Category - Birth – First Year

6 Tips for a Mindful Grandparenthood

Birth - First Year
Grandparenting
Parenting Skills

As 2017 comes to a close, and I reflect on what I would like parents to think about, I am struck by the amazing cycle of life and family. My mother left this earth at the age of almost 94 only days after we discovered that my younger daughter and her husband were expecting twins. This news was a BIG surprise to us because we have no history of twins in our family, but the first thought that came to my mind as I was staying with my mother in her final days was, “I always knew it would take… Continue Reading


Posted by Stephanie Agnew on December 22, 2017

Being Grandparents

Birth - First Year
Grandparenting
Parenting Skills

It is so exciting to have a new grandchild, and of course all we want to do is help! We newly minted grandparents have “been there before,” because we raised a wonderful child (the new parent) and we have plenty of wisdom to share. It’s challenging for us new grandparents to watch our children, and now grandchildren, struggle when we’re pretty sure we know the solution. But the new parents need to find their own “parenting voices.” In the early days and weeks of being a grandparent, our job is to be grand (definition of grand: splendid or magnificent) parents… Continue Reading


Posted by Cherie Tannenbaum on December 1, 2017

Making Room for Baby Number Two! 6 Tips to Help Your Toddler

Birth - First Year
Parenting Skills
Parents Tips

Once the excitement of pregnancy with your second baby wears off and reality sets in with the baby’s birth, you may find yourself understandably anxious to help your toddler adjust to their growing family. It’s helpful to remember that no matter how “prepared” they are, toddlers can be expected to have some anxiety about the changing family dynamics. When a new sibling arrives home some toddlers are excited; others ignore the new baby, mom or dad; and some even appear oblivious. Your toddler is suddenly hearing “just a minute” more than usual: “Just a minute—I have to feed/change/calm the baby.”… Continue Reading


Posted by Admin on February 21, 2017

Breastfeeding in the First Few Days

Birth - First Year

Breastfeeding an infant in the first few days after birth can be a challenge. For a first time parent, there is nothing quite as disorienting as arriving home from the hospital with a newborn and no instruction manual. The conflicting advice from well-meaning family, friends and professionals abounds: Never wake a sleeping baby! Wake the baby to feed! Don’t give the baby formula! Give the baby formula! Breastfeeding is always painful in the beginning! Breastfeeding should not be painful! And on and on. . . So, what are new parents to do when the nurses, lactation consultants, pediatricians and family… Continue Reading


Posted by Cherie Tannenbaum on July 26, 2016

Anxiety After Baby: Do You Have It?

Birth - First Year

What if you’re a new mom and instead of feeling exhilarated, you find yourself feeling very anxious, sad, irritable or lonely? What if you feel guilty for being a “bad mom,” as you find yourself not living up to what seems like everyone else’s “baby bliss?” Many new parents are surprised to learn that at least 1 in 7 women experience a Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorder (PMAD), which we now know may encompass more than “post-partum depression.” In fact, excessive anxiety is just as debilitating as depression and these symptoms can begin as early as the first trimester of… Continue Reading


Posted by Cherie Tannenbaum on April 11, 2016

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