Mummy Madness

I got married and had two children all in 3 years. My son, also my first child, was born with a health condition that required surgery and we spent our first 6 weeks of parenthood in a NICU at a children’s hospital. It was the most difficult time of my life. Even after he came home I struggled with anxiety, depression, fear and anger. I turned to writing and my words slowly allowed me to crawl out of the hole I had dug myself into. I was forever changed. I began to realize that I had the ability to help others who were struggling with their journey in parenthood. As parents, we all have moments where we aren't sure what we are doing. I continue to write and share my experiences in hopes that I can help part the clouds for someone who is struggling.

Parental Leave

When I was pregnant Mr. C and I often discussed the possibility of him taking some parental leave and both agreed it would be a good idea. When Mr. T was born and we spent an unexpected six weeks in hospital it became even more apparent that a paternity lPandora Glass Beads another eave was an ideal situation for our family. Mr. C had saved up all his vacation for the year so that he could take time off when our first baby was born. We had no...

September 30, 2014 Read Blog

They’re Just Clothes…Right?

With two 18 month old girls, we've gathered a lot of clothing in ouCheap Pandora Australia Saler house.  Bins, bins and more bins…not a good thing to have when you have a hubby who doesn't like clutter. True, the clothes are all very organized in their big rubbermaid bins but they're just taking up way too much space in our home. So I was given the task of selling everything from itty bitty booties to fancy frilly dresses. Something...

September 29, 2014 Read Blog

Disciplining: Thinking Outside the Box

As a parent I know that for every bit of fun and enjoyment to be had with Pandora Charms Australiand, there’s always the possibility of consequences and necessary discipline, too. It’s the parent’s responsibility to teach their children right from wrong, as well, as how to behave, how to treat others, etc. – I know, it’s a BIG job! With seven kids of my own ranging in age from 8 months to 27 years old, I’ve learned a thing or two...

September 25, 2014 Read Blog

Moms, Get #BackToYou This Fall

Why YOU Need to Put Yourself First and Five Ways You Can It’s a simple analogy: you are on an airplane travelling with your small child. If you can manage to hear over your kid’s grumblings and see beyond their wiggling body, you will learn from the flight attendant that in the case of an emergency oxygen masks will drop Pandora Glass Beads from overhead. It is stressed then, and time and time again, that you must first put the mask on...

September 23, 2014 Read Blog

Is your baby’s name suddenly popular?

Even though we didn’t know what we were having back in 2010, one thing was for sure: when our January 2011 baby arrived, he’d be named Henry if he were a he and Charlotte if he were a girl. As January became February, and our baby took his time, we held steadfast on that. Our bouncing baby was born in early 2011 and we went with our favourite name: Henry. As we slowly met other families in our neighbourhood with babies around the same...

September 23, 2014 Read Blog

10 Hollywood Home Births

Hollywood is having a baby boom. And some of our favorite celebrity moms are welcoming their babies at home. While home births still constitute less than 1 percent of total births in the United States, births at home have increased 50 percent since 2004, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Continue reading about 10 celebrity moms – including Cindy Crawford, Alyson Hannigan and Gisele Bündchen  - who had home...

September 22, 2014 Read Blog

Tips to Build Self-Esteem in Kids

A healthy self-esteem is the foundation to a lifetime of positive mental health and social happiness.How you feel about yourself affects how you behave and how you treat others. Kids who understand their own strengths and weaknesses and feel good about themselves seem to have an easier time handling conflict and resisting negative pressures. It’s our job as parents to help build our children’s self-esteem and make them feel good about...

September 18, 2014 Read Blog

Rosie Pope’s Advice For Kate Middleton: “This Too Shall Pass”

Rosie Pope is not only an actress, she’s also a household name in the parenting world. Pope, 34, is the founder of Rosie Pope Maternity, MomPrep and Rosie Pope Baby, as well as author of “Mommy IQ: The Complete Guide to Pregnancy.” Just recently, spoke with the mom-of-four about how she balances work and home, what makes royal babies so exciting and her plans forRosie Pope Baby. CBS: The news about Will and Kate expecting baby #2 has...

September 12, 2014 Read Blog

Don’t Let the Flu Catch You

We’re nearing that time of year again—the dreaded cold and flu season. This year you can be prepared to take control and keep illness at bay by following these easy tips. With seven children of my own I know the flu, or even a cold, can wreak havoc on a child’s immune system, and if you have multiple children in your home then you know full well how quickly illness can spread from one child to another. Follow these easy tips to help your...

September 11, 2014 Read Blog

Car Seats – Rear Facing Vs Forward Facing

It wasn’t too long ago that as soon as parents celebrated their little one’s first birthday they automatically made the switch from rear facing infant car seat to a forward facing car seat. Recommendations have changed and blowing out first birthday candles may not necessarily signify that it is time to turn the car seat around. Most babies start out their driving experience nestled comfortably in an infant bucket seat that’s easily...

September 10, 2014 Read Blog

Reading, writing, ‘rithmatic Or: Why I don’t care if my 3.5 year old can’t read

Henry can identify exactly one letter of the alphabet: O. HE’s been able to do it since he was very little. We don’t know how he figured it out, where he learned it or what, but he always points out O and says it out loud. I find it adorable. Some kids around his age are able to write their names and read a few words. I think those kids are super clever. But, for some strange reason, I’m so not bothered to try and teach Henry to read or...

September 9, 2014 Read Blog

Snuggle Up and Read!

Routine is something that has been a part of our family since the very beginning. One of the first routines we put in place was a bed time routine. Story time has been a huge part of  our bedtime routine from the very beginning, in fact I read to both my children before they were even born. I love reading and I wanted to pass on my passion for books to my kids. Our personal library keeps growing and  we like to change up our books often but...

September 8, 2014 Read Blog

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