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Shyness, Sports participation

The Positive Impact of Sports for Shy Children

February 4, 2019, Author: Tamra Cater

I was always shy as a child, and I still am as an adult. However, there was one thing that truly helped my shyness and self-esteem, and it was participating in sports. For example, I participated in gymnastics and swimming. This helped increase my overall self-esteem, my social anxiety, my perceptions of my appearance, and […]

Postpartum period

Things I Wish I Knew After Having a Baby: Coping with the Changes

February 2, 2019, Author: Tamra Cater

This post may contain affiliate links and we may earn compensation when you click on the links and make a purchase.  It was almost scary to leave the sanctuary of the hospital, as I was a first time mom and didn’t know what I was doing. I couldn’t keep a plant alive, so how does […]

Infant feeding

Breastfeeding vs. Bottlefeeding: Which is Best?

January 29, 2019, Author: Tamra Cater

This post contains affiliate links, so if you click on the link, we may earn a small commission at no cost to you. I was interested in breastfeeding my baby before she was even born. I wasn’t sure how often or how much, but I felt as if I needed to because of the health […]

Listening

The Secret to Getting Your Kids to Listen

January 27, 2019, Author: Tamra Cater

My daughter went through this stage where she would purposefully not listen. For instance, I could tell when she was about to go do something she knew she wasn’t supposed to do such as climb the bookshelf. She’d slowly walk over to it and glance back to see if I was looking. I would tell […]

Nightmares

Fight Against Nighttime Monsters: How to Help Children Cope with Nightmares

January 24, 2019, Author: Tamra Cater

This post contains affiliate links, so if you click on it and make a purchase, we may earn a small commission.  My daughter had a nightmare a few weeks ago that resulted in her walking up screaming for me. When I heard her scream, it sounded like she was in pain or sick. When I […]

Crying

How to Calm a Crying Baby

January 21, 2019, Author: Tamra Cater

This post may contain affiliate links and we may earn compensation when you click on the links at no additional cost to you.  As a new parent, I can remember struggling to figure out how to calm my crying baby. Case in point: I can remember driving down the road at 5 am weary eyed […]

Sharing

Five Tips for Teaching Your Child to Share

January 20, 2019, Author: Tamra Cater

Teaching your child to share can be hard, but it’s something they need to learn. Sharing is a behavior that you should start to see at around 24 months, but it’s never to early to start working on it. My experience with my daughter My husband and I have only one child, but we plan […]

Discipline

An Alternative to Spanking: How to Redirect

January 19, 2019, Author: Tamra Cater

Before you do redirect behavior, it’s important to think about whether or not your child is ready, but also if you are ready. As much as you might want to yell, check yourself first. Take some deep breathes. Step out and take a break for a minute, and then try to redirect. An added benefit of remaining […]

Discipline

An Alternative to Spanking: Connect before Redirecting

January 17, 2019, Author: Tamra Cater

As parents, we may want to immediately respond to misbehavior with punishment because that is what we know. As mentioned in the previous post, there are some questions to consider before stepping in. You might decide your child is misbehaving, because they are hungry or tired. No matter the circumstance, it’s important to connect with […]

Discipline

An Alternative to Spanking: Questions to Consider First

January 11, 2019, Author: Tamra Cater

In my previous post, I discussed how spanking has been found to be ineffective in changing behaviors, so I wanted to offer an alternative to spanking. The book entitled No Drama Discipline by Daniel J. Seigel, M.D., and Tine Payne Bryson, Ph.D offers an excellent description of an alternative to spanking. So, I will be […]