For Parents

Bullying Prevention Month

October is National Bullying Prevention Month. One local parent, husband and former educator is doing his part to encourage everyone to take an active role in the bullying prevention movement.

The Top Five Misconceptions About Breastfeeding

By Teresa Stackhouse, MSW, RN, BSN, IBCLC

As an RN working in postpartum and special care nursery, and as a Lactation Consultant working in the NICU and outpatient settings, I’ve encountered several recurring misconceptions about breastfeeding. These misconceptions get handed down and passed around from well-intentioned girlfriends, aunties, and neighbors.These people have your best interests at heart, but their own lack of knowledge and experience can give you a defeatist attitude toward breastfeeding before you even start. Most of these myths and misconceptions focus on how difficult and insufficient breastfeeding is.

Five Tips for Breast Milk Storage

By Teresa Stackhouse, MSW, RN, BSN, IBCLC

You’ve gone to all the time and difficulty to collect the world’s most perfect nutrition for your infant. You want to make the best of what you’ve collected using it all and minimizing waste as much as possible.

What to Expect After a C-Section

By Teresa Stackhouse, MSW, RN, BSN, IBCLC

As an RN who worked postpartum, I often heard the same refrain from mothers who had C-sections, “I didn’t expect it to hurt this much.” This was true for those mothers who had unexpected C-sections as well as planned and repeat sections. The sense that I got from these mothers is that because C-sections are such common procedures (nearly 1/3 of deliveries are sections) they should be like getting a cavity filled or mole removed. Unfortunately, that is not the case. Healthcare workers are guilty of minimizing the procedure. C-sections may be common place for an OB nurse, but not for the new mama.

101 Things To Do This Summer

Are your kids going to be home for the summer? Need some ideas to keep them entertained?

Here are 101!

Teaching Thankfulness

We know Thanksgiving is about more than turkey and pie, but often in the rush to set a pretty table and buy the ingredients for the perfect meal we don’t stop to make sure our kids know that, too. It’s not until we’re sitting down with family ready to dig in to the turkey that we think about offering a prayer of thanksgiving or talking about what we’re thankful for this year. Teaching kids about thankfulness doesn’t take long but leaves a lasting impression. Here are some tips for getting kids to understand the significance of Thanksgiving, and of giving thanks.

Snack Necklace

Great craft for children of all ages!

Displaying and Storing Children’s Artwork

Frames

You can frame a collage of your children’s artwork

You can select one piece and frame it with matting

You can use empty frames with corkboard, clips or clothespins to change out the artwork. Depending on your style you can use all the same frames or mix and match. You could also paint the frames to make your décor.

How to Become a Breast Milk Donor

By Teresa Stackhouse, MSW, RN, BSN, IBCLC

Have you ever been in the position where you’ve had to throw out breast milk because you knew that your infant or toddler would never be able to finish it before it expires? Are you an overproducer with more breast milk in your freezer than your little one will ever consume? Would you like to do something wonderful and selfless? Would you like to help the sickest, most frail creatures on the planet? If so, you might be a good candidate to donate your breast milk.

Ready to poo poo potty training? Read this first.

From the moment you held your little bundle of joy, you knew this day would come.  You knew it wouldn’t be easy. You knew it would be gross.  Potty. Training. Perhaps the one part of parenting everyone would rather skip. But guess what?