Celebrating the 100th anniversary of the first Mother’s Day, Mothernova’s first birthday, and Food Allergy Awareness Week…. I can’t believe we launched Mothernova.com one year ago today. Happy Mother’s Day to you, and happy birthday to us! Little did we foresee the wonderful parenting and food allergy friends and communities we would find!
Parents who engage in empathic parenting by setting age-appropriate expectations while offering love and understanding will find their “sweet spot” for raising happy and successful kids, Dr. Laura Markham, the founder of Aha! Parenting, told a group of parents at at Our Savior’s Way Lutheran Church in Ashburn, Va. With peaceful parenting, we’re setting reasonable limits while supporting and connecting with our children; we’re working to achieve cooperation without punishment, the renowned parenting expert said. “This means whatever your child is trying to master, you’re giving them the support to learn how to do it,” Dr. Markham said. Teaching our children emotional regulation through self-discipline and resilience is key, she continued.
With Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, food allergies and other auto-immune conditions on the rise, so many parents and their children find themselves struggling to manage emotions that can be intense, challenging and confusing. Clinical psychologists Judith M. Glasser, PhD, and Kathleen Nadeau, PhD, offer us Learning to Feel Good and Stay Cool: Emotional Regulation Tools for Kids With AD/HD.
I’m going to be honest with you. Not that I haven’t been in my past posts, but I’m going to share some feelings that I haven’t shared before: On many days, managing food allergies feels like I’m walking a tightrope. It’s true. A tightrope over what? So many things. But it’s a tightrope. Other days it turns into a balance beam…
An Ode to Food Allergy Friends on Christmas: God Bless the Big and Small! We have the rules behind us. God bless the 504! So we can get our schools safe and say, “Allergens, no more!”
Cultivating a love of music in our children when they are young is important for so many reasons. It not only lays the foundation for learning how to play instruments, but also can create a soothing environment and influence brain activity. When my son was younger, we were lucky to find Beth Frook, the director of Little Hands. Beth has such a wonderful way with children–and their parents!–that makes even the most timid want to jump up and sing. While families are running around in so many different directions these days, good old playtime gets lost in the shuffle. It’s only appropriate that “Miss Beth” is the subject of my first interview. I hope I’m able to capture what I love about her and give you tips for instilling a love of music in your children as well.
Welcome to Mothernova, a parenting website created by a journalist-mama with two energetic kiddos, a constantly curious mind, and a long list of questions about food allergies, vaccines, breastfeeding, creative play, and several other hot-button parenting issues. When my first child was born over four years ago, I came face-to-face with food allergies and sleep apnea. I truly got a crash course in motherhood and quickly learned how to be my child’s best advocate. I love interviewing, researching, and really getting to the bottom of things. In this spirit, Mothernova will deliver practical tips, special interviews, feature reports, and short blasts of information from those “in the know” straight to you!