The holiday season is so special - especially when little ones are involved. It can be a truly magical time. But who’s creating that magic? If you’re reading this, that means it’s probably you.
There’s so much pressure around the holidays to make each day/moment special. It can be exhausting to try to “keep up.” Extravagant gifting, detailed Elf-On-The-Shelf plans, 12 days of Christmas cookies. It can feel like it's never ending!
We understand wanting to make the holiday season special for your family, but it shouldn’t ALL be up to you. And it certainly shouldn’t be at the cost of your physical and mental health.
Here are some easy ways go avoid holiday burnout:
The holidays will be magical whether your home looks like something from a Pinterest board or not, so we hope you find these tips helpful and you enjoy your holidays with your family.
*We know many of these tips are easier said than done. If you find the holidays especially triggering, reach out to a loved one or healthcare provider.
Beginning daycare is a HUGE milestone for children and their parents. It can be incredibly stressful but also rewarding.
We want to acknowledge that here in our home of Nova Scotia, child care availability is a huge issue. We feel for those dealing with child care issues at the moment and want you to know that whatever you choose to do is best for your family.
Here are a few tips to hopefully make the transition just a tiny bit easier for you and your little one.
First, make a list of questions to ask the daycare provider. The answers to these will depend on the type of facility (daycare vs day home, etc.) but it’s good to have this info regardless.
Top 4 questions:
Summer vacations with little ones can sometimes feel more like work than a true vacation. The planning, packing, stressing about sleep and everything in between can make something that’s meant to be fun…anything but that.
But it doesn’t have to be that way! There are a few things families can do to remove some of the stress from a family vacay.
Here are some of our favourite tips!
Chat with any adults or older kids that are joining you on vacation about what your expectations are for the trip. Talk about desired behaviour, obstacles you may encounter, and how to ensure the experience is memorable for everyone.
Travelling with young kids and babies is always going to be a bit of a shot in the dark - some days will be magic, while others might be more of a disaster. You just have to roll with it!
We hope these tips help you feel more confident and less stressed as you plan your summer vacation(s). And remember, you’ll cherish these family vacation memories for the rest of your life. And that’s what it’s all about, right?
Becoming a parent changes a person in a monumental way. Your priorities change and your focus becomes loving, supporting and protecting that tiny person you just brought into the world.
As time goes on, you learn what works for you and your family. You develop a kind of parenting philosophy that comes with a toolkit. In that toolkit are tools you use to keep your baby happy and healthy.
Rolling, sitting unassisted, starting solids…there’s tons of information and discussion surrounding all of your baby’s milestones. But what about the milestones of Mom’s?
There are plenty of milestones reached in the first year or two (and beyond) of parenthood. One of the biggest, perhaps, is returning to work after parental leave. This blog will give you some tips for preparing to return to work, and how employers can help moms feel supported.
Tongue ties are a common condition that approximately 4-11% of babies are born with. Most of the time it is detected because of problems with breastfeeding, but for some it goes undetected. If you’re worried your baby has a tongue tie, there are treatment options!
The information in this post came from the conversation I had with Dr. Madison Baile, DC on my podcast Bringing Up Baby. Madison is a chiropractor who has a special interest in pregnant, postpartum and pediatric populations.
So you're ready to ditch the diapers, but is your child ready? Or are you worried that they are missing this important milestone? There are many things to consider when it comes to potty training. Read on for tips and information about toilet training.
The information in this post came from the conversation I had with Victoria Cernjak on my podcast Bringing Up Baby. Victoria is a toilet training coach and occupational therapist. She helps parents and children navigate all things toilet training as The Toilet Training Coach.
When it comes to parenting, there can still be a lot of stigma, especially around mental health. We find ourselves telling our friends and family that “life is good”, and we feel that we shouldn’t complain, but here’s the thing, you can totally complain.
Parenting is hard, let’s talk about it. Seeking mental health help, no matter where you are in your parenting journey; trying to conceive, pregnant or postpartum, is nothing to be ashamed of.
Let’s break the stigma, and talk about mental health care and resources.
The information in this post came from the conversation I had with Madeleine Stobbe on my podcast Bringing Up Baby. Madeleine is a Registered Psychologist and she specializes in treatment for perinatal mental health issues including depression and anxiety during pregnancy and postpartum, issues related to infertility, perinatal grief and loss, and reproductive trauma.
Anyone who has given birth has experienced the postpartum hormone changes. Shifts in your mood and menstrual cycle can be expected after having a baby, but when might you be experiencing a hormonal imbalance?
In this post we focus on the timeline of normal hormonal changes and when you might want to seek out help from a care provider.
The information in this post came from the conversation I had with Dr. Ashley Margeson, ND on my podcast Bringing Up Baby. Dr. Ashley is a naturopathic doctor at Cornerstone Naturopathic in Tantallon as well as Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. She specializes in burnout and hormone health. She also hosts The Superwoman Code Podcast.
Both Lindsey and Ashley contribute to the blog! Sometimes also with guests and sometimes from conversations with guests :)