NURTURE

To Pacify or Not To Pacify

TO PACIFY OR TO NOT PACIFY By Libby Hudson Lydecker “ Pacifiers as a tool to comfort or soothe a child come under some debate as to their function and possible abuse or over use.” Pacifiers can be the difference to some moms between a peaceful plane ride or a plane ride from hell full of stress and dirty looks. They can be a helpful tool in comforting a child as well as a functional way to help wean a child off breast feeding when that time comes. However, pacifiers as a tool to comfort or soothe a child come...

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How to Socialize the Anti-social: TODDLER PLAYDATES

How to Socialize the Anti-social: TODDLER PLAYDATES By Libby Hudson Lydecker Toddlers. The terrible two’s. Our tiny bosses from hell. Those adorable bundles of chaos and love in non stop motion. Take the energy of a puppy, the patience of a monkey combined with the communication skills of a moody cat and you have a handful on wheels. And when a mom friend suggests you get your two little people together for a social interaction in the form of a playdate, you think, “What could go wrong?” Anyone who has ever endured a toddler playdate from hell will tell you:...

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Astro Musings: Gemini

ASTRO MUSINGS Know thy child   By Andee Nathanson All photos: Donnie Ray Jones archives. http://www.flickr.com/photos/donnieray/ The sign Gemini is ruled by Mercury, which is mind: thought, words, communications, exchange of ideas. It is the realm of publicity, journalism, writing of all kinds. In fact, some of our greatest writers were/are Geminis. All Geminis are curious and clever. One might fault them for perpetually absorbing anything and everything and quickly moving on. The truth is, they will sometimes miss the deeper analysis but without Geminis we would possibly miss our press corps, our magazines, our publishers. If I were to pick...

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ASK ALI- My Child Was Diagnosed with Autism

Send in your questions for our resident family counselor to AskAli@RealMomDaily.com Dear Ali, My child was just diagnosed with autism.  She is 3 years old.  Did I do something wrong? I keep feeling like maybe it is something I did. I am an older mom (I was 35 when I got pregnant), could that be why? Is there anywhere I can go to get help for her? Are there any support groups for parents of Autistic children? Beating myself up in the San Fernando Valley of Southern California   Dear SFV, I’m so sorry to hear this. No parent...

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Healing Hands for Helping- Mindful Mama

Healing Hands for Helping. By Libby Hudson Lydecker Photo by: Cathryn Farnsworth  “In Yoga, we explore the connection of the hands to the heart center with different mudras (hand positions) and kriyas (exercises).  When we activate and energize this power in ourselves, we can send our love directly from the heart center through our hands to our little ones.” As moms we experience the healing powers of our hands on a daily basis. From holding little hands, wiping tears and placing, bandaids our job is hands on everyday, all day. Our hands our so intimately connected to our children...

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