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Ask a pregnant mother what her fears are and the answer may surprise you. With the first baby, fears tend to be about the pain of childbirth, financial woes and loss of independence. The second time around, a parent knows how to care for an infant and how quickly the dependent infant becomes a struggling-for-independence child.
But for many parents pregnant with the second, the fear is about the first child. How will she handle the new baby? How am I going to give my first the attention she is used to?
Preparing the first child for the arrival of the second is a big concern. Lorna Benton, MSW, specializes in working with children. “As long as a child is perceiving that their needs are being met, everything will be copasetic,” she said. “The difficulty is separating their wants from their needs. Healthy children want to please their parents and to be part of the process of including a new child into the family.” READ MORE.
Anna Stewart, B.A., C.M.T., C.H.T., mothers three young children, one with special needs. In her classes, workshops and services, she weaves her expertise as a professional writer, creative artist and student of rhythm dance. Anna offers a number of classes in the Boulder, Colorado, area. She can be reached at (303) 499-7681 or via e-mail at anna (at) motherhands.com. Her web site is ww.motherhands.com.
Pets and Kids: When Baby Makes Four By Dr. Jeff Feinman
The first rule of introducing your dog or cat to a new baby is that it must be a gradual process. Pets, especially dogs, need time to adjust to a new family member. When you learn a child is on the way, review basic obedience skills daily with your dog so that it will reliably and consistently obey you. The commands to "sit/stay" and "down/stay" are essential to control your dog and give direction for desirable behavior.
A curious and affectionate pet can unintentionally harm a baby. A child may be accidentally scratched or even dropped when a friendly dog jumps up on you to investigate. Keep your pet's nails well trimmed. If your pet has any type of behavior problem, resolve it now while your life is still relatively uncomplicated.
In anticipation of a baby's arrival, take preventive measures. Pre-existing behavior problems are often magnified with time, especially as seen through the eyes of a sleep-deprived new parent. New parents who are thinking of obtaining a pet soon after a baby's birth should carefully consider the additional investment of time and energy required and deserved by any pet. If you have any doubts, don't adopt a pet until later. READ MORE.
Jeffrey Feinman, BA, VMD, CVH, holds both molecular biology and veterinary degrees from the University of Pennsylvania. In clinical practice, he quickly became alarmed by increasing rates of allergy, cancer and other degenerative diseases. Frustration with the results of conventional therapy of these chronic diseases fueled an interest in natural, holistic therapies. Currently his practice integrates the latest, safest, diagnostic techniques and treatments with holistic modalities such as clinical nutrition and homeopathy. www.homevet.com
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Karen Prior replies: Within the last decade, yoga has become very popular in the West. With all of the styles, traditions, certifications and class offerings, it can be confusing when you are trying to find a qualified instructor.
Just because someone is a "great teacher" does not mean she is qualified to teach yoga. There are some individuals who seem to be able to teach just about anything because they possess the gift to do so. While this can be great in many subjects, it is not necessarily a good thing when it comes to yoga. Yoga is an ancient science, and it requires both personal experience and vast knowledge in order to teach safely.
In recent years, certification programs have surfaced that give credentials to just about anyone who will pay for them, sometimes in as few as eight hours of training. There are also teachers who start teaching without any formal training. That’s not to say that none of these teachers are good teachers — but it is important to do your own homework to see if the teacher can safely instruct you. Read More.
Karen Prior’s impressive breadth of knowledge in the therapeutic uses of yoga, nutrition and prenatal fitness is backed by solid credentials: she is a registered yoga teacher with the Yoga Alliance, a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists, a clinical nutritionist and a retired La Leche League leader. Karen runs a Registered Yoga School, where she offers specialized training in prenatal yoga and yoga for children through her programs MamasteYoga and Let'sPlayYoga. Karen lives in Texas with her husband and young daughter.
Are Christmas tree lights covered in lead — and are they hazardous? I am not normally paranoid, but I just read an article on how the presents under the Christmas tree get covered in lead dust …
The wires of many electrical devices, including Christmas lights, are insulated inside a plastic (PVC) coating. Some sort of stabilizer must be added to the PVC so that it will be heat resistant. PVC stabilizers commonly include metals such as lead, cadmium and tin.
The concern with these Christmas lights is that the lead will leech out of the PVC and be deposited on your hands while you are decorating. Lights containing lead that are sold in California must carry a Proposition 65 warning label, but those sold elsewhere contain no warnings. Lights manufactured in the United States are less likely to contain lead. Read More
Christine Climer is a registered nurse with experience in pulmonary disease, pediatrics, home health and hospice services. Also trained in early childhood education, she is currently executive director and child care nurse for an early childhood health promotion organization. She lives with her husband and three children (including a set of twins) in Texas and enjoys researching health issues and gardening.
This has to be the driest, least visited blog in the history of blogs and it just has to change - let's humanize us, shall we?
Let's start with some whining on the news front -
Being the publisher of Natural Family Online has to give me some kind of credentials, right? I thought so... or rather, I never really thought about it. Until I was contacted by a major PR firm.
They began the conversation innocently enough with a chat about PR on the radio, etc, and then they asked about my credentials. They politely moved towards having one of our staff writers like our RN, our PhD's, and others do the radio shows. Ouch! But it did give my staff and I a great laugh!