Two days past her due date, Jennifer Pileggi finally went into labor. After several hours, the baby monitor showed that each time the 32-year-old from Orlando, Florida, had a strong contraction, her baby’s heart rate dropped. Worried, the doctor recommended a Cesarean section. Pileggi was relieved when Anson was born the next day and seemed perfectly healthy, weighing 7 pounds 13 ounces. But soon a nurse noticed the baby seemed to be breathing too rapidly and took him for further evaluation. Within two hours, Anson had landed in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU, pronounced “nick-you”). “I was shocked,” says Pileggi. “Nothing seemed wrong with him.” Anson had retained fluid in his lungs, a condition called transient tachypnea of the newborn, or TTN...
Effective conversation helps parents create lasting, meaningful relationships with their kids. These 10 powerful statements can get you started on your way.
Perhaps this is not surprising given our over-connected, always-on world. Yet parents often don’t realize how large of a role they actually play in developing and nurturing this skill. In my book, “Ten Powerful Things to Say to Your Kids: Creating the Relat...
We want to protect our kids from the bad in the world, but it’s not always possible. Here’s how to have the right conversations about scary news to help our kids handle it.
It was like someone had knocked the wind of my chest, and my husband had to tighten his grip on the steering wheel. I collected myself enough to respond as casually as I could, despite reeling on the inside.
“Um, yes,” I said. “How do you know that?”
“We learned about it in school,” my daughter said, matter-of-factly. “It’s really sad.”
“Yes, yes, it is,” I replied.
A mom-of-three offers six hard and fast rules for successfully juggling kids’ schedules.
Yup, we’ve all been there. As a mom-of-three, I constantly feel overwhelmed by my kids’ schedules. We’re rushing to ballet, then soccer, then playgroup...
When you become a parent, everyone shares their parenting advice with you, if you want it or not. But you have to tune out what feels wrong for you, even if it comes from dear ol’ mom.
When it comes to parenting advice, one thing is certain; there’s never a shortage of it! When you become a parent, it seems everyone has an opinion on just about everything, from how many kids you should haveto what your child should eat for lunch.
Most of us appreciate a little help, depending on who is offering it, of course. Grandma? Well, she raised you, didn’t she? Experienced mom next door? Tell me more! Random guy at the gas station? Seriously?
So who do parents really trust to answer their biggest parenting questions?
An Irish parenting site called Her Family reports on a recen...
Dad starts Project: Breastfeeding to support wife and educate dads
Breastfeeding is more complex than it seems, and a husband of a struggling nursing mother decided to do something about it.
Hector Cruz, a photographer in Clarksville, Tennessee, founded Project: Breastfeeding, a campaign to educate more fathers like himself and to empower women by raising awareness and destigmatizing breastfeeding in public.
The project aims to help fathers understand “what a vital role they actually play in the breastfeeding journey with their spouses and their children,” Hector says in the introduction video for his campaign, which he began in November 2013.
Hector and his wife Nicole battled infertility for more than 10 years before Nicole b...
If you’re willing to think outside the box, tons of father-daughter activities can serve up a dual dose of girl-glee and dad-delight to your bonding time, no matter your locale or lifestyle.
If you’re an Outdoorsy Dad, pack a picnic and head to your local zoo or botanical garden. Just north of downtown Atlanta is the picturesque Atlanta Botanical Garden. Chase butterflies, learn about the environment, and, when your tummy starts growling, unpack lunch at nearby Piedmont Park. In the winter, the park is home to an ice skating rink, which makes it a great place to visit year round.
For the Geek Dads, take a trip to Las Vegas’ Pinball Hall of Fame. This nonprofit establishment is dedicated to all things pinball...Read More
Even dads with average parenting skills can make a real impact on their children’s lives
Four decades of research and hundreds of studies have proven what should be obvious to everyone: The more involved a dad is, the more successful his children will be. A father’s influence can determine a child’s social life, grades at school, and future achievements.
Involved dads = Successful children
The dad effect starts as early as birth. A review of studies by the Father Involvement Research Alliance shows that babies with more involved fathers are more likely to be emotionally secure, confident in new situations, and eager to explore their surroundings. As they grow, they are more sociable...