If you have an ounce of empathy in your body, then you can feel like you’ve been hit by a truck when learning more about families being separated at the border. Parents are particularly vulnerable to secondary trauma when deeply considering the ramifications of a child...

  1. Find small, meaningful ways for older brother or sister to be involved from the start. Talk about his or her role and how important siblings are.

  2. Expect the unexpected.

  3. Avoid comparing siblings. Each child is their own person and one strategy may not work...

April 20, 2017

You’re Still a Good Mom If You…

- don’t love being around your kids every moment of every day.

- need time to yourself.

- want to reconnect with your pre-baby interests.

- feel resentful towards your friends who seem to “have it together.”

- forget to communicate your needs...

September 20, 2016

An Anonymous New Mom’s Breastfeeding Story

I asked this mom to write up her story. She allowed me to share it with you.

-Emily Griffin, MSW, LICSW, LCSW-C

Happy Parents, Happy Babies LLC

I didn’t realize that I cared at all about breastfeeding until after my son was born....

As a psychotherapist who works with new parents, I often hear dads talk about feeling left out. They feel pressure to “provide” and don’t have much flexibility in their work schedule, or even worse, have to work longer hours to make up for mom extending her maternity l...

Breastfeeding is known as the most primal and first tangible way we can show our undying commitment to nurturing this little person we have brought into this world. But how does it feel for a mom who has a health condition that requires a medication that may harm her b...

Mindfulness & Self-Care for New Parents

 

“Mindful parenting is a lifelong practice. It means you become less attached to outcomes and more mindful of what’s unfolding in your life and your children’s lives. Mindful parenting is about moment-to-moment, openhearted and no...

March 26, 2014

 

This blog post is recorded on a radio show that can be found at www.The-American-Family.com.

 

My recurring segment on The American Family is entitled Mindful Parenting and today I’ll be addressing my take on the video game debate & how video games can reasonably be int...

January 6, 2014

I have often been considered among my friends and family as “put-together,” the one who no one has to worry about, always able to bounce back without help. This was not actually the case, but that was apparently my image. When I announced my separation from my first hu...

November 30, 2013

As a mom of four sons, I have thoughts on some prevailing stereotypes and flawed thinking that do our future men of tomorrow a disservice.

 

I want to ask you to look in the eye of any father and try to see him in a different light. This man be he absentee or not was onc...

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