we were married and raising our happy family together, but now we couldn’t agree on anything. Rules were so different at each house, it was so bizarre.

How To Deal With Difficult People
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With A Difficult Situation

For some reason, they were arguing when I arrived. His father was overreacting and yelling at our little boy by the time I walked up to the porch. I didn’t know what the problem was, but as my son walked past me and towards the car, I could see the anger rise up in him. His little hands turned to fists and his shoulders arched up high. He turned around and pointed at his dad, “I’m not the jerk! You’re the jerk!”

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