Archives for January 2010

Positive Parenting Tip: Gibberish and Gobbledigook!

positive_Parenting_tipOur Yogi Parenting audio tips are presented every Friday by Michaela Turner, BS Ed, CYKT, YKT, Co-Founder Yogi Parenting

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Michaela is a 30 year veteran educator and a Certified YogaKids Teacher and Trainer. She teaches yoga baby and yoga kids classes for children throughout St. Louis, Missouri. As the Co-founder of the online parenting course, Yogi Parenting, Michaela offers tips on parenting and seminars nationally, blending her joy for yoga with her love for children.

How to Respond to Birth Trauma

If your baby has experienced a traumatic birth, this can lead to further complications like difficulty breastfeeding or breathing issues. What can you do to help? (Video 2:39)

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How to Bridge the New Generation Gap

Okay, moms… I hate to break it to you of the MTV generation, you are NOT cool anymore! Being a GenExer myself, I’m mostly okay with that… and the fact that the baton is being passed to the new new princes and princesses of cool!

Embarassingly enough, I am finding myself saying things like, “When I was a kid…” Ugh! Ya! And just this weekend, my 8 year old whined at me, “You just don’t understand what it’s like to be a kid!!!!”

Okay, so I’ve enlisted someone who does… Vanessa Van Petten, Youthologist at www.RadicalParenting.com… parenting from the teens perspective. Tell us, Vanessa, what is the difference between Gen X and Gen Y/Z?! What is it  like to be a kid in the digital age?
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How to Do the Homework Hokey Pokey

No animals were harmed in the making of this film.

Those are the last words I recall before falling asleep. I stayed up way past my bedtime while watching a DVD of the cult classic: The Doberman Gang. And, that was after completing an impressive heap of homework—not mine—my son’s.teens_homework

Motherly worries made it difficult to sleep after what felt like a tag-team wrestling match over homework. How can we have a child who will do everything in his power to avoid doing homework when both his father and I were the type of kids who had near panic attacks if we slipped up on just one assignment? [Read more…]

37 Weeks: Crystal Ball

It seems our twins have tricked a good number of people into thinking they would already be born by now.

At 36.5 weeks a pregnant, I saw my OB last Thursday, whom, after measuring me at 3 cm dilated and 75% thinned raised her eyebrows and laughed a little when I said, “See you next Thursday.” She and the entire front desk staff felt I would most likely “go” that weekend (if not later that day). My Doula, after hearing my progress report, put her money on the weekend as well, though she did qualify her quess with “If I could predict which day you’d go into labor… I’d be a very busy Doula!”

Me? Well, hearing how encouraging all the signs were, one night this weekend when contractions started coming every 10 minutes or so… I excitedly repacked my hospital bag, certain I would be delivering that next [Read more…]

How to Find Your Passion

As part of our series on providing tips for mom entrepreneurs, I interviewed Elena Verlee, a successful mom entrepreneur herself who has started and sold several companies. Now, she is helping others get buzz for their businesses as well as coaching people on turning their passions into business ideas! Listen to Elena’s inspired tips and find YOUR passion!

Interview with Elena Verlee (AUDIO 3:48)

Share your passion with us in the comments!Elena_Verlee

You can find Elena at www.PRinYourPajamas.com and @ElenaVerlee on Twitter. [Read more…]

Positive Parenting Tip: Letting Go!

positive_Parenting_tipOur Yogi Parenting audio tips are presented every Friday by Michaela Turner, BS Ed, CYKT, YKT, Co-Founder Yogi Parenting

Listen to this :15 AUDIO TIP:

Michaela is a 30 year veteran educator and a Certified YogaKids Teacher and Trainer. She teaches yoga baby and yoga kids classes for children throughout St. Louis, Missouri. As the Co-founder of the online parenting course, Yogi Parenting, Michaela offers tips on parenting and seminars nationally, blending her joy for yoga with her love for children.

How to Make Resolutions… and Break Them!

My daughter has a goal to be the first six-year-old with a hundred-dollar bill. I don’t have the heart to tell her about the Vanderbilt/Whitney/Mary-Kate and Ashley set. So far she’s accumulated three twenties from her weekly payoffs/allowances. resolutionsI’m glad she has a goal, even if the economy has turned our notions of thrift and hard work upside down. In that spirit, let’s take a look at a few resolutions we might as well break in the New Year. [Read more…]

Week 36: Pre-Birth ENERGY

After weeks and weeks of planning, fixing up the nursery, washing and folding baby clothes, etc, etc… I’ve still managed to wake up each morning this week with new “To-Do-Before-Giving-Birth” items. I see each day as a gift of time… 24 hours to do the things that I’ve either flat out forgotten to do or, to be quite honest, do not need to do prior to labor, but left undone, would surely fall by the wayside for a couple months.

What are some of these “to-do’s” magically popping into my brain [Read more…]

How to Handle with Care: Good Grief

When we go to visit father’s grave my husband and children stand by my side. None of them knew my dad; they are there for me. I always cry a bit; I get hugs all around. On the way home from our last visit my youngest asked, “Why do we come if it makes you cry every time?” I say, “I really feel fine. It’s hard to explain.” grievingI wish I had a better answer. I’m surprised that he wonders why I would cry every time. I’m not sobbing; I just “puddle up.” I wonder how my children will manage grief when it affects them. I wonder how I might help them through it. So, when I get home, I call Lucy.

Lucy Nile is a bereavement facilitator who conducts support groups for schools and family support organizations including Annie’s Hope. [Read more…]